With Land Rover products heading ever more upmarket, we take Land Rover's baby SUV for a test to see what it's like
What do we have here?
The Land Rover Discovery Sport succeeds the Freelander and Freelander II as the entry-level offering into the British off-roading stable.
It’s available with one diesel engine and one petrol engine. Both are 2.0-litre Ingenium motors and while the petrol is offered in just one output, Si4 240PS, there are three diesel offerings; eD4 (150PS), TD4 (180PS) and SD4 (240PS).
The petrol gets 4x4 and a nine-speed automatic as standard. The SD4 copies this, however, the TD4 gets a six-speed manual as standard and the automatic is a cost option. The entry-level eD4 is available with two-wheel and four-wheel drive but only with the manual gearbox.
There are seven trim levels to pick from Pure, SE, SE Tech, HSE, HSE Black, HSE Luxury and HSE Dynamic Luxury.
Aiding its off-roading prowess, the Discovery Sport has a 212mm obstacle clearance and a wading depth of 600mm.
Every model gets 18in alloy wheels, halogen headlights, autonomous emergency braking, partial leather seats, 60:40 second row seats with slide and recline, 8.0in touchscreen, 10 speakers sound system, lane departure warning, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
We’re testing the TD4 with an automatic gearbox in range-topping HSE Luxury Dynamic trim which costs £47,115. Standard equipment includes 20in alloy wheels; full Windsor leather seats; Xenon headlamps; dual-zone climate control; rear view camera; 10-way electric front seat; fixed panoramic roof and keyless entry.
Our test car came laden with kit including; Santorini black paint (£675); adaptive dynamics (£820); adaptive xenon headlamps (£390); entertainment Pack inc. rear seat entertainment (£4,140); adaptive cruise control and queue assist (£1,220); lane keeping aid & driver condition monitor (£340); InControl connect pro pack (£370); all terrain progress control (£180); electrically deployable tow pack (£1,345); and driver assist tech (£1,245).