This Land Rover Discovery was crash tested by the `New Car Assessment Program' (NCAP) in 1994. NCAP is a research body funded by Australian insurance companies and motoring bodies.
The frontal crash test was carried out at 56kph (35mph) into a solid concrete wall. An offset crash test (of a second Discovery!) was carried out at 60kph (37mph) into a crushable pad, constructed to simulate crashing into another vehicle, and only 40% of the width of the front of the car contacts the barrier. (These are severe tests, well above the 48kph (30mph) used for ADR-69.)
The assessment was that the driver stood a 63% chance of a life threatening injury - principally to the head and brain damage was `likely'. The passenger had a 16% chance of a life threatening injury - again principally to the head and brain damage was `possible'. These results are about par for the four wheel drives that were tested. The newest and heaviest model tested, a Toyota LandCruiser GXL 80-series, performed best.
The tested Discoveries were not fitted with air-bags. Air-bags could be expected to reduce the occupants' risk of injury.
The (dummy) passenger's head struck the grab handle which is mounted on the dash-board.
The interior of the car seems only slightly damaged. There is nearly full leg-room, and chest or leg injuries are `unlikely'.
The bodywork from the front axle rearwards, looks relatively intact - perhaps too intact as energy is disipated into the deforming structure. The chassis has kinked approximately level with the leading edge of the front doors.