Intelligent reinvention for Land Rover's best seller
The Discovery Sport has been a deserving best-seller for Land Rover, with its versatile 5+2 seating and compact dimensions making it the ideal family SUV. Over 100,000 have found homes in the UK in the past three years, but Land Rover have now comprehensively re-engineered it with new architecture, drivetrains and technology.
At launch the 2020 Discovery Sport will be available with three diesel and two petrol drivetrains. With the exception of the entry model front-wheel drive D150 Manual, all come with 48V mild hybrid tech, which stores energy from braking and allows the engine to coast during deceleration, providing near-instant restarts and electrically-assisted acceleration. These Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MHEV) have no EV-only range – that will come with the Plug-in Hybrid later in 2019.
The best economy and emissions figures are
achieved by the D150, which claims 47.8mpg on the WLTP test, while the top
performer is the petrol P250, which can cover 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds. Off-road
capability, a Land Rover strength, remains outstanding; Terrain Response 2 allows
drivers to choose from four modes (Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud &
Ruts). Alternatively, you can let Auto mode select the most appropriate mode
for the conditions.
Land Rover has taken the wise decision to update but not reinvent the looks of the Discovery Sport, with new exterior features that include a new grille, new front and rear bumpers, new lower body mouldings and LED headlamps. However, beneath the skin the 2020 model has an all-new platform, the Premium Transverse Architecture that it shares with the new Evoque.
This allows the fitment of optional 21-inch wheels and accommodates the new mild hybrid technology. Inside, the look is cleaner and more upmarket. On a practical note the second row seats now split 20:40:20, giving a claimed 24 different interior layouts as well as seat-down rear load space of 1,794-litres.
Standard safety features include front and rear parking aids, a rear camera, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist, Driver Condition Monitor and Cruise Control and Speed Limiter. The optional ‘Driver Assist’ pack adds Adaptive Cruise Control with Steer Assist and 360-degree Surround Camera, as well as Blind Spot Assist, High Speed Emergency Braking, Park Assist, 360-degree Parking Aid, Rear Traffic Monitor, Wade Sensing and Clear Exit Monitor.
From the HSE’s driver instrumentation on a 12.3-inch TFT panel to the 10.25 Touch Pro infotainment screen, Land Rover has brought the Discovery Sport into line with the most up-to-date rivals. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported, there’s wireless charging and 4G Wi-Fi comes as standard on many models. The model range includes the standard Discovery Sport, there are S, SE and HSE models and the sporty R-Dynamic package is available from the S upwards.
Innovative technologies include the high-definition rear-view mirror which can switch between camera view and mirror view, plus the ClearSight Ground View allows the driver to ‘see through’ the bonnet to the wheels to avoid anything from rocks to parking bollards.
|Vehicle length||4599 mm / 181 in|
|Vehicle width||2173 mm / 85.6 in|
|Vehicle height||(unladen) 1724 mm / 67.9 in|
2741 mm / 107.9 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1817 kg / 4006 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||
2.2 litre / 4
|Max Torque||420 nm @ 1750rpm|
|Max Power||190 hp|
|Top Speed||117 mph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph / 7.8 sec|
|Combined cycle||46.3 mpg|
|Urban cycle||40.4 mpg|