Review Land Rover Discovery
Land Rover is an interesting animal. For years there was Defender, then Range Rover, then Discovery and now suddenly there are Land and Range Rovers everywhere.
Add in Range Rover Evoque, Sport and Velar, and there’s something for everyone in this SUV madness world. If the founders of Land Rover were present, they would probably be a little confused.
Despite this two-decade old trend, Land Rover has had trouble shooting in the mid-sized segment. Freelander looks a bit odd and sadly not good enough for the nameplate to be transferred to the third generation.
The option is to wipe it out to try and find something that fits securely or take something that is already rough and add a Sports badge to it. Discovery Sport was born and that has given the brand a new starting point for those who can’t leave – or don’t want – an Evoque.
Discovery Sport has been with us for a while, so it’s time to check out Land Rover’s mid-range car.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Discovery Sport has three trim levels with up to five engine tunes. Our week spent on entry level SE specs (followed by HSE and HSE Luxury, a familiar model on Jaguar Land Rover) and the hilarious SD4 177kW turbo-diesel engine.
SD4 SE weighs about $ 66,455, $ 9860 more than the cheapest SE, 110kW. For you to get a powerful engine, 10-speaker Meridian brand stereo, 18-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, drop-safe list, reversing camera, sat navigation, keyless start , rear parking sensors, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, electric front seats, part leather upholstery, heated folding rearview mirrors, electric tail, power proportional power steering and full size alloy parts.
There are many options available and Land Rover is never disappointed with the inclusion in car press. We have seats for ‘5 + 2’ ($ 3400), ‘Black Pack’ exterior ($ 1160), display ($ 1590), ‘Entertainment package’ (17 speakers, ‘Navigation pro’, $ 3750), metallic paint ($ 1370), ‘Blind spot monitor’ and reverse traffic warning ($ 1210), 12-way power front seats ($ 1130), black roof ($ 970) … look See, it went a bit further and landed the car when tested at $ 86,485.
To be fair, most tools are cosmetic or convenient, but blind spots and RTCA are options that are a bit difficult.
The ‘InControl’ screen is a healthy 10.0-inch unit and runs a fairly easy-to-use iteration of JLR’s own software. When things happened, it wasn’t too bad, but there was no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto (yet). However, the sat input is still insanely slow
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
Discovery Sport’s exterior design has a lot of bangs. The brand has gradually left Defender’s square fraud and is entering a fairly happy means of style and substance. It looks significant but with the beveled edge here, the chisel there and the LED daytime running lights (optional), looks completely modern without the full pursuit of the Rangies.
Inside is a little less inspiring, but again working in the way the brand chooses to present itself. Everything works quite well and is very functional and that is exactly what it looks like. There are a few jarring moments, nothing spectacular or super stylish.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
It’s a tall cabin, so four aboard is a very comfortable proposition. Behind my driving position, I cradled a gentleman with a length of 188cm (6’2 “), so most teenagers would be happier.
Those in the front, middle and third rows score a pair of cupholders, a total of six, with the right number of bottle holders. Freely sprinkling on the car are traditional 12V, 5V and USB power supplies, so if you run out, you have too much to charge.
As a Land Rover Discovery, Sport or not, you don’t unreasonably expect plenty of space for windy, outdoor activities. Boot space starts at 829 liters (quote LR 981, I suspect that it’s packed from floor to ceiling), with a maximum of 1698 liters with all seats folded.
All four doors open wide, it’s easy to load kids and you can slide the middle row forward and back to put kids in striking distance, er, close to your love.
Curb-to-curb you will rotate it without hitting anything in a large 11.7m, needing an extra 20 cm if you are enduring the moment Austin Powers is stuck between two walls. You can also wade to 600mm (without me, if it’s okay) and the ground clearance is 221mm. The approach angle is 23.4 degrees with the slope angle of 20.0 degrees and departure is 31.0 degrees.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
SD4 unit is JLR’s own ‘Ingenium’ unit. A 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, good for 177kW and 500Nm. Power and sugar meet through all four wheels and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The benchmark runs from 0 – 100km / h sent in 7.5 seconds, fast enough and not bad for 1.9 tons SUV. Sports floor is rated to be able to tow 2500kg towing brake and 750kg unobstructed.