The new 2017 Range Rover Discovery Sport / 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a smart packed SUV with the option of seven seats it is good to drive, comfortable and, by class standards, well-priced. Land Rover Discovery Sport is a family-friendly SUV sitting under the fullness Discovery in the Land Rover range. A replacement for the Freelander model, which was discontinued in 2014, it is based on the more expensive Range Rover Evoque, but offers much more practical. All Discovery Sport has a 2.0-liter diesel engine and four-wheel drive, and most buyers will opt for the seven- seat version rather than the cheaper five-seater.
The sport competes with the five-seat only Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Seven-seat competitors include the cheaper but less luxury, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento and Nissan X-Trail. The Discovery Sport has no direct competitors, but since there is no comparable price premium-badged SUV available with seven seats, giving it a unique appeal. All versions have a comfortable and relatively classy-feeling interior and relaxing to drive. Plus, the Discovery Sport is not too expensive by the standards of luxury SUVs.
2017 Range Rover Discovery Sport Interior
High-end Range Rover Discovery Sport comes with adjustable lumbar support and powered conformable seats as standard. The buffered lid of the raised center cubby doubles as a well-placed armrest and the control panel is easy to find, with a well-marked and logically placed switches. The rotary heating controls are simple, but many institutions controlled by the big color touch screen system in the middle of the dashboard, which sometimes can be a fiddly process.
Range Rover Discovery Sport 2017 chunky side mirrors provide a broad, rear view, but can hamper your forward view of connections. There is also a blind spot to the car’s rear three-quarters that it is important to be aware of when changing lanes. Still, the high-set driving position and large windows and windshield mean that visibility is at least as good as those offered by most competitors.
The 2017 Discovery Sport Sports bonus also a lot of those sensors by front and rear parking on all but the entry-level model, just behind sensors. A reversing camera is standard on HSE trim and up, and optional on lower trims, while the automatic parking systems are optional across the range. Standard heated front and rear screens mean that you will be able to clear frost in no time.
Range Rover Discovery Sport Engine
The cheapest and most effective Range Rover Discovery Sport is equipped with 148bhp 2.0-liter diesel engine. It badged E-Capability and four-wheel drive, but you can have an automatic gearbox or seven seats – even if you are willing to pay extra is.
The performance of this model also allows to be desired a little over, so we’d opt for the stronger 178bhp version. You can with a six-speed manual or, for a little extra, the more relevant nine-speed automatic. Straight-line performance is still not sparkling in comparison with, say, a BMW X3, but there is enough urgency of low revs. All models have an active four-wheel drive, a system in slippery conditions, may submit to the wheel with the most traction. And even the 148bhp model will draw two tons.
Range Rover Discovery Sport Safety
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport sets the standard for safety in its class and achieved the full five stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests. An airbag comes from the top of the hood to help head injuries in the event of a pedestrian collision, while interior airbags include one for knee the driver’s and front airbags with regard to the head, chest and areas of those to a front. There are head and side airbags for passengers in the middle row of seats. An automatic emergency braking and lane departure assist other features that many opponents do not get as standard. Traffic sign recognition, which displays the speed limit is optional on all but base SE models.