Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview
Replacing the ageing Freelander 2, the new Land Rover Discovery Sport is the first luxury SUV in its segment to feature 5+2 seating layout. Rolled out in four variants namely S, SE, HSE and HSE luxury, the model series gets power from the same 2.2 litre SD4 diesel powertrain that served in the outgoing version. The engine is available in two states of tune and works in unison with an automatic transmission.The growing demand for SUVs globally and great products have written the success story for Land Rover. Land Rover has been successful and was also in profit even when Tata Motors had bought it. However, now what has changed is the company’s approach as it is making lighter, faster, more efficient and greener UVs. The Discovery Sport is the newest entrant, and will be the new-entry level off-roader to earn the Land Rover badge. Book a Test Drive for Discovery Sport in Tryaldrive
Land Rover Discovery Sport Exterior
The Discovery Sport is smart, well proportioned and interesting but doesn’t have the show value of something like an Evoque. Still, there’s a certain honesty to the chunky shape which, if you think about it, more than links the Sport to the Freelander. The Sport is 91mm longer than its predecessor and also sits on a wheelbase that’s grown by 80mm. These increments, and the incorporation of a compact multi-link rear suspension, have allowed Land Rover to fit in a third row of seats, giving the Sport somewhat of an advantage over its five-seat competitors – the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. But Land Rover is being cautious and calling the Sport a ‘5+2’ rather than a seven-seater, simply because space in the rear is only suited for kids, given the poor access, the awkward seating position and limited space. Also worth noting is that seven-seat versions only get a space-saver spare tyre as opposed to the full-size spare the standard five-seat versions come with. To be honest, we’d suggest you save the Rs 1.5 lakh Land Rover wants for the additional two seats.
As on all modern Land Rovers, the Discovery Sport’s cabin is neat with a long-lasting feel to everything, though some plastics low down do feel quite ordinary. Angular cues dominate the dashboard and, once again, it doesn’t look revolutionary in any way; just very Land Rover. What does make a difference is the new touchscreen-operated infotainment system. It’s a step up from the older system offered on all Land Rovers, and is easy enough to useon the move. However, the interface is not the best or slickest around.
Land Rover Discovery Sport Interior
In the Discovery Sport, you sit at a nice height that’ll give you a good view out. Front seat comfort is good. The middle row passengers get seats which are supportive and can be moved fore and aft to maximise legroom or free up knee room for the last row. Space, in general, is good while the large windows allow enough light into the cabin. Land Rover has also given the cabin lots of recesses for small items and thoughtfully equipped it with seven USB charging points, one for each occupant.
Land Rover has launched the Discovery Sport in India in four trims, with the the top HSE Luxury solely available with the more powerful of the two engines on offer. The base S trim doesn’t get all that much in equipment so if you are considering a Discovery Sport, it’s worth extending your budget to the SE version that comes with a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlamps, sliding and reclining rear seats, parking aids, two-zone climate control and 10-speaker audio system. HSE versions additionally feature full leather seats, electric seat adjust, rear view camera and park assist (it’ll parallel/ perpendicular park the car for you!). The pricey HSE Luxury car gets rear seat entertainment systems, 10-way powered front seats and a 17-speaker Meridian audio system. An adaptive suspension is also part of the kit.
Land Rover Discovery Sport Performance
The Discovery Sport gets the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines as the Freelander2. The Discovery Sport is lighter than the Freelander2 and hence it has much better performance also. The Freelander2 was based on a Ford-designed EUCD platform, which it even shares it with other Volvos as well. The new-generation Land Rovers are utilising in-house technology and this is helping them to become independent and at the same time even moving away it’s synergies from its previous owner Ford Motor Company.
The Discovery Sport’s diesel engine is offered in states of tune, one is 148bhp and the second is 188bhp. These are mated to a nine-speed transmission. We have driven the five-seater 188bhp version. The engine noise is fairly low and the NVH levels are at par with competition. The power that this engine produces is good enough and what we appreciate is the instant response from the engine. There is sufficient power on tap to overtake but no V6 Diesel option on offer that some of the competition offers as well. So if we compare apples to apples the Discovery Sport is at par with competition.Driving in city or the highway you won’t run out of steam. There is sufficient grunt in the engine and makes it easy to drive. Ideally drive it in D mode, the S mode is when you want to sprint ahead but the difference isn’t anything major. In D the engine is comfortable as it is mostly in its power band and this is sufficient to drive.
The Discovery Sport actually works very well as a vehicle for long distance travel. The suspension feels beautifully damped at high speeds and body control is good. Add to this a well-weighted steering and what you get is a great feeling of control. Also, while the Discovery Sport may not be an X3 around the corners, handling is always neat and tidy. Unfortunately, the Discovery Sport also comes across as a bit stiffly sprung at low speeds. There’s that little bit of movement over all sorts of surface imperfections and even bumps you may not feel do register a noise at the tyres.
Off road, the Discovery Sport feels remarkably talented. We’ve driven the Discovery Sport on moderate off-road trails outside Mumbai and on ice and snow in Iceland before and can vouch for the efficacy of the Terrain Response System it comes with as standard. The system preps the steering, throttle, braking and centre coupling-based all-wheel-drive system for a variety of conditions. Due credit also to the Discovery Sport’s good approach, departure and ramp breakover angles, and impressive 600mm wading depth.
Land Rover Discovery Sport Braking & Safety
A string of features have been installed in the vehicle to ensure prudent braking experience and vouching for a safe driving experience as well. To start with features like anti-lock-braking system with electronic traction control, roll stability control, dynamic stability control and adaptive dynamics with MagneRide. For safety of driver and co-passenger, sidebags, front airbags and curtainbags are put in place. Perimetric and volumetric protection along with 24 X 7 road side assistance is also available on the SUV.
Land Rover Discovery Sport Cost in Chennai
Land Rover Discovery Sport Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 42,46,997/- (Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel Pure 5 Seats) to 52,29,484/- (Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel HSE Luxury 5 Seats). Get best offers for Land Rover Discovery Sport from Land Rover Dealers in Chennai. Check for Discovery Sport price in Chennai at Carzprice
Land Rover Discovery Sport Bottomline
The Freelander2 had been a great off-roader. But with what the brand has done is that made it even better. The Freelander2 was the most adventurous in its segment when it came to sitting it’s shoes, now the Discovery Sport even possesses good on-road manners too.Land Rover has enhanced its product against the German rivals and there is no denying that the Discovery Sport is far more superior product. The company has invested more on the underpinnings and this what makes the Discovery Sport a better buy for those who need capable off-roaders. If you only want luxury, then pick the Range Rover Evoque.This is more luxurious and is at par worth competition, but not an capable off-roader as the Discovery Sport. Our personal pick is the Discovery Sport, as we like to love to go off the road very often.