Land Rover has always been a brand synonymous with off-road driving and luxury 4×4 vehicles. So it should come as no surprise that the popular Discovery range is getting a new addition. The 2015 edition of the Land Rover Discovery Sport is set to fill the gap left by the departing Land Rover Freelander.
Land Rover has always been a massively popular mid-luxury brand. If you live in the countryside, or you just enjoy off-roading from time to time, it’s perfect. Visit www.hunterslandrover.co.uk for the best selection of models on the market. This will help you decide whether you want to think about upgrading to a Discovery Sport in the future.
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The Discovery Sport has been designed by Land Rover to be the most versatile vehicle in its sector. But it’s also important for the model to keep the quality and mid-luxury label that Land Rover is so renowned for. So let’s get on with the review of the new vehicle and what it has on offer to entice you.
The car’s packed with a 2.2 litre diesel engine equipped with 187 brake horsepower and a six-speed manual gearbox. As you’d expect, the Discovery has power but can prove slow and sluggish in places. The transmission is smooth and responsive, and the vehicle offers excellent handling. This is important for a car of this size and strength. There’s a good bet you’ll have some off road excursions with your Discovery Sport. As a result, it’s important that the car handles well.
With its stripped back style, the new Discovery Sport holds more of a resemblance to its little brother the Range Rover. It’s chiseled, modern and trendy looking. It doesn’t appear as laboured or cumbersome as its predecessors. The inside is even more elegant and attractive. Its upmarket interior is full of slick styling and high-quality materials. The dashboard, dials and all round design evoke the Range Rover Evoque.
The cars offers a smooth and composed ride. Its strong suspension means that bumps and potholes are barely noticeable. It’s an agile beast, and cornering has never been easier in a car of this size or power. Its response time and bespoke Terrain Response System leaves rivals like the Toyota Land Cruiser trailing in its wake. This is the ultimate vehicle for the perfect off-roading experience.
This is also one of the safest models available on the road with nine airbags, stability control and emergency braking. All the features in the Discovery Sport are adapted and focused to make the car as safe as possible. In fact, it has a built in ‘infotainment’ system that is compatible with smartphones. This allows you to download and use apps that allow you to track your car if it’s stolen. Or summon the emergency services with just the simple click of a button.
One of the main drawbacks to this model is the price and running costs. Of course, it’s all relative, but a basic model will cost in excess of £32,000. While a luxury model will cost much more, coming in at almost £43,000. You do get a lot for your money though. The running costs are also expensive and will set you back a hefty sum.
But this is but a minor flaw in a vehicle that is otherwise one of the best in off road 4×4’s available on the market. If you’re looking for something with a bit of clout and power, you can’t do much better than the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.