The Discovery Sport is a fairly new model line for Land Rover. With it, the company replaced the ageing Freelander 2 and thus brought its range neck to neck with the rivals. It might be the entry-level Land Rover, but it doesn’t fall short on features, on-road manners, or off-road capabilities. The recently launched MY2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport introduces a more powerful diesel engine option for those looking at having a bit more fun behind the wheel.
It sits in the Discovery range, so the appearance of the vehicle is somewhat similar to its elder and more focussed sibling, the full-size Land Rover Discovery. But despite the shared appearance, the Discovery Sport looks great and is a bag full of surprises really. The optional Black Pack makes it appear even sportier, and if you’re looking for a Land Rover that looks more rugged than the Evoque, this is exactly the one you should be spending your money on. Unlike the full-size Discovery which has received flak for its asymmetric tailgate design, the Discovery Sport’s conventional unit does the job and doesn’t look boring, either — or ugly for that matter.
The Discovery Sport is cavernous, which means you can even spec it with the optional seven-seat arrangement. But even as a five-seat SUV, the Discovery Sport has a lot to offer. Space and build are good. There’s a panoramic roof that adds to its premium positioning, while the interior feels built to last. The updated infotainment system shares some of the features from the Range Rover’s dual-screen system, which is great. And while the dashboard might fail to appeal as much as say the one on the Volvo XC60, but the intent of the Discovery Sport is very clear: it’s made for a purpose. It can easily be the family haulier for countless years, and the interior won’t show signs of ageing.
The most basic diesel engine on the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a 2-litre unit and produces 148 bhp and 382 Nm. Like the Evoque, the Discovery Sport also gets a 9-speed automatic. Moving up the range, and there’s a 177 bhp, 430 Nm diesel. It’s the most powerful Discovery Sport Diesel you can buy in India at the moment. The petrol-powered models come with a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that makes 237 bhp and 340 Nm. It’s quicker off the line, taking 7.9 seconds to do 0-100 kmph. AWD is standard across the range, and that makes the Discovery Sport quite potent off the road.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is priced at Rs 44.68 lakh onwards for the 5-seat, diesel-powered Pure variant. Everything else is available with the 5+2 option. For the shift to the more powerful diesel engine, one has to choose anything but the Pure variant. The petrol-engined model is available on the SE trim onwards, which is priced at 50.18 lakh while the top-spec HSE costs Rs 53.75 lakh. The diesel also has an HSE Luxury trim, which is filled to the brim with features and is priced at Rs 60.44 lakh.
The Evoque looks stylish in comparison but is also a few lakhs more expensive. In fact, all of its rivals like the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Volvo XC60 are more expensive than the Discovery Sport. Which further makes the case stronger for the Land Rover here.
Good value for money Handles off-road driving with absolute ease
Lacks bold styling The interior feels purpose-built but a bit utilitarian