Introducing the Land Rover Discovery Sport
When it was originally launched, the Land Rover Discovery Sport surprised quite a large number of people. There was certainly nothing new about a sporty looking SUV that could carry the whole family in luxury and comfort; but one that could easily tackle off-road terrain without batting an eyelid? Well that was something of a revelation.
Discovery Sport continues to impress to this day, which is in part thanks to the mid-life refresh. The facelift brought a host of changes, including a revised appearance, an updated range of engines, and a number of innovative technologies.
Keep on reading to learn more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport and how its innovative technologies make it more than simply form over function.
Modern Land Rovers look utterly superb, and the Discovery Sport is no different. The rear end has been revised with features such as LED taillights, while contemporary alloy wheel designs complement the other sharp details such as the scrolling indicators.
Inside is suitably spacious, with the Discovery Sport gifting comfortable seating for up to seven people, which is fairly unheard of in this class. Upfront, the driver will enjoy plenty of seat adjustment, while the steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach. Fitting a child's seat is easy because of the accessible Isofix anchor points in the rear seats.
The boot is large with the third row of seats folded down, and it is straight-forward to create a van-like cargo area because the second row of seats can be folded down at the press of a button. With a boot capacity ranging from 157 to 1,794 litres, you will have plenty of space for essentials even with all seats in place. There is hardly a loading lip either, which really helps when loading and unloading cumbersome items.
Among the plush materials and soft-touch plastics are a number of innovative technologies. The 10-inch Pivi infotainment system features a newly designed interface and includes DAB digital radio as well as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Connectivity is enhanced even further thanks to Amazon Alexa voice-control. Move up the range and you will be joined by the latest in-car artificial intelligence, which gets quickly acquainted and caters to the driver's preferences.
Equally as impressive is the new high-resolution 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display which comes as standard of the higher specification models. Each car comes with Front and Rear Parking Aid as standard and transmits the image via the infotainment screen courtesy of the 3D Surround Camera.
Advanced driver assistance features include (but are not limited to):
There are three petrol and two diesel engines to choose from with Discovery Sport, with a mild-hybrid and a plug-in hybrid available on certain models. An automatic transmission and four-wheel drive is standard across the range, unless you opt for the entry-level diesel, which is front-wheel drive and comes with a manual gearbox
The two diesel engines offer plenty of flexibility, as well as excellent efficiency. They are available in two outputs (161 and 201bhp) and return just over 40mpg on a combined WLTP cycle.
Meanwhile, the petrol engines offer more punch throughout the rev range and come with either 197, 246 or 286bhp. The P300e plug-in hybrid combines with a 1.5-litre engine to deliver 305bhp yet can return up to 143.1mpg on a WLTP combined cycle.
Land Rover's intelligent four-wheel drive system uses a number of computers to optimise grip on a variety of challenging terrains, ensuring every off-road adventure is a stress-free experience.
It is easy to see why the Discovery Sport has proven so popular since its launch. A sporty SUV wearing the famous Land Rover badge was always going to be highly sought after but adding in the efficiency of the hybrid systems alongside the innovative driver technologies simply enhance an already desirable vehicle.
The ability to tackle any terrain and seat seven are further reasons to love the Discovery Sport, not that the extra justification was required.
For more information or to book a test drive, contact us here at Johnson & Perrott, Bishopstown. The home of Land Rover in Cork.