The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the new entry level model and replacement for the Freelander. Face on and you would be forgiven for thinking the Discovery Sport is an identical twin to the incredibly successful Range Rover Evoque, it’s from the windscreen back, where the Discovery Sport starts to reveal its own identity. Whilst the Evoque’s roofline dips to give its signature stance, the Discovery Sport maintains a traditional horizontal line that squares off with the tailgate. Imagine, if you will, a giant grasping the roof of an Evoque and stretching it back to a horizontal profile, with it, elongating the rear lights to maintain proportion!
The result is a machine that has much of the Evoque’s style, but being slightly longer has the practicality of five full time seats and another two that store in the boot floor, making the Discovery Sport a genuine seven-seat proposition. The second row of seats can also move fore and aft, creating a larger boot space or rear leg room depending on the journey.
The driving experience is sublime. Tested in 2.2-litre 188bhp turbo diesel format, and mated to an automatic gearbox, (there is a manual version if preferred), performance was smooth and plentiful allowing for swift over overtaking whilst still returning more than 40mpg on our Great Drive.
A leather lined cabin complemented with high grade plastic and alloy detailing, are married to Jaguar / Land Rover’s high quality generic switchgear, helping to instill family lineage and gives the Discovery Sport an ambiance to rival its Germanic competitors. A clear Sat Nav display with touch sensitive controls for all major driver comforts help to inject the right dose of practicality into this thoughtful design.
With prices starting from, £32,395, this is much more than an entry level model. The Discovery Sport is testament that the Land Rover range is without doubt a cut above the competition.