The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is a premium SUV that is out to steal buyers from its premium rivals.And it has all the ammunition – along with an attractive starting price of £32,395 – to do so.
It follows the Freelander 2 and has been much improved, including better styling, more room and greater versatility, thanks to its seven-seat layout that now makes space for two additional passengers.
The exterior styling of the Discovery Sport is new and shares similarities with the more upmarket and premium Range Rover fleet, especially the Evoque.
Its aerodynamic, sleek styling works alongside Land Rover’s trademark off-road capability, making it a great-looking car that is more versatile than many of its rivals.
Motorists can add bespoke touches to their Discovery Sport to make it more individual, such as a choice of 18-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels or contrasting-colour roof for extra style.
Inside, it is spacious and flexible. The potential loading space is a huge 1,698 litres. (By the way, ever wondered what a litre is? It’s a lump of plastic like a brick, and it’s someone’s job to fit as many of these into the space, without breaking, twisting or mauling the blocks out of shape. So someone got 1,698 into the back of the Discovery Sport. Interesting, eh?) That all adds up to a huge loading space, even with the middle set of seats up.
There’s no excuse for anyone inside the car to feel too hot – or too cold. The hi-tech climate control system offers vents at the front and in the back, so the temperature can be adjusted in different areas of the vehicle.
There’s also the option of a rear-seat entertainment system, which sees eight-inch screens placed into each of the front head rests, each with their own remote control.
It’s laden with technology – and not just inside the car. A pedestrian airbag is mounted on the trailing edge of the bonnet to avoid pedestrians hitting the base of the windscreen in the event of a collision.
That’s if the impact takes place. For the driver, there is a new autonomous emergency braking system that calculates the risk of a collision and warns the driver and applies brake pressure automatically to avoid a collision.
Under the bonnet there is a 2.0-litre diesel engine – mated to either a manual or automatic gearbox – which produces 180bhp. In easy-to-understand terms, it’ll get you from 0-60 in under nine seconds and yet is environmentally very friendly, as well as gentle on your wallet, with the potential to do 60mpg.
The Discovery Sport comes with four model options – SE, SE Tech, HSE and HSE Luxury – with price tags ranging from £32,395 to £43,000.