As a world renowned company that has continuously produced vehicles that can go anywhere on or off the road to tackle some of the most challenging environments Land Rover did not ignore the fact that the compact SUV market was booming, especially on the luxury side. The Discovery Sport competes with the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60, but none of them shows the off road prowess of the Discovery Sport which was built to be on the trails and in the wilderness taking on Mother Nature and showing her who’s the boss.
Not only is the Discovery Sport another in a long line of great SUVs from Land Rover, it even offers one of the quietest cabins on the market to be a vehicle that is perfect for your driving enjoyment. Even when on the highway you will notice very little noise interruption and the drive of this exceptional vehicle makes for a smooth and confident ride that has a great place to ride from for you to feel you have a vehicle that is well worth the name of Land Rover. The great thing about this SUV is when you do need to head to the off road trails, you can do so with the same confidence you have on the road.
What you don’t know about the Discovery Sport is the price. Most of us see the name Land Rover and immediately see high price in the future but this SUV offers a great ride at a reasonable price. The base price actually comes in around $38,500 to give you an affordable starting point. Moving up to the HSE model the price comes in at $43,000 and the HSE Lux with all the features aboard will ask for more than $60,00 which is still a fair price considering what is added to the vehicle for you to enjoy.
The interior style of the SUV gives you plenty of utility features to haul the cargo you need matched with the luxury that you expect to find on this vehicle. The exterior style actually adds to the space offered inside the vehicle to make it an SUV that you can have an adventure in or just a luxurious cruise on the country roads around you. You even see a second row of seats that is raised up over the front to give the rear passengers stadium seating that will actually slide and recline to accommodate taller passengers. This SUV has been laid out with you in mind to make it an easy choice when you want a great luxury SUV.
On the outside the style is boxy but refined. With smooth lines and rounded edges the Discovery Sport appears to be stylish compared to other SUVs, but it does retain much of the shape to give the space desired on the inside. The stance of this SUV is wider than the competition to allow it to feel more stable on the road and the sloped windshield helps to keep the noise down to allow for a comfortable, confident and quiet ride. When you go off road, the shape of this SUV makes it easier to handle steep slopes and even tackle streams of nearly two feet deep.
With the Land Rover name but a low price you might be skeptical regarding the features that are included on this vehicle. The standard offerings for this SUV include the AWD system that is one of the best in the industry, the Terrain Response System, Hill Descent Control, push button starting, partial leather seating, power adjustable front seats, USB media and charging ports up front, two USB charging ports in the rear, a ten-speaker audio/infotainment system with an eight-inch touch screen and Bluetooth connectivity. The HSE comes with the full leather seating and the panoramic roof as standard features for only a small increase in the price.
Looking to the options there are only a few that come as stand-alone offerings. These are limited to the keyless entry, heated front and rear seats, traffic detection and emergency braking. Most of the options are put into paint and wheel packages for you to choose the colors and wheels you want to have on your Discovery Sport. There are upgrades offered for the audio system, navigation system and seating as well, but having a third row will leave with nearly no cargo room, so that is a tradeoff on this Land Rover vehicle.
When you look at the Discovery Sport two items stand out above the rest. The first is the attitude of this vehicle which offers the elegance you want on the road but the grit to handle off road challenges and come out victorious on the other side. The other is the fixed panoramic roof which gives you a full open view of the sky around you, making your evening drive one that is experienced under the stars.
The single engine that powers this SUV is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. This is more than powerful enough to get the job done for you as it brings in 240 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is put through the nine-speed automatic transmission to the Haldex AWD system to give you the fuel mileage of 20 city/26 hwy mpg. This AWD system is smart enough to sense which tires have the best grip and deliver the power to those tires for the best overall traction control.
What is this Discovery Sport from Land Rover? This is the SUV you want when shopping in the luxury compact SUV market. The off road ability is better than any competitor and the on road manners make it a true British specialty. For 2016 this SUV adds the InControl system which offers roadside and emergency assistance when needed at the push of a button. This system will also allow you to remotely start the engine or unlock the doors with the app on your smartphone. At this price and with all the awesome items mentioned, do you really want to miss out on your chance to own this awesome compact luxury SUV? I didn’t think so, I will see you at the nearest Land Rover dealer so you can pick on out.