Land Rover Discovery Sport Facelift First Drive

Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

Land Rover India has introduced the 2018 edition of the Discovery Sport in the country. The updated luxury SUV gets a host of new features for the new year with prices starting at Rs 41.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). More prominently, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport boasts of the InControl Pro Services and Wi-Fi hotspot, which provide access to a host of other connectivity features. A replacement to the Freelander 2 in Land Rover’s line-up, the Discovery Sport is one of the more affordable SUVs from the British car maker’s stable and is offered with a diesel heart.


The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is now offered only with a diesel heart and draws power from the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, which is available in two states of tune. The Pure, SE and HSE trims get the 147 bhp version of the engine with 382 Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the range-topping HSE Luxury variant gets power uprated to 177 bhp and 430 Nm of peak torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission and All-wheel drive is standard on both versions. Land Rover is not offering a petrol engine on the Disccovery Sport. Apply car loan for Land Rover Discovery Sport in Fincarz.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Exteriors

The Discovery Sport, unlike the Freelander 2 isn’t boxy, and that’s a welcome change. In fact, a quick glance at it is enough to figure that it draws some inspiration from the Range Rover Evoque. But amazingly, the Disco still manages make its own identirty with its subtle design cues.

Look at the Discovery Sport from the front and it screams Land Rover. That smoothly carved out bonnet, and the honeycomb grille grill with the Discovery badge above it give it a clean look up front. And then adding a bit of spunk, there are those sweet looking circular daytime running lamps around the projector headlamps. We particularly liked the way the rear end coexists with the front thanks to certain elements in its design. The smoked tail lamp cluster too has circular LEDs and there’s the all important Discovery badge above the registration plate. Although the oddball rear design doesn’t look as evolved and butch as the front, the overall styling will surely grow on you over time.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Interiors

Land Rover has brought in the Discovery Sport in two versions – a 5 seater and a 5+2. To make space for the extra row of seating, the Discovery Sport comes with space saver spare wheel which too has been pushed under placed underneath the SUV. Out test car was the more sensible 5 seater version, which comes with ample of leg and knee room, even for the passengers at the back. This is thanks to the flat floor seating. The seats although fairly supportive are a bit firm for our liking.

For the interior trim, Land Rover offers a lot of customisable options, the one we got our hands on was washed in black. Surprisingly though, the inside of the car didn’t feel claustrophobic and it is all thanks to the large windows. Bits of brushed aluminium finish around the air-con vents and the centre console give it a nice highlight. Although the dashboard won’t leave you mesmerised, it’s neatly laid out design is soothing to look at. Certain controls though are a bit oddly positioned, like the power window buttons and the controls for the electrically adjustable ORVMs. Quality of materials all round is top notch.

The centre console houses an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is responsive to touch and comes with a navigation system. Weirdly the power button for the infotainment system is placed close to the climate control. The instrumentation is quite similar to the one on the Evoque and also shows information of the Terrain Management System.

Features and Equipment:

For a car that costs over Rs 50 lakh, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is expected to come loaded with features and in that regard it doesn’t disappoint. The HSE TD4 model that we tested, gets 8-way electric front seats, front and rear parking aid, rear camera and park assist. For the convenience of passengers, the Discovery Sport comes with several USB and 12 volt charging points.And then to make the off-roading task easier, Land Rover has also equipped it with all sorts of gizmos including the renowned Terrain Management System, Hill Descent Control, Electronic Traction Control, Roll Stability Control and the works. One thing that we would have loved to see was an openable Panoramic Sunroof instead of a fixed one.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Performance

The 2-litre Ingenium diesel motor truly is a gem. It is very refined, and at idle I could barely feel any vibrations creeping in. Step on the throttle though and you do hear some engine noise, but it’s well within what’s acceptable.This engine is available in two states of tune, depending on the variant. The one on the test is the HSE trim (7-seater) and its motor produces 150PS (180PS in the HSE Luxury trim) and 382Nm of torque that peaks at 1,750rpm. Now 150PS may not sound like much, but it’s the way the power is delivered that makes it so impressive. For Land Rover Discovery Sport check orsp

The 9-speed gearbox has well-spaced ratios and you’ll find the engine revving at a relaxed 1,500rpm while cruising at 105kmph. That said, the gearbox is a tad slow to respond when you go pedal to the metal. This is also the case while driving in Sports mode or using the paddle shifts to go up or down the gears. We recorded a 0-100kmph time of 12.1 seconds which is decent for this size of an SUV. The lower state of tune and 9-speed gearbox also make it frugal at the pumps. It delivered 11.1kmpl in the city and 15.4kmpl on the highway.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Driving

The Discovery Sport’s suspension set-up offers a great blend of ride and handling. Driving over Mumbai’s monsoon ravaged roads, I barely lifted off the throttle, as the suspension went about ironing out every pothole and bump. On the flipside, there is a bit of body roll when cornering hard, but it’s not unnerving at any point. In fact, the quick steering and the grip levels from the Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tyres instil a lot of confidence, in case you get enthusiastic.

The Land Rover badge on the grille automatically means that the Discovery Sport has good off-road capability. It has terrain response that alters the Disco’s characteristics to suit a particular terrain (mud, sand, grass, gravel). I didn’t really get a chance to explore its full potential, but Rahul has experienced what this SUV can do at the Land Rover Experience despite its 200mm ground clearance.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Safety

Equipment armed in the SUV for the safety of occupants includes dual front airbags with side-bags, perimitric & volumetric protection, Drive Control Monitor, Intelligent Speed Monitor and Lane Keep Assist. Other than these, it also gets hill descent control, electronic power assisted steering and adaptive Dynamic with MagneRide.Exterior profile gets a fixed panoramic sunroof, power adjusted heated exterior mirrors with power-fold and memory functions. In front, it sports adaptive Xenon headlamps with LED signature, fog lamps and rain sensing wipers. Inside the cabin, it is gets Windsor leather seats, 10 way adjustable electric front seats with driver & passenger memory and sliding arm-rest on centre console.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Price in Pune

Land Rover Discovery Sport On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 52,10,200 to 63,97,310 for variants Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel Pure 5 Seats and Discovery Sport 2.0l Diesel HSE Luxury 5 Seats respectively. Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in 2 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Land Rover Discovery Sport variants price in Pune. Check for Discovery Sport On-Road Price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Final Thought

Should you buy one then? The biggest draw is clearly the prestigious Land Rover badge. And then, there are a lot of options available in the market at that price point including its cousin – the Range Rover Evoque. Moreover when you consider the fact that its arch rivals offer a more powerful motor, then things get slightly more difficult. But then if you want a car that looks good, handles well, is practical and most importantly can take the road unexplored without breaking a sweat then the Land Rover Discovery Sport surely should be on your list.

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