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LAND ROVER DISCOVERY HSE

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Published on Sat, May 10, 2003

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY HSE

By ROY NAKANO

This $40,000 SUV can do some fantastic maneuvers off road, where it is very much at home. Ascending and descending steep rakes? No problem with this Land Rover in ultra low gear mode. Going over boulders? The Rover's unusually long-legged steering ratio makes it easy. Transversing hillsides at a 35-degree angle doesn't seem to bother this vehicle either.

On road, the Discovery does little particularly well. On-road handling is pretty mediocre (even by SUV standards), as is acceleration (despite the vehicle's new V8 motor) and gas mileage (because of the vehicle's new V8 motor). The ride is definitely truck-like, and the cabin lets in quite a bit of noise.

In all fairness, there are two things the Discovery does well on-road: Look good and look expensive. And, of course, it's a Rover. For some people, that's enough.

For more information on the Discovery please go to www.landrover.com

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