The new Land Rover Discovery Sport 2 HSE Luxury
Clean and simple
Whilst there is no place for complacency, Land Rover products are so good these days that you can buy with confidence.
The Range Rover and the Evoque have given Land Rover the mantle, the former proving the global benchmark for serious hard core off-roading combined with luxury, whilst the all-purpose family orientated Evoque has persuaded many previously loyal owners of competitor brands to jump ship. Smart.
The new Discovery Sport took over from the Freelander as the family/lifestyle off-roader of choice. It may look suave and comfortable (which it is) but it has true off-roading abilities, and whilst 75% or more of its owners may do no more than drive it through a puddle or over a speed hump, the knowledge and self-assurance from knowing the Disco can climb the back of Godzilla guarantees its forecourt appeal.
Apart from its Rambo qualities, the tick box approval for active families looking for safe, leisure, school run, and business travel wrapped into one vehicle is easily met. The original Range Rover, making its debut as far back as 1970, proved that genuine off-road capability can be matched to a luxury saloon style mile-gobbling ride. In this regard the Discovery 2 pays tribute to its great grandfather of four generations ago even though, as its smaller cousin, it is targeted to a different kind of customer.
Apart from the highly refined ride the Discovery 2 , courtesy of a redesigned suspension package, comes standard with seven seats. These seats are not ‘after-thoughts’ either, but genuinely comfortable and accessible, and when raised still allow 160 mm of adjustability for middle seat passengers resulting in no compromise all round comfort. When folded you have 689 litres of easily accessible boot space, leaving no excuse for leaving behind the kitchen sink.
You may, however, be inclined to leave behind your husband as there’s quite a lot of peace and tranquillity in that rather plush cabin. It’s clean and simple to the eye, yet housing the full gambit of technology. The higher up the Disco model hierarchy you go, of course, the better the equipment spec. We suggest you go as high as your money will allow; it starts with the SE then through to SE Tech, HSE, and HSE Luxury; a ten grand price tag separates the SE from the HSE Luxury, but the latter lacks nothing and will prove a better value option on resale or trade-in.
Early models were only offered with the 2.2 litre SD4 engine, but the one to go for is the latest 2.0 litre Turbo Diesel on the Disco 2. It achieves 139g/km CO2 over the 162 g/km of the 2.2 litre diesel, and better fuel consumption too – 53.3 mpg compared to 46.3 mpg of its predecessor. The benefits of a 9-speed semi-automatic transmission remain, contributing to responsive yet economical mid gear range performance and highly refined high geared/low revs long distance cruising capability.
In this latest and best Discovery, genuine off-road capability, combined with both people carrying and luggage versatility, impressive economy, and a wonderfully refined drive make this all-purpose Land Rover the best in its class.
Base Price: £43,000 | Engine: 2.0L TD4 Diesel | Engine Type: DOHC, turbodiesel | Max Power (hp): 180 | Max Torque (Nm /rpm): 430 / 1,750 | Transmission: Automatic 9-speed | Emissions: EU5 | CO2 EU Combined (g/km): 139 | Fuel consumption - Urban mpg (L/100km): 44.8 (5.3) | Fuel consumption – Extra urban mpg (L/100km): 60.1 (3.9) | Fuel consumption - EU combined mpg (L/100km): 53.3 (4.4) | 0-60 mph (sec): 8.4 | Top Speed: (mph) 117
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