The Discovery Sport – one of the best-sellers for Land Rover – has been around for quite some time now. But Land Rover has finally introduced its brand new Ingenium range of engines in the Discovery Sport – the 2.0-litre diesel motor produces 177bhp, while the 2.0-litre petrol motor makes a meaty 237bhp. These engines have been a long time coming, and are now proliferating across the Jaguar Land Rover range – which is a good thing because both motors are extremely free-revving and refined.
Other than the engine, though, the Discovery Sport remains much the same as before – which is to say that it’s starting to look and feel a little dated. That being said, it still looks good – albeit in an understated sort of way. Climb inside, though, and that’s when the Discovery Sport really begins to show its age – especially if you’ve experienced the latest Touch Pro Duo Infotainment System in the Range Rover Velar or the Range Rover Sport. Still, the Discovery Sport goes about its business in a fuss-free manner. The seats are very comfortable and supportive, while the cabin is quite airy on the whole.
And once you set off, the Discovery Sport reveals its true colours. With 430Nm of torque and a smooth 9-Speed automatic gearbox, with paddle shifters, in this diesel variant, the Discovery Sport offers a very engaging driving experience. The steering, which may feel heavy for everyday use, offers phenomenal feedback and makes the ride and handling all the more rewarding. Driving dynamics is where Jaguar Land Rover excels, and this is evident in the Discovery Sport. Another area where Land Rover excels, of course, is in regards to off-road performance. And in this respect, no other SUV in its class comes close. So, if you’re looking for a luxury SUV that’s capable of hitting that off-road trail, then the Disco Sport is still right for you. If you merely want a city runabout, look elsewhere.