Land Rover Discovery Sport Review & Test Drive

Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

Land Rover India has introduced the 2018 edition of the Discovery Sport in the country. The updated luxury SUV gets a host of new features for the new year with prices starting at Rs 41.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). More prominently, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport boasts of the InControl Pro Services and Wi-Fi hotspot, which provide access to a host of other connectivity features. A replacement to the Freelander 2 in Land Rover’s line-up, the Discovery Sport is one of the more affordable SUVs from the British car maker’s stable and is offered with a diesel heart. View offers on Land Rover Cars from Land Rover dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Land Rover Discovery Sport Look

On the styling front, the new Discovery Sport carries forward the exact same design as its previous generation. The Discovery Sport is a proper SUV with a rather intimidating stance. It loses the boxy design of the Freelander 2 while offering a more sporty look, inspired by its sibling, the Evoque. The front of the Discovery Sport offers a bold look which screams Land Rover. The smooth flowing bonnet, with the sleek honeycomb grille and the large badging over it, offers a clean look. The front fascia is further accentuated by the stunning LED DRLs that surround the projector headlamps.The design smoothly flows to the sides and the rear as well. The side profile of the luxury SUV offers a simple design (not that we are complaining), with a contrasting black roof. The rear perfectly coexists with the front, with a smoked tail lamp cluster having circular LED units. The rear carries the all-important ‘Discovery Sport’ badge on top of the registration plate.The rear design is not as evolved as the front, however, it does grow on you over time. Overall, the  Discovery Sport offers an intimidating stance, with a huge amount of road presence.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Comfort

One of the high points of the interior is space, providing room for six passengers and driver across three rows. Evaluating from the perspective of comfort, the first and second rows provide enough room, however the third row is suitable for kids aged below 13. Use of the material inside is top notch, splash of leather around dashboard, steering wheel and seat covers make the cabin upmarket. The linear dashboard design, fit, finish and uncluttered centre console collectively lends a neat look which works well for it.Comfort levels are high in the cabin, with the long list of features this HSE model adopts. The 10-speaker Meridian system for example brings out nuances in your music you’ll appreciate, as will you the 5V charging points through the cabin.. Visibility is excellent all around, the standard panoramic sunroof adding a dimension of airiness to the cabin, something that will hopefully help the passengers in the third row too. With the fold out seats set on the floor with little space for your feet, your knees end up in your chin. It is versatile though, since the second row can be moved fore and aft too.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Gearbox

Back to the Discovery Sport and the 2-litre turbo petrol under its hood. It’s sourced from Ford under the two companies’ agreement that runs till 2020. In fact, news has already surfaced that JLR will introduce a new 2-litre twin scroll turbo petrol to the Ingenium family of engines, which will eventually find its way into the Evoque and Discovery Sport. The one powering the car currently has healthy power figures at 238bhp and 340Nm of torque, that peaks at a low, diesel-like 1,750rpm.Smooth at idle, this engine hustles the Disco up to triple digit speeds pretty effortlessly but it does sound a bit gruff mid-way through the rev range, at least on the model we had.

With 90bhp more than the diesel Disco, the 0-100kmph dash is a full two seconds faster. The 9-speed torque converter auto box seems to have a good spread of ratios, obviously, keeping the engine in the meat of the torque during our driving in the city. Mashing the pedal does result in the box floundering before finding you a gear several ratios down but then again not many owners are going to be doing so. Being gentle with inputs gets you a single downshift and a linear spread of power, more than enough to pull off overtakes without breaking a sweat. It does come with two gearbox modes, D being the regular and S being the fun one.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Rideing

The Land Rover Discovery Sport offers excellent ride and handling characteristics. The firm suspension setup of the SUV provides a planted ride for the passengers. The Discovery Sport still has a slight amount of body roll while taking corners but doesn’t take away the overall confidence while driving. The steering feels nicely weighted at high speeds and offers ample feedback to the driver.The SUV is quite a capable off-roader just like any other Land Rover product. The Terrain Management System offers four modes: General Driving, Snow/Grass, Mud & Ruts and Sand; each helping the Discovery Sport on any tricky terrain condition. The high ground clearance 200mm and the large 19-inch wheels offer additional help.

Though the firm suspension provides impressive handling characteristics, it does feel a bit harsh on rough roads. The car easily absorbs all the regular road undulations although the larger ones could be a bit of a concern. In the city and on the highway though, the car is absolutely comfortable to drive. The good visibility through the large windows, along with the parking assist functions, make the car easy to park in tight spaces.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Safety

Equipment armed in the SUV for the safety of occupants includes dual front airbags with side-bags, perimitric & volumetric protection, Drive Control Monitor, Intelligent Speed Monitor and Lane Keep Assist. Other than these, it also gets hill descent control, electronic power assisted steering and adaptive Dynamic with MagneRide.Exterior profile gets a fixed panoramic sunroof, power adjusted heated exterior mirrors with power-fold and memory functions. In front, it sports adaptive Xenon headlamps with LED signature, fog lamps and rain sensing wipers. Inside the cabin, it is gets Windsor leather seats, 10 way adjustable electric front seats with driver & passenger memory and sliding arm-rest on centre console.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Price in Hyderabad

Land Rover Discovery Sport Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad 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 Hyderabad. Check for Discovery Sport price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Land Rover Discovery Sport Bottomline

To buy or not to buy, that’s the question. Let’s consider a few things first. With all the updates, the Range Rover Sport is now everything that you’d expect from a present-day luxury SUV. Loaded with tech, it’s in line with the rest of the line-up. It’s refined and comfortable, and there’s almost nothing that the Sport doesn’t offer. The Range Rover Sport is truly a multipurpose vehicle. It has the makings of an ideal grand tourer, with unparalleled off-roading capabilities.

In simple terms, the Range Rover Sport is for those adventurous souls who wouldn’t mind taking a Rs 1.30 crore (ex-showroom) car off-road. If you don’t consider yourself to be that adventurous, then, well, you’ve got your answer, and you’re better off spending a little bit less on the uber-cool Velar.