Land Rover Discovery Sport First Look Review


Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

Gone are the days when a car’s lifecycle was about 4 to 5 years. Believing firmly in the idea that ‘change is the only constant,’ Land Rover has been continually updating the Discovery Sport ever since its launch. And, while some of these changes have been rather trifling, others have been more significant. Let’s take a quick look at the updates over the years.

Land Rover added a petrol variant to the Discovery Sport in 2016, the new Ingenium diesel in 2017 and expanded the feature list in 2018. Now, for MY2019, JLR has added a more powerful motor to the SE and HSE variants. This motor has been on offer for a while now, but only in the top-spec HSE Luxury trim. Land Rover has now introduced it in the mid-spec SE and HSE variants too. ] We’ve tested the HSE variant of the Discover Sport in its previous avatars, but previously with its 148bhp motor. While its low-and mid-range was acceptable, it needed more power at the top of the rev range – something that also reflected in its in-gear acceleration. The lack of power, in fact, was quite evident when you really wanted to step on it. The 2019 Discovery Sport, in the HSE trim too, gets the more powerful 174bhp mill – the same one that powers the XE and XF sedans. Land Rover Discovery Sport Design

The new Discovery Sport combines style with aggression sporting a contemporary design language. Use of elements on the outside adds to the overall appearance as it gets sleek pulled back headlamps, Land Rover’s quintessential grille, faux skid plate, lower mesh grille and rectangular fog lamps in front. The rising shoulder line, multiple-spoke alloy wheels and muscular fenders with cladded arch bolster the modish look. Rear side is equally stylish as front facet sporting wrap-around tail-lamps, chrome garnish on boot lid, faux skid plate and dual tailpipe.Exterior profile gets a fixed panoramic sunroof, power adjusted heated exterior mirrors with power-fold and memory functions. In front, it sports adaptive Xenon headlamps with LED signature, fog lamps and rain sensing wipers.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Cabin

One of the high points of the interior is space, providing room for six passengers and driver across three rows. Evaluating from the perspective of comfort, the first and second rows provide enough room, however the third row is suitable for kids aged below 13. Use of the material inside is top notch, splash of leather around dashboard, steering wheel and seat covers make the cabin upmarket. The linear dashboard design, fit, finish and uncluttered centre console collectively lends a neat look which works well for it. Inside the cabin, it is gets Windsor leather seats, 10 way adjustable electric front seats with driver & passenger memory and sliding arm-rest on centre console.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Performance

As a part of the new and final update, Land Rover has taken the Ingenium diesel engine and given a much-needed power boost in the Discovery Sport. In addition, there is a brand new 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a new design package. Weirdly, the test car came in the ‘HSE’ trim which has received none of the latter updates. It carries over the same design package with just subtle tweaks from the older model and is only equipped with an 8-inch infotainment screen instead of the new 10-inch system. However, the older system has been given a minor software update to work more efficiently. While we will get to that in a moment, let’s start with the baby elephant in the room, the updated engine.Check for Land Rover Discovery Sport price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

On paper, the new engine is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, which in the higher trims is now tuned to develop 177hp at 4,000 rpm and 430Nm of torque at 1,750-2,500 rpm. Now that is 30hp and 48Nm more than before. The engine comes mated to a 9-speed torque converter transmission. On the move, the engine is very refined and smooth especially for a diesel, while power and torque delivery is quite linear. The transmission shifts up and down smoothly when driving casually. The only way to take manual control of the gearbox is with the paddle shifters, however, once you pull the paddle, the gearbox does take its time to respond.

But, if you put the transmission to ‘S’ for sport mode, the throttle response, shift timing and paddle response time is noticeably improved, but not removed entirely. Land Rover claims it will do 12kmpl, but we were able to get around 9-10kmpl while driving around in the city. Driving in S will cost you dearly in term of fuel consumption, hence it is best to let the gearbox do its thing on its own, a job it does rather well. 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.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Driving

When it comes to the ride, at lower speeds it does feel quite firm and a little jittery over bumpy roads. But that firmed up suspension come into life when you have to throw the Disco Sport into corners. Smaller bumps are usually absorbed by the massive 235/60 R18 sized Good Year Wrangler tyres with the thick profiles. However, with this Discovery Sport, there are a couple of niggles like the brake. They feel quite spongy and there is little to no pedal feedback. So, in order to stop, you have to stand on them so you’re always pre-empting your braking distance. Additionally, with larger tyres and a heavy diesel engine at the front, the steering feels quite heavy and offers little feedback on the road. Surprisingly, when you drive off-road in its multiple terrain response settings the steering feels ideal.For more details on Land Rover Discovery Sport check Pdagreen

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 Chennai

Land Rover Discovery Sport On Road Price is 53,82,977/- and Ex-showroom Price is 44,67,099/- in Chennai. 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 Bottomline

The 2019 Discovery Sport doesn’t quite ‘sport’ as many changes as we would’ve liked. It looks the same, feels much the same and doesn’t really wow you into suddenly becoming a believer. But, in fairness, JLR hasn’t increased the price of the 2019 Discovery Sport either. The starting price continues to be `44.68 lakh, while the HSE variant that we tested is priced at `55.80 lakh. With that in mind, and with the additional power and torque on offer, the Discovery Sport remains a sensible choice for someone looking for a capable SUV that’s great on the highway as well as off the beaten path. Oh, and there’s a facelifted version coming later this year – so expect yet another update not before too long…

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