Available in Pure, HSE Luxury, SE and HSE trim levels, the new 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport seems to succeed in its mission to showcase the brand’s off-road hardware to the public in the iteration of a 3-row, luxury crossover. This new Land Rover Discovery Sport goes up against vehicles like Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and BMW X3 and it shares a similar underpinning.
Land Rover has managed to blend on-road tenacity with an off-road ability like no other. To reason with this, 2017 Discovery Sport gets a sole powertrain; the 2.2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This mill has a direct fuel injection and is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission system.
Altogether, this diesel burner produces 240 HP of power at 5,800 RPM and 295 lb-ft of torque at 1,750 RPM. 0 to 60 mpg sprint comes in around 8 seconds which seems modest (considering the competitors). Max towing capacity checks at 5,500 lbs. and fuel economy does good at 20 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. This engine also uses an all-wheel-drive system which creates torque variations in both front and rear wheels.
As compared to the Evoque and LR2, the suspension system of 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport allows more travel and controlled rebound. Along with that, Land Rover’s Terrain Response system offers driving modes like normal, snow and mud which adapts steering weighting, center differential behavior and transmission response for performance alterations.
2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Exterior
Design wise, 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport has a well-proportioned body and a purposeful stance. This vehicle rides on oversized wheels which seem about its perky body. Its front fascia includes a honeycomb grille which has thin slats. The headlights have a sensible design and are multi-functional. Then there’s a rugged skid plate under the front bumper which projects a good amount of ground clearance.
Up top, the hood has a clam-shell design and wears the ‘Discovery’ badge while flaunting subtle aerodynamic creases. The Discovery Sport also integrates black plastic trims in the body edges, bumpers and window panes which hint sportiness. Its rear part adds interest as well. The bumper sports two round exhaust outlets, an aluminum skid plate and stop lights.
Inside, the cabin gives a business-like impression as the center stack has a vertical layout. All the dials and knobs wear soft-touch materials and chrome embellishments can be seen on the driver’s gauge cluster, steering wheel, AC vents and door panels.
The center stack stretches towards the rear seats to offer heating settings, auxiliary inputs and USB connectivity. There’s a 10.2-inch infotainment screen which is optional in both HSE trims. Other optional features include a panoramic sunroof and rear seat entertainment.
When it comes to vehicle safety, Land Rover knows best. For what it’s worth, safety features like Perimetric Alarm, Hazard Lights, Dual-stage Airbags and Auto Locking (with Crash Locking) come standard in 2017 Discovery Sport.
Pricing for this 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport starts from $37,000 for SE, $42,000 for HSE and reaches up to $ 46,000 for 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury.