2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Evaluation, Rankings, Specs, Costs, and Pictures
Final yr, Land Rover fitted a brand new engine to the Discovery Sport and tuned it to straightforward and high-output trim. It’s very shut in output to the prior engines, and matched to a well-tuned 9-speed computerized.
The Disco Sport additionally will get greater than its needed share of off-road expertise, in comparison with most of its rivals. We give it some extent for every of those, and find yourself at a 7 for efficiency. (Learn extra about how we fee vehicles.)
The two.0-liter turbo-Four that powers all Discovery Sport crossovers changed a Ford-built unit. The Land Rover engine’s nearly precisely the identical in displacement, and in base 237-horsepower, 251 pound-feet trim, almost equivalent in output (the previous engine had 240 hp). The engine’s additionally discovered within the Evoque—and it’s additionally provided in a high-output 286-hp trim, the place it instructions greater than $6,000 additional.
We haven’t been in a position to drive a Disco Sport with this engine, however given its energy output and our check drives in different Jaguar Land Rover merchandise with the identical engine, we’ll conclude for now that it’s a powertrain in want of a bit extra refinement, but it surely’s one with ample acceleration, reaching 60 mph in about 6.9 seconds, and a prime velocity of at the very least 124 mph. Excessive-output fashions spurt to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and prime out at 142 mph.
The identical holds true for the Disco Sport’s 9-speed computerized. We haven’t sampled this set up, however within the Evoque and different Land Rover merchandise, it shifts extra easily than some 9-speeds from the identical supply (as a consequence of programming and calibration) and might be switched by way of drive modes than alter shift patterns for snow, sand, and dirt.
With a curb weight of about 4,000 kilos, the Discovery Sport doesn’t really feel like a heavyweight. It’s as nimble as an extended, tall crossover SUV might be, because of aluminum physique panels and a powertrain mounted to subframes. The suspension’s composed of entrance struts and a number of hyperlinks on the rear, and it’s mixture that retains the Discovery Sport well-planted with out too coarse a trip. Variable-ratio electrical energy steering has a large on-center spot and dials down on the help, so it tracks nicely on interstates, however suggestions is off the menu.
The Discovery Sport’s normal all-wheel drive lets it scramble over most small obstacles and thru trails with out an excessive amount of fuss, however the off-roading isn’t of the economic energy you’ll discover in a Discovery or a Vary Rover.
The Disco Sport has 8.three inches of floor clearance, and strategy and departure angles of 25 and 31 levels respectively; a Subaru Outback isn’t far off these numbers, however the Disco Sport will wade by way of almost two toes of water. It’s greater than reasonably succesful, actually greater than any driver will problem on the maintained path as much as a weekend cabin.
For different conditions, the Discovery Sport’s traction-management system adjustments differential lockup, steering weight, throttle and transmission tuning to accommodate mechanical wants for various traction circumstances—snow wants low-speed takeoffs, sand wants high-speed wheelspin at instances. The Discovery Sport can deal with all these with its Terrain Response program; it’s straightforward to drive, because of its intelligent engineering, despite the fact that it lacks a low-range switch case.
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