Filling All The Gaps Of An Booming Market
The Compact SUV segment is flourishing and Land Rover wants a slice from the pie.As a cousin of the Range Rover Evoque, The Discovery Sport is now in the game. It shares the same platform and some components with the Evoque, but slightly longer (80 mm) and more versatile with optional third-row and 5 + 2 seat configuration.
Our test vehicle in “Kaikoura Stone” was equipped with a lot of options (see the specs below) with a price tag of $53,315. To me, a fitting colour for a brand so much associated with off-road and all-terrain surfaces. Further technologies like hill descent control, gradient release control, roll stability control, dynamic stability control, electronic traction control and engine drag torque control make this vehicle fit and capable under all road conditions as you would expect from a Land Rover, even if vehicle shall probably be an urban comrade for many owners.
Engine & Transmission
The Discovery Sport is available with only one engine option: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder-gasoline-turbo-charged engine, 240 hp with 250 lb-ft of torque. The nine-speed automatic from the German ZF provides a very smooth torque curve and makes you feel to have a more powerful and larger engine under the hood. The intelligent full-time all-wheel drive continuously varies the torque split front to rear to optimize traction on all surfaces.
Inside The Cabin
The cabin looks slightly less luxurious than even the Range Rover Evoque but definitely has some gaps compared to its German rivals a la Audi Q5 or BMW X3.
The “Ebony Taurus Grain Leather” seats are both supportive and comfortable, although I would like a bit more length in the bottom cushion. The colour though may not be up to everyone’s tastes.
Based on the success of its cousin Range Rover Evoque, and the booming SUV market in the USA and Canada, JLR replaced the LR2. The successor has a much more modern design with the enhanced capabilities of a Land Rover. The question comes to my mind again: What are the differences between a Land rover and Range Rover, especially if both vehicles are so similar and expected to be driven more in urban environment than hard and tough off-road conditions.
Type of vehicle All-wheel drive compact SUV
Power 2.0-liter, four-cylinder-gasoline-turbo-charged engine, 240 hp with 250 lb-ft of torque, all-wheel drive
Transmission Nine-speed automatic
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Price: base/as tested $46,490 / $53,315
Destination charge $1,575
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km) city, highway
Standard features AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, ABS (anti-lock brakes), hill start assist, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors, Multifunctional Message Centre with LCD screen
Options Climate, front & heated seats: $800, Sirius Satellite Radio: $450, 20″ Style 511 Wheels: $1,500, 11 Speaker Sound System: Standard, Retractable Cargo Cover: $150, Navigation: $850, Convenience Pack: $1,400, Destination & Delivery: $1,575, Green Tax: $100
Article: Varol McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by JLR Canada via BHG Media
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