Land Rover Discovery Road Test (2016)

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A little over twelve months ago Land Rover’s Freelander2 replacement made its appearance. Maybe not quite as individual as some would have liked, the Discovery Sport immediately gained the name ‘the poor man’s Evoque’ given its uncanny resemblance to its more upmarket sibling. Equally, the Discovery Sport has some serious shoes to fill given the Freelander’s popularity, dedicated buyers along with some of the most impressive capabilities in its class. Add in the fact the current full sized Discovery remains in our opinion the best vehicle Land Rover manufacture and the junior Disco has got to score from the off.


Sharing the Evoque platform the body style also offers sufficient room for optional rear seats turning the Discovery Sport into an occasional seven seater. Certainly not for long distance travel and far better suited to smaller occupants, whilst deploying the foldaway seating significantly reduces luggage capacity the extra seating appreciably improves the small Discovery’s family appeal.


From the front you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Discovery Sport for its Range Rover Evoque equivalent, Land Rover for whatever reason choosing not to bestow the Sport with a more visually distinct countenance. Xenon headlights and the now familiar silvered egg crate grille dominate the front whilst from the side the Discovery rides high on 19” alloys fitted with 235/55 cross-country tyres. High cut arches and raked sides taper upwards towards the bluff hind quarters, the subtle but easily defined waistline adding a tapering effect and to what is actually a flat roofline.


With a 2,741mm wheelbase, a height of 1,724mm the Discovery Sport boasts a more than usable 212mm ground clearance with a 600mm wading depth. Likewise, the wheel at each corner design gives approach, departure and ramp over angles of 250, 310 and 200, all of which confirm that Land Rover fully intend that Sport owners will more than likely venture off the beaten track.


Four large doors and a full depth tailgate allow easy access to the cabin that, in HSE Luxury specification is replete with most users needs. Trimmed in what Land Rover describes as Windsor leather and a genuinely impressive ten speaker plus a sub-woofer Meridian sound system, the interior is a well conceived combination of comfort and practicality with the added security of seven air bags. Soft touch surfaces abound whilst clear to see instruments are separated by a 5” dash screen and the centrally mounted 8” infotainment TV/radio/CD player along with a comprehensive list of onboard feedback.


Spacious, the seats whilst firm are comfortable and noticeably supportive with ample room for five adults, the extra pair folding up from the cargo bed floor. The panoramic roof allows the cabin to flood with natural light whilst a surreptitious placed hidden stowage compartment is secreted underneath the central cup holders. With five occupants the Discovery is still able to consume 981 litres of luggage expanding to 1,698 with the main rears folded. Hauling capacity courtesy of Land Rover’s towing kit is 2,200kg or 2,500kg if you forgo the additional accommodation.  


Forming part of their latest generation of engines, the Discovery Sport is powered by a 2-litre Ingenium 4-cylinder diesel. Transversely mounted, the unit delivers 180hp and a useful and usable 430Nm of torque, the power combination giving the driver the sensation of a far larger engine being beneath the bonnet. 0-60mph comes up in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 117mph. Mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or twin clutch 9-speed automatic as seen here the mixed 225 test miles resulted in a mean average consumption of 33mpg which in theory should produce a range of around 360 miles per 54 litre tank of diesel. Economy can be marginally improved by engaging the Eco mode and by avoiding the Sport setting and keeping the transmission in standard Drive or by reverting to the sequential paddle shifts that allow for slightly earlier shifts.


Not the most frugal of SUV’s the fuel economy is in many ways the penalty the driver will pay for permanent 4WD, the only control over the fulltime, fully automated system being dialing in the various Terrain Response settings such as snow, mud or sand. The plus side is an SUV that is more than worthy of carrying the famous green oval badge. Featuring hill start, decent control, two stability control and trailer stability programs, the Discovery Sport remains composed irrespective of where it happens to be.


With McPherson strut front suspension, integrated multi-link coil springs on the rear; the electrically assisted power steering is noticeably well weighted, the ride firm yet reassuringly positive. On the road the Discovery Sport is actually something of a revelation, Land Rover’s latest SUV positively flowing round corners to a degree you’ll actively seek out the route with the most S-bends.


Balanced and composed the ride quality is one of the best of its type to a degree the almost neutral handling transcends the virtually identical Evoque, this multi-purpose AWD load hauler a pleasure to drive on the back roads, around town or for long-distance motorway work. Leave the tarmac behind and the Discovery Sport continues to impress. Dial in one of the presets if you must but the vehicle is more than capable of deciding for itself. In fact it’s better than you’ll ever be, all the driver has to do is select an appropriate route and take advantage of the Sport’s 2.31 turns lock to lock, 11.6 meter turning circle maneuverability.


Prices for the Discovery Sport start at £32,395 with the HSE Luxury costing around £41,195 dependant on extras. And whilst the image conscious will always gravitate towards the Evoque by virtue of the Range Rover badging, sensible money and those looking for a far more capable higher end SUV would do well to select the new Discovery Sport. And does this new Land Rover fill the boots of its predecessor; the answer is most definitely yes whilst the vehicle’s on and off-road prowess more than maintains the Discovery reputation.  

      


By; Mark Stone



Land Rover Discovery Road Test