Filling All The Niches In The Growing SUV Market
The Compact SUV segment is flourishing and Land Rover wanted a slice from the pie. So, JLR introduced the Discovery Sport as a cousin of the Range Rover Evoque two years ago. 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.
This is our second test drive with the compact, yet capable Disco Sport, (in Corris Grey). Our test vehicle was equipped with a lot of options (see the specs below) elevating the price to almost 70K. With the 2017 model year, we not only had a long-range highway test, but also put emphasize off-road capabilities like hill descent control, gradient release control, roll stability control, dynamic stability control, electronic traction control and were not disappointed.
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. Even if the nine-speed automatic from the German ZF provides a very smooth torque curve and it cannot hide the fact that this vehicle deserves a slightly powerful engine. I noted this specifically in our long drive from Toronto to North Bay and while accelerating and passing on the highway. Nevertheless, in a country with a tolerated speed limit of 120 km/h, you may get used to this feeling or think that an SUV for 70 Grand should provide more power no matter what. 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 the Range Rover Evoque but still upscale with Ebony pimento trim.Seats are both supportive and comfortable, although I would like a bit more length in the bottom cushion.
Since its introduction in 2015 and based on the proven success of its cousin Range Rover Evoque, the SUV market in North America grew further and even for a truly SUV brand like Land Rover, it is so important to fill every sub-segment. And this LR is not only a capable off-roader, but also fun to drive on the asphalt.
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 $50,990 / $69,090
Destination charge $1,600
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 Dynamic HSE Pack: $3,800, Touch-Pro Pack: $2,100, Driver Tech Pack $1,400, Vision Assist Pack: $1,200, Sirius Satellite Radio: $450, Heads up Display: $1,000, Heated Front Windscreen: $400, Ebony Headlining: $350, In Control Apps: $250, Black Contrast Roof $650, Destination & Delivery: $1,600, Green Tax: $100
Article: Varol McKars, Dokan Gunay
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by JLR Canada via BHG Media
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