The Land Rover firmly believes in hi-technology and is actively engaging in refining, upgrading, and improving. The reason is to provide the market with incredible four-wheel-drive vehicles. The Land Rover has set a high benchmark for reliability, safety, and comfort which rivals are unable to match. The Discovery Sport is one exemplary supreme model which gives you practicality, reliance, and luxury at the same time.
Discovery Sport: Features
The Discovery Sport, a 5-door subcompact SUV, replaced the Freelander of the Land Rover Series in 2014. Also refined the rough and rugged appearance to give an elegantly sporty look to the car. The car remained the most sold car for the year 2019 with 83.5 thousand units sold across the world. The main key strength of an SUV, Land Rover Discovery Sport practicality is particularly impressive. The car allows seven passengers to get a super comfy ride on heated seats with some space for luggage. This practical SUV with combined luxury comes with a four-wheel-drive feature Terrain Response. It adjusts the gears and traction control to suit different off-road conditions and wisely makes Discovery Sport a reliable off-roader.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport takes its approach from a design playbook containing sharper, bolder, and stylish cues. They are usually reserve for their sibling models of more worth. The 2020 model is equipped with a slimy headlight, which increases the modernity of its overall appearance, and feels high-tech. The car gets body-colored cladding and contrasting rear garnish. The measurements disclose and show that it has a height of 1,724 mm. A width of 2,069 mm, a length of 4,590 mm, and a wheelbase of 2,741 mm.
Furthermore, this subcompact SUV has an impressive ground clearance of 212 mm and comes with 17 inches alloys. They are making it possible for the car to climb up the sloppy hills. The Discovery Sport comes with a steel monologue, the bonnet, wings, roof, and tailgate are made of aluminum. A panoramic glass sunroof is available either as standard or as an optional. It depends on a model version to make you witness the beauty in the sky. The bumpers are curvy and include rear and front fog lights too. The car is aerodynamic in the mechanism, which helps the car accelerate at high speeds.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has a refined, eye-catching interior. There are adequate quality materials, even in the base model. Although some critics find the fit and finish a little below luxury standards. The Discovery Sports comes with cloth upholstery as standard. Other standard features included in the package are synthetic leather, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats. Also contains massaging front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
Moreover, The Discovery Sport comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, In Control Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, which is 2 inches larger than in previous models, a six-speaker audio stereo system, Bluetooth, and multiple USB ports. Furthermore, buying Discovery Sport gives you a panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging, a Meridian audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation pro, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto features.
Land Rover's Activity Key, an advanced feature that lets you lock and unlock the car without the keys, is also available. Coming to steering placement and driver’s adjustments, the broad and soft driver’s seat is extremely comfortable, although you have to adjust it manually if you for the entry-level trim, but other models include electric adjustment. The armrest is perfectly placed and the dashboard is user-friendly with quite sensitive buttons.
The Discovery Sport provides just 6.8 cubic feet of cargo space, 157 liters when all the seats are in place. The boot measures 754 liters/34.6 cubic feet with the third row of seats folded down. You can enhance the boot capacity by folding down all the seats, which increases the boot space to almost 1,794 liters/60 cubic feet. In practice, you will not get the boot space with the error until space is utilized up to the ceiling.
Driving and Handling
The Discovery Sport isn’t the sharpest SUV to ride, but it handles very well. Digging out more, the body movement is under control, and there’s much grip even on the standard-fit all-weather tires. Furthermore, the electronically controlled permanent four-wheel-drive system provides confidence-inspiring traction, even in the greasiest conditions. However, the steering, unlike the GLC or a BMW X3, feels considerably slow to respond but yes, it is precise enough.
Discovery Sports combines the high-set driving position and excellent visibility to allow you to place the Disco Sport on the road with confidence. Moreover, there’s a firm edge to the suspension at low speed that makes it less pampering, due to which most bumps and potholes are smoothly round out. On the other hand, a six-speed manual gearbox is available in the base-trim diesel; the only car in the range with front-wheel drive, remaining models come with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. However, the gearbox is not quite as responsive, although it’s very smooth and makes the most of the consistent performance. The Land Rover’s range of ingenious four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are a little harsh, but mild-hybrid tech features across much of the range help to reduce fuel costs and give a smoother power delivery with no or nominal sound.
The Discovery Sport has considerable safety kits including a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera system, rear cross-traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and clear exit assist, which benefits you when opening the door with traffic approaching. Some unpopular safety features included in the car are Clear Sight Rear View, which lets you clearly see behind the vehicle without rear-seat passengers blocking your view, and Clear Sight Ground View, which aids you to navigate high city curbs or tackle rough terrain by projecting camera imagery that offers a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle to make your ride safe and comfortable.
Moreover, the car is equipped with a Standard driver assistance package which includes a rearview camera; front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking system, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring system, all-terrain progress control, hill descent control, and four Terrain Response drive modes: General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, and Sand.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport engines are towards the thirstier side of the class. The most efficient engine, D150, as claimed by the Land Rover returns up to 46.3mpg – depending on wheel size – and emits from 159g/km. However, the D180 engine achieves a maximum return of 39.6mpg and emits 183g/km, whereas, the D240 is thirstier, returns 38.8mpg and 187g/km. The petrol engines are quite expensive to run, given their fuel usage. Based on claimed efficiency and official tests, the P250 petrol engine achieves the best economy of just 29.9mpg and emits 210g/km of CO2, while the lesser-powered P200 petrol engine improves on these figures by just a portion at 30.2mpg and 208g/km.
However, with the launch of the Discovery Sport plug-in hybrid model, the fuel efficiency numbers have got a helping hand. The plug-in hybrid has the ability to travel up to 38 miles on pure electric drive solely and if charged on the regular basis the P300e petrol PHEV can return a claimed 175.5mpg, with CO2 emissions of 36g/km, which’s impressive. Furthermore, the car belongs to the insurance groups between 27 and 42 depending on engine and trim, which makes a reasonable option to insure.
In 2020, the Discovery Sport brings a base price of £32,800., adding two more driven wheels and automatic gearbox prices climb to around £37,000. The base models aren’t expensive and give more features, reliability, and comfort than the rivals in the same price bracket. However, more refinement comes with a bigger price, the top-most spec model, Discovery Sport R-Dynamic HSE, starts from £52,800, even this is also a bit below average for a top trim in the class.
Variants and Specs
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport is offered in two sub-models; Discovery Sport SUV and Discovery Sport Hybrid. Available trims include P250 S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), P250 SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), P250 R-Dynamic SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), P250 R-Dynamic S 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), P250 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and P290 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 9A).
Moreover, the Land Rover Discovery Sport variants are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine. It gives you to output up to 246 horsepower, depending on the engine type. Furthermore, the Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with an all-wheel-drive AWD. The available transmissions include a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport model you go with, comes with a 4 year/ 50000 miles standard warranty. A 4 year/ 50000 miles roadside warranty, and a 4 year/ 50000 miles powertrain warranty.
Thoughts of GoodautoDeals!
The 2020 Discovery Sport offers the off-roading ability Land Rovers are known for. However, Discovery Sport’s turbocharged engine options are apathetic and give poor fuel economy figures. They are exciting to drive, but ride and refinement are right towards the top of the class. If you are looking for a fuel-efficient SUV with luxury. So the Mild hybrid tech and a new PHEV model is the right choice for you.
Furthermore, they are the main attractions of Land Rover Discovery Sport, with a huge boot, seven seats, and masses of space. Which makes it a more practical car rather than a sports vehicle. Our pick-up is Discovery Sport 2.0 TD 180 SE Tech Auto AWD Mid-power version. This version offers strong performance with good economy and refinement and gives better fuel efficiency.