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. The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is now offered only with a diesel heart and draws power from the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, which is available in two states of tune. The Pure, SE and HSE trims get the 147 bhp version of the engine with 382 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the range-topping HSE Luxury variant gets power uprated to 177 bhp and 430 Nm of peak torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission and All-wheel drive is standard on both versions. Land Rover is not offering a petrol engine on the Disccovery Sport. Request a test drive for Discovery Sport in Tryaldrive
Land Rover Discovery Sport Cabin
The Discovery Sport, unlike the Freelander 2 isn’t boxy, and that’s a welcome change. In fact, a quick glance at it is enough to figure that it draws some inspiration from the Range Rover Evoque. But amazingly, the Disco still manages make its own identity with its subtle design cues.Look at the Discovery Sport from the front and it screams Land Rover. That smoothly carved out bonnet, and the honeycomb grille grill with the Discovery badge above it give it a clean look up front. And then adding a bit of spunk, there are those sweet looking circular daytime running lamps around the projector headlamps. We particularly liked the way the rear end coexists with the front thanks to certain elements in its design. The smoked tail lamp cluster too has circular LEDs and there’s the all important Discovery badge above the registration plate. Although the oddball rear design doesn’t look as evolved and butch as the front, the overall styling will surely grow on you over time.
The interior layout is quite functional, with everything falling at hand with ease. The cabin is swathed in beige leather as well as soft touch materials that feel premium. Coupled with the large, panoramic sunroof, the cabin feels airy. The seats, both upfront and at the rear, are comfortable. However, the front seats lack enough support, especially at the bottom, to keep you from sliding a bit when you push the Discovery around corners.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.The SUV packs a string of comfort gizmos, there is a two-zone climate control with air quality sensing, climate control with high level vents in second row, auto dimming interior mirror, customer configurable interior mood lighting and premium carpet mats.
Land Rover Discovery Sport Gearbox
The Discovery Sport’s 2.2-litre 4-cylinder mill is offered in two states of tune – 190PS/420Nm and 150PS/400Nm, and we drove the latter. The engine feels quite refined and the NVH levels are well within control. But the 150PS of power just isn’t enough to make the two tonne car surge ahead in eagerness. However, once up to speed, the Disco can comfortable cruise on highways without much fuss.Things get slightly better for the car in the Sport mode, wherein it does feel a little more responsive to inputs. The 9-speed automatic transmission sourced from ZF shifts smoothly. Even when you take matters in your own hands with the paddle shifters and the car shifts up fairly smoothly but isn’t as quick in its downshifts. Moreover, if you have experienced the dual clutch transmissions of the German rivals, this ZF won’t feel as crisp.
Land Rover Discovery Sport Driving
This is one area where the Discovery Sport really shines. The firmly setup suspension ensures that the Discovery Sport takes on corners with utmost poise. There is a bit of body roll as expected from an SUV of this size, but that doesn’t take away from the overall confidence. A lot of this character comes thanks to the well weighted steering wheel that offers ample of feedback. Like most cars that come out of the Land Rover stable, the Discovery Sport too is quite an able off-road machine. The Terrain Management System with its Snow/Grass, Sand and Rocky modes makes easy work of any sport of terrain. Good approach and departure angles further aid the cause.
Braking responsibilities are handled by disc brakes on all four corners. Its progressive nature makes it amply comfortable to drive in the traffic. Even of you have to slam the brake hard and the car stays under control without losing its line.While the stiff suspension sure gives the Land Rover Discovery Sport impressive handling dynamics, this same attribute makes it a bit harsh on rough road conditions. While the smaller undulations do get absorbed, it is the larger bumps that might be a cause of concern, especially for the passengers at the back. In the city, the car is absolutely comfortable to drive. Visibility all round is good and to make the parking affair easier there is parking assist too. For those frequent travellers, who love to carry their world with them, there is ample of space in the boot too. .
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 Bangalore
Land Rover Discovery Sport Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 42,46,022/- (Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel Pure 5 Seats) to 52,29,837/- (Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel HSE Luxury 5 Seats). Get best offers for Land Rover Discovery Sport from Land Rover Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Discovery Sport price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Land Rover Discovery Sport Verdict
It is spacious, has adequate road presence and bears an iconic name. The new Ingenium motor then is like the cherry on top of the cake, and it’s a sweet one.The biggest draw is clearly the prestigious Land Rover badge. And then, there are a lot of options available in the market at that price point including its cousin – the Range Rover Evoque. Moreover when you consider the fact that its arch rivals offer a more powerful motor, then things get slightly more difficult. But then if you want a car that looks good, handles well, is practical and most importantly can take the road unexplored without breaking a sweat then the Land Rover Discovery Sport surely should be on your list.