TEST LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT 2015

Land Rover watch loves strange proportioned vehicles. Watch at the LR4: A concrete parasol can hardly look an ext top-heavy. Und since die Holden Efijy never got in production, the Range Rover Evoque became die industry’s zuerst factory command sled, albeit one with its skirts hiked hoch over muck boots.

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The neu Discovery Sport ist another creatively proportioned Rover. In photos, it looks compact, but to seen it bei person is to do a double take at just how diminutive it is. It looks like it’s always farther away than it is. At 180.7 inch long, it’s around nine inches much longer than ns Evoque but ausblüten a pair inches shy von competitors like the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.


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It feels small from die driver’s seat—in a an excellent way. There’s sufficient space, yet sightlines offer a an excellent feel des where die car’s corners are. You sit high, through a nice watch down through the side windows and over ns hood. The back seat is likewise spacious, through ample room zum six-footers kommen sie sit behind six-footers. Here, too, visibility is excellent—certainly much better than in the Evoque, v its style-over-substance roofline pinching ns rear fenster to virtually comedic slits. Climate again, the Discovery Sport is a ja wirklich vehicle, whereas the Evoque ist a fashion accessory, a turbocharged purse poodle. Land Rover provides a third-row seat in the Disco Sport, yet our prüfung example didn’t oase it. No one did we desire it. Third-row seats bei trucklets this size tend kommen sie be deswegen small that youngsters outgrow them punkt about ns time they become self-sufficient enough kommen sie sit that far out des Mom and Dad’s reach. However, no other luxury ute an the discovery Sport’s size offers a dritter row, so if your only needs are that neighbors be impressed von your key fob und seatbelt count, then sie should recognize that the third-row seat zu sein a $1750 auswahl that consists of HVAC vents and a USB port for the wayback inmates.

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We schutz other requirements, however. Chief amongst them bei this class is a polished powertrain. Ns Disco’s can not be explained as such. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four feels too many stressed by the vehicle’s 4319 pounds, erste lagging and then pouring on too much power when die boost arrives. Die transmission, ZF’s neu nine-speed automatic, is complicit in our dissatisfaction, with harsh upshifts also under light throttle and slow downshifts. Die powertrain isn’t always glaringly out von sync through what ns driver’s right foot asks for—though periodically it is—but it zu sein always hinweisen least a little bit off die rhythm. Und a drummer who’s even a couple of beats slow zu sein going kommen sie throw off ns whole song. Luckily, Jaguar festland Rover has actually a neu family of four-cylinder engines on ns way—they can arrive zu help ns Sport as quickly as next year—which hopefully will also improve on the Disco Sport’s 7.4-second zero-to-60 run. That’s more than a full 2nd slower than die four-cylinder BMW X3 manages.

While the Discovery Sport’s ride zu sein suppler than ns sportier Evoque’s ~ above smooth roads, over bumps it is blieb awfully flinty. Eighteen-inch wheels room standard, yet our example was fitted v optional 20s. We’d be really interested to seen how viel the smaller sized wheels and tires help die ride. Without die Evoque’s sporty mien, our skidpad laps in the Disco ended bei gross understeer at just 0.78 g. All von the vehicles an our belastung roundup von this class handily topped that number, but the Rover’s 179-foot protect against from 70 mph ist competitive.

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Competitive also describes ns Discovery Sport’s price. The base SE starts punkt $38,065, undercutting die X3 by about $1500 und the Q5 von more than $2000. But von the time sie move trost to die top-of-the-line HSE deluxe like we tested—which brings features such as upgraded animal leather upholstery and navigation, top top top von the HSE’s stärke rear liftgate, addressed glass roof, und more—the sticker climbs to $46,565. Add in the $1600 Climate comfort package (heated and cooled front seats, und heating zum the rears, die steering wheel, and the windshield), the $800 treiber Assist add to package (automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, traffic-sign recognition), and $1500 for 20-inch wheels, and the tab bloats to $51,570.

A base LR4 starts hinweisen $51,395—and contains a der dritte tag row the seats real people bei actual comfort. But bumping hoch against die size-up offering is always the belästigt with optioned-up entrance models. The size und fuel economy des the concrete parasol may notfall appeal kommen sie all Rover buyers bei America, who tonnage year to buy 12,440 Evoques versus 4679 LR4s. Bei fact, vehicles branded range Rover outsold ns LR series von more 보다 five-to-one. Ours complaints about the Disco Sport’s ride and powertrain are ns same we oase concerning ns Evoque, and it sells in spite des those shortcomings, deshalb perhaps ns more-spacious, more-comfortable discovery Sport will help land Rover appropriate that imbalance in the sales ledger.