"Mastery On and Off Road"
In the Segment of Compact SUV’s, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport brings to the table a completely different aspect of comfort compared to all of its competitors. Thanks to the intelligent, tough, and rugged drivetrain/suspension which we know to be simply legendary is the heart and soul of Land Rover as a company. The Discovery Sport is a prime example of Land Rovers ability to produce a remarkably capable vehicle ready for pretty much anything you can throw at it, from snow packed back wood roads to the muddy beaten path, the Discovery Sport does it with elegance and style.
Although the Discovery is more of an entry level Land Rover in comparison to its siblings, it’s evident that Land Rover did not neglect the details and kept lots in common with the more pronounced Range Rover Models. One of the most obvious differences there will be the price, the Discovery will start at approximately $41,800 depending on your region.
The 2016 Discovery Sport comes standard with seats for 5 but optional is a third row for an added 2 seats. Being a compact SUV and being able to have 7 seats is actually pretty convenient and impressive, however given you do decide to go with the extra seats don’t expect there to be enough room seven people and their luggage, as a matter of fact don’t expect there to be much of any storage space left considering it still is a compact SUV. The Discovery Sport is designed to utilize all of its space efficiently, fold down the rear seats flat and you have a cargo floor that is just as long as the Range Rover.
Moving onto more of the refined side of the interior, Land Rover keeps the dash area uncomplicated and uncluttered with clear perspective of all controls. A clean and sophisticated dash area result in ease of use, the 8” touch screen multimedia unit with Bluetooth and available heads-up-display resembles this as well and was no problem getting used to; 1 USB port up front and an additional 2 ports in the back for passengers. Interior mood lighting around the dash area was a perfect compliment that took the interior to a more exiting level from what I found to be a little bland and safe.
The seats are partial leather and incorporate a unique stitching design that adds an element of depth to the interior while still giving you a comfortable and cozy feeling. There is a variety of different colors and schemes available to cater to one’s unique taste.
Heated power folding mirrors and heated rear windshield with heated wiper are excellent features, Land Rover obviously took into consideration that people will be taking this thing on adventures and some of those places might be extremely cold.
When it comes to technologies to make the life of the driver easier, Land Rover has an abundant available. Go for the Drivers Technology Package for roughly $1400 and you get Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind spot Monitor, Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection. The Autonomous Emergency Braking features senses and calculated collision risk by using stereo cameras, you are alerted by warning signals and emergency brakes will be applied automatically if the risk is really high.
Perhaps one of my favorite things about the Discovery Sport was the appearance, bold and well-proportioned the Discovery Sport bears significant similarities between its siblings, primarily the Range Rover Sport. The Front fascia is ultra-modern, futuristic even, not sharp and edgy but more wide and defined. Thanks to the cool video game like headlights and grille the Discovery looks like it’s ready for battle. Go for the Vision Assist Package and you get front fog lights and Xenon headlights with the LED signature which in my eyes is a must, not only does it completely tie together the front end but it will also give you a much better driving experience because of improved lighting for night time driving.
The way the roof line gently arches downward as it goes towards the rear of the SUV where it is eventually meet by the beltline which is on a steady incline towards the back tapers the glass from front to back, this gives the Discovery a look of motion even while not in motion. The rear has the same concept going as the front of the vehicle, modern flare with an exceptional amount of aggression thanks to dual exhaust and wide stance.
The selection of wheel choices from sizes 18 to 20 inches really fill out the wheel wells, in comparison to the compact body size whatever wheels you decide to go with really give the Discovery a rugged aggressive stance from any angle. While still being a compact SUV the Discovery somehow portrays a much more dominant figure, it still gives you a sense of driving presence, I guess a lot of this has to do with the well-proportioned design that gives the Discovery a purposeful and athletic stance.
The Discovery Sport is only offered in one engine size for all models; SE, HSE, HSE Luxury. This is a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that produces 240 HP with 240 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 9 speed automatic transmission. The engine itself is nothing that will blow you out of the water because of the ever so dreaded turbo lag. Once the turbo has had enough time to spool up however, you will find yourself propelled forward faster than you initially thought possible. With a towing capability of 5500 pounds the Discovery does come standard with a tow hitch and trailer sway control.
Land Rover has a rating of 11.9 L/100km of city driving and a 9.0 L/100km fuel average, I got to drive it every day for a week and commuted between cities and had a fair share HWY and city driving. My average that the SUV was telling me was hovering right around 10 L/100km mark so Land Rover has a fair rating. The intelligent Start/Stop Technology has a helping hand in its exceptional fuel efficiency.
The story about the Discovery is not in the engine though, it’s the fact that this SUV is ready to go anywhere at any time. With new rear suspension design that gives you more wheel travel and aground clearance of 8.3 inches allows for exploring more rugged and rough terrains.
The Discovery has more modes of driving then I think I have even seen on any other vehicle, with modes for grass, gravel, sand, snow, mud, normal and an all new dynamic mode. In separate modes the Land Rover will take into consideration everything happening and alter things like, transmission response, throttle sensitivity, steering weight, stability systems and center-differential behavior. Standard features like Terrain Response, Hill Decent Control, Electronic Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, Roll Stability Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Electronic Power Assisted Steering are ways to insure that the Discovery is going to be ready for whatever you want to throw at it.
Safety is one of the top priorities when it comes to building vehicles and Land Rover made sure that they were going to keep that in mind. Aside from the Drivers Technology package which has all of the driver’s assistance features that in turn are essentially to insure safety, the Discovery sport has standard safety features like seven airbags, Auto Locking and Crash Unlocking Systems and 3-point seat belt warning for all of the seats. The Autonomous Emergency Braking features senses and calculated collision risk by using stereo cameras, you are alerted by warning signals and emergency brakes will be applied automatically if the risk is really high.
By Hamjit Sekhon