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Feb 11

A big splash by the New Land Rover Discovery Sport

The figures tell the whole story when it comes to new car sales

What is it?

This time last year when Land Rover launched Discovery Sport it was a tough task but at the end of 2015, the sales figures told the whole story, it was success, a huge success.

Powered by frugal diesel engine mated with state-of-the-art nine-speed automatic gearbox, the Discovery Sport was sold in more than 50,000 examples globally. It is going to replace the outgoing Land Rover Freelander.

What kind of engine powers it?

Originally the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine was used which has now been replaced with Jaguar Land Rover 2.0-litre Ingenium engine with 150 and 180bhp. It’s the same engine that has been used in Jaguar XE saloons recently. The 2.2 was mated to six-speed gearbox and was a good engine but it lacked refinements.

To cope with demand, JLR’s Halewood production facility is working on three-shift programme to produce Discovery. The 180bhp unit is linked to a nine-speed automatic gearbox which takes 8.4 seconds for 0 to 60mph sprint and reaches 117mph top speed. It returns combined fuel economy of 53.3mpg and 139g/km of CO2 emissions.

What’s it like to drive?

As compared to some of its rivals the new Land Rover Discovery Sport could perhaps be more dynamic and involving. The high driving position, lack of feel through the seat and steering wheel makes this otherwise capable vehicle, somewhat, one that you would not take on twister routes. But the sales figure show that buyers are really not bothering about it at this level. With its capability to accommodate seven adults and practicality levels, its sales figure will swell in the future.

What’s the interior like?

The interior of the new JLR Discovery Sport is magnificent. There is plenty of space, the dashboard is well laid-out and very smart with new USB power sockets for the second-row occupants. The best thing about it is that it can slide and recline, giving the passenger more legroom or otherwise, boot space.

Even on the lesser versions, Land Rover is offering the two rearmost seats which is really appreciable.

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