Land Rover Discovery Sport First Drive Review

Land Rover Discovery Sport Test Drive in Hyderabad

Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a perfect amalgamation of British luxury and off-road capabilities. It happens to be Land Rover’s most affordable SUV and is less expensive and more adventurous than its rivals. Also, the 3rd-row seat give it an edge over competition. The 4-cylinder, 2.0-L diesel engine from the Ingenium family offers an increased power output of 237 bhp, though the base model is still equipped with 134 bhp unit. The Land Rover Discovery Sports price in India has been tagged competitively, which makes it a viable option in the segment.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Design

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport images show its stylish exterior. A series of unique aesthetics add to the SUV’s sporty cues and muscular stance. At front, it gets a sleek grille, redesigned bumper, and premium LED automatic headlights with LED DRLs. The Dynamic design pack is exclusive on HSE Luxury and the exterior advancements comprise a chrome Tailpipe Finisher, Body Styling Kit, Black Pack with Unique Black Grille and also the Red ‘Sport’ badge and a distinct Black Rear License Plate Plinth.View offers on Land Rover Discovery Sport in Bangalore at Autozhop.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Cabin

The interior has been more extensively revamped and Land Rover’s latest infotainment and technology systems have been adopted. The firm’s Touch Pro infotainment system, which features a 10.25-inch touchscreen and is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is standard. A lower interface, which incorporates controls for the heating and ventilation systems and Terrain Response, is offered as an option. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also available, along with a colour head-up display. An optional wireless smartphone charger is offered, as are up to eight USB ports. Passengers in the second row of seats also gain AC controls.

The Discovery Sport’s driver assistance technology has been upgraded, too. New features include the ClearSight Ground View system originally introduced on the Evoque. This ‘invisible bonnet’ concept uses cameras in the front grille and door mirrors to project a feed onto the central screen showing what is underneath the vehicle, to aid manoeuvring in tight city streets or off road.

Accompanying this, is a new ‘smart rear-view mirror’, which works as a normal mirror but on request will use an HD screen to display the feed from a rear-facing camera with a 50deg field of vision. Land Rover says this will ensure better rear visibility when the car is full and in low-light conditions. Among the other driver assistance features are front and rear parking aids, a rear camera, autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. A number of packs offer extra options.

Land Rover has also worked to increase the Discovery Sport’s practicality and comfort by adding a new 40/20/40 split in the second row of seating that, the firm says, offers up to 24 seat combinations. There’s leg room of up to 968mm in the second row and 655mm in the third. There has also been a focus on increasing storage in the cabin and Land Rover claims the central cubby and redesigned door bins offers 48 litres of storage, a 25 percent increase on the previous model’s. In five-seat form, the boot capacity to the roofline is 1,179 litres – up from 981 in the outgoing Discovery Sport – rising to 1,794 litres with the rear seats folded. The firm has also increased the fuel tank capacity from 54 to 65 litres.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Engine

The 2-litre Ingenium diesel motor truly is a gem. It is very refined, and at idle I could barely feel any vibrations creeping in. Step on the throttle though and you do hear some engine noise, but it’s well within what’s acceptable.This engine is available in two states of tune, depending on the variant. The one on the test is the HSE trim (7-seater) and its motor produces 150PS (180PS in the HSE Luxury trim) and 382Nm of torque that peaks at 1,750rpm. Now 150PS may not sound like much, but it’s the way the power is delivered that makes it so impressive.

The 9-speed gearbox has well-spaced ratios and you’ll find the engine revving at a relaxed 1,500rpm while cruising at 105kmph. That said, the gearbox is a tad slow to respond when you go pedal to the metal. This is also the case while driving in Sports mode or using the paddle shifts to go up or down the gears. We recorded a 0-100kmph time of 12.1 seconds which is decent for this size of an SUV. The lower state of tune and 9-speed gearbox also make it frugal at the pumps. It delivered 11.1kmpl in the city and 15.4kmpl on the highway.

Coming to the fuel economy, the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport mileage is rated at a decent 10.68 km/h. One must note that the real-time figure may vary as compared to the claimed mileage.To know more info on Land Rover Discovery Sport check Kmindia

Land Rover Discovery Sport Riding

The Discovery Sport’s suspension set-up offers a great blend of ride and handling. Driving over Mumbai’s monsoon ravaged roads, I barely lifted off the throttle, as the suspension went about ironing out every pothole and bump. On the flipside, there is a bit of body roll when cornering hard, but it’s not unnerving at any point. In fact, the quick steering and the grip levels from the Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tyres instil a lot of confidence, in case you get enthusiastic.

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 Price in Bangalore

Land Rover Discovery Sport On Road Price is 56,05,438/- and Ex-showroom Price is 44,67,099/- in Bangalore. Land Rover Discovery Sport comes in 6 colours, namely Santorini Black,Firenze Red,Scotia Grey,grey,Loire Blue,Indus Silver. Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with AWD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 148 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 382 Nm@1750-2250 rpm DRIVE TRAIN AWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 10.3 seconds . Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with Automatic Transmission with AWD .

Land Rover Discovery Sport Verdict

The Discovery Sport still feels more hardy than sporty and lacks sophistication that its rivals offer. However, if a seven-seat SUV with Land Rover DNA is what you’re looking for, the petrol Discovery Sport fits the bill over the diesels. That’s because at Rs 58 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), it’s just a bit costlier than the 150hp diesel seven-seat HSE (Rs 56.82 lakh), but importantly, a good Rs 6 lakh cheaper than the fully loaded 190hp diesel. Also, it’s the better performer, it’s nicer to drive, is more refined, and with the uncertainty looming over big diesel-engined cars, it’s also the safer option.

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