Land Rover Discovery Sport Hatchback Review

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Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

Land Rover Discovery Sport is been in the Indian Market for a while now , It was launched in 2015 as Land Rover‘s replacement for Freelander . Focused on Utility hence when it was launched there was only a Diesel Option. Down the line with consumers moving more and more to petrol motors, Land Rover decided to introduce 2018 Discovery Sport with a new 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine similar to what was introduced earlier in the Velar . Lets try to find out how this new 2.0-Litre Ingenium petrol pair with the Discover Sport which is a rugged and conventional as sports utility vehicles .

Land Rover Discovery Sport Exteriors

The Discovery Sport has a lot of similarity in styling to an Evoque. Many onlookers even asked if this is the new Evoque and we realised that in colours like white and silver, one could mistake the Discovery Sport as a Range Rover Evoque. Once, the new model year Evoque makes its way into India, we shall note that there is a major difference between the two. To speak of the styling, it has a sleek front grille with pulled back headlamps and DISCOVERY embossed above the grille stating that this is a part of the Discovery family. Land Rover has discontinued the Freelander2 and this is its replacement. There will three families under the Land Rover brand, Range Rover, Discovery and Defender.

The Discovery Sport is the newest member of the Discovery family and it is based on a new platform, which will be used for more Discovery products in the near future. The side profile of the Discovery Sport has a sloping roof, a design that is similar to that of new-generation Land Rovers. The Land Rover design DNA has been retained the clamshell bonnet and the floating roof. The Discovery Sport is certainly a looker.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Interiors

Inside, Land Rover has updated the baby Disco’s infotainment system with the most upgraded version of the Touch Pro interface. As we found out, the changes have made the UI more user friendly and similar to the Touch Pro Duo system that you get in high-end Range Rover models. The HSE Luxury trim gets a 10-inch touch display which is clear and well positioned. The rest of the line-up, meanwhile, gets an 8-inch display and lesser functions. That aside, the aesthetics are the same as before, meaning you get a predictably durable yet smart looking dash and a commanding driving position.

Switchgear on the steering wheel and the doors feel solid and durable, however, there are some hard plastics in here – the air vent plastics and climate control switches could be better finished. That said, it doesn’t come across as cheap in any way and overall, the cabin is nicely appointed.

The driving position is excellent and the visibility all-around is great, too. Everything about the way you sit behind the wheel on to the supportive seat points to a more luxurious experience than what the Disco actually costs. Moving on to the second row, there is enough room for three adults, with a reach bench that is broad enough. Although it is set a tad bit low, it is superbly contoured and the low seating translates to plenty of headroom. As for the third row, it’s good enough for a couple of kids at best – the combination of a high floor and low seat means you end up sitting in a cramped manner with your knees locked in. Fortunately, all the seats fold down easily and liberate plenty of luggage space though we would like to add that the second row doesn’t fold completely flat.

The Discovery Sport, in HSE Luxury trim at least, is loaded to the boot when it comes to equipment. You get a fixed panoramic roof, heated mirrors with memory, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, leather seats, electric front seats, a 17-speaker premium audio system, rear camera, front and rear parking sensors, screens for the rear seats, ABS, ESP, traction control and plenty of airbags. To know more info on Land Rover Discovery Sport  check Vci-india

Land Rover Discovery Sport Transmission

The 1997cc, four-cylinder Ingenium petrol motor truly is a gem, it packs in 237bhp of peak power and 340Nm of maximum torque mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox . From the moment you start moving you will notice a diesel like low-end grunt with torque coming in early . The Discovery Sport petrol can sprint with ease going from 0-100kph in 7.9 seconds . Building up to three digit speeds isn’t an issue but using the power will restrain once in a while , considering its size and weight which make its presence felt. The super-smooth nine-speed ZF transmission is clever and manages to bring out the best from the engine with well-spaced ratios but on the downside it feels hesitant to sudden inputs to the accelerator, especially at city speeds.

The Sport mode holds the revs longer and manages to douse out more power which stays strong until 6,000rpm. Performance, on the whole, is quite usable as it feels comfortable cruising and also ambling at slow speeds in the city. This unit may not be the smoothest-sounding engine but considering its diesel counterpart you will notice the relatively low levels of clatter and vibration inside the cabin .

The suspension is stiff, sharp undulations filter into the cabin. The low-speed ride is a bit firm, but the Disco gains composure as speeds rise. In fact, at high- speeds the handling is safe and predictable rather than sporty. On the flipside, there is a bit of body roll when cornering hard, but it’s not a major concern at any point. Talking about its Off-road ability it comes with Land Rover’s 4×4 system with pre-programmed off-road modes that alters the Disco’s characteristics to suit a particular terrain (mud, sand, grass, gravel) mated to its 200mm ground clearance .Hence there is no dearth of grip under most scenarios – from seriously bad roads to super-smooth and fast corners. Check for car loan interest rate.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Driving

The ride quality of the Discovery Sport is composed and pliant. This SUV glides over potholes with a hint of stiffness that can be left. All the due credit goes to the engineering team. Drive on bad roads and you won’t complain much. The suspension set up is balanced and doesn’t feel rough or unsettled. The chassis too is stiffer and the alacrity is much better. There is hardly any body roll when compared to the Freelander2 and this is at par with the German rivals. The steering wheel is light and convenient to drive on city and it starts to weigh up once the speed increases. There is nothing to complain in this department. There are multiple off-roading modes as well. These are nearly placed on the centre console freeing up space for more stowage.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Safety

The Land Rover Discovery Sport gets disc brakes at both ends. On the safety front, it comes with advanced driver assistance features like- speed limiter, cruise control, lane departure and emergency braking. The Driver Pack comprises traffic sign recognition, driver condition monitor, adaptive speed limiter and blind spot monitor.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Cost in Hyderabad

Land Rover Discovery Sport On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 53,38,306 to 73,10,788 for variants Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel Pure 5 Seats and Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel HSE Luxury 5 Seats respectively. Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in 3 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Land Rover Discovery Sport variants price in Hyderabad.Check for Discovery Sport price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Final Thought

The 2019 Discovery Sport, all things considered, makes a compelling argument for itself in the mid-size premium SUV space. It’s got a smart look, seats seven (almost), drives really well on the road and is capable off it, as well. Crucially, it’s a quality product that can actually go off road with ease. While it may not have the plushest cabin and low speed ride in its segment, the Discovery Sport is pretty solid otherwise. If you need a city SUV that can double up as a light off-roader, the Disco is a tough proposition to beat.