Discovery Sport 2019

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What is it?

The not-before-time replacement for the Freelander. The Land Rover Discovery Sport uses the Evoque’s chassis architecture, but has a brand new rear suspension design that’s specifically been incorporated to allow the packaging of seven seats as standard in every model. This in itself is a major selling point, but its boosted further here by strong design language and Land Rover’s brand image which takes the Disco Sport further upmarket.

Just a year after launch there’s been a huge change for the range: out goes the old 2.2-litre TD4 engine and in comes JLR’s new 2.0-litre TD4 ‘Ingenium’ motor. This is the one the car’s been crying out for. So, is it any good…?

Engines, Ride, and Handling

A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, a nine-speed automatic, and standard all-wheel drive promise efficient all-weather performance. The turbo four is offered in two different potencies: 237 or 286 horsepower. Among its compact crossover rivals, the Disco Sport offers the most off-road capability. A four-mode Terrain Response system helps it adapt to a variety of situations—sand, snow, rocks, or mud. Back on-road, the 2019 Discovery Sport delivers a little driving enjoyment and its ride is stiff, especially on the optional 20-inch wheels.

Interior and Technology

Seating for seven in a luxury-lined cabin means the whole family can tag along in comfort on adventures big or small. Those relegated to the smallish third-row should be kids though—adults won’t emerge from the wayback feeling limber no matter how short the journey. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation is standard, as is dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, and 10-way power adjustable front seats. High-end models ratchet up the luxe with things like soft Windsor leather, configurable ambient interior lighting, and heated front and rear seats. Land Rover offers a host of driver-assistance features, but none are standard and it requires adding multiple optional packages to get them all. Automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, a driver-attention monitor, and traffic-sign recognition are bundled together in one package; a head-up display and a self-parking feature are offered in another; and adaptive cruise control is a standalone option, as is blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

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