2016 Discovery Sport New Car Test Drive
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a premium compact SUV smaller than the Land Rover LR4, larger than the Range Rover Evoque. Discovery Sport seats five, but it can be ordered with a third row suitable only for small children and referred to as 5+2 seating.
Discovery Sport competes with Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Volvo XC60, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and GMC Terrain Denali, none of which offer a third-row. Less luxurious, less sophisticated vehicles such as the Nissan Rogue, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and Mitsubishi Outlander do offer a third row. For five seats with greater cargo area and good off-highway capability consider also a top-line Subaru Outback.
Discovery Sport sets itself apart because it is a Land Rover with Land Rover styling cues, an airy, efficient cabin, modern safety and telematics features and better-than-average off-highway performance and towing ability (to about 4400 pounds). With the right equipment, InControl lets you run iOS and Android phone apps through the car.
A torquey turbocharged 2-liter engine and nine-speed automatic transmission (shared with Evoque) provide good performance and a semblance of highway fuel economy. EPA City/Highway estimates are 20/26, 22 Combined.
Discovery Sport SE ($37,995) comes with eight-way power partial leather seats, rear camera and park assist, power folding mirrors, Terrain Response, seven airbags and 10-speaker stereo. A third row seat is optional ($1750).
Discovery Sport HSE upgrades to leather upholstery, fixed panoramic glass roof, HID headlamps, front/rear fog lamps, park sensors, power tailgate, passive entry.
Discovery Sport HSE Luxury ($55,000) upgrades leather and audio, adds navigation, SiriusXM and HD radio, configurable ambient lighting and other features.