Land Rover Discovery Series II1999-2004 models built after October 1998
MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST
|Structure/safety cage||Injury measures||Restraints/dummy kinematics|
|Head/neck||Chest||Leg/foot, left||Leg/foot, right|
Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.
Good Acceptable Marginal Poor
The Land Rover Discovery was re-engineered during the 1999 model year and renamed the Discovery Series II. The size of the cargo area was increased, and for all 1999 and later models manufactured after October 1998, the vehicle was structurally modified to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes. (Note: Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door.)
The Institute has evaluated the crashworthiness of a 1999 Discovery Series II with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.
Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head tilted toward the driver door and then hit the B-pillar as it continued moving rearward. There was too much upward movement of the steering wheel.
Injury measures — Measures taken from the head, neck, and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Forces on both tibias indicate that injuries to the lower legs would be possible. Acceleration on the left foot indicate that injuries to the foot would also be possible. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was low.
Left to right:
- Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
- The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well.
- Intrusion in the footwell area contributed to high forces on the dummy's left leg, indicating injury likelihood.
- Smeared greasepaint on the airbag shows where the dummy's face contacted it. The restraints performed well except for the excessive steering column movement.
- Antilock brakes
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 1999 Land Rover Discovery Series II 4wd
- Class: Midsize SUV
- Weight: 4,707 lbs.
- Side airbags: none
- Wheelbase: 100 in.
- Length: 185 in.
- Width: 74 in.
- Engine: 4.0 L V8
- EPA ratings: 13 mpg city | 16 mpg highway