Land Rover Discovery Sport Ingenium Review
Car Tested: Land Rover Discovery Sport Ingenium; Road Test No. 863
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 51.63 – 67.99 lakhs
The Discovery Sport is one of the most capable and tough SUVs in its segment
I had my first tryst with the then-new Land Rover Discovery Sport in 2015. The model we tested had the older 2.2-litre diesel engine in the lower 150 PS state of tune. I came out very impressed with this SUV and later on when I did some hardcore off-roading in the same car during the Land Rover Experience, my admiration for the Discovery Sport only increased. Now, Jaguar Land Rover have discontinued the old 2.2-litre engine and in comes the new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, that also powers the XE, XF, Evoque and F-Pace. We drove the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport with the Ingenium engine to check out the difference in its performance.
Motor Quest: The Land Rover Discovery Sport is actually a replacement for the erstwhile Freelander. It is available with a petrol engine along with a diesel engine that comes in 2 states of tune. The SUV is very potent in its off-road behaviour too.
Exteriors – On the cosmetic front, there are absolutely no changes to this model. The styling elements on the SUV remain completely the same. The Discovery Sport looks like a proper SUV thanks to its rather intimidating design. The front fascia carries a bold look which is accentuated by the beautiful LED DRLs. The side profile has simple styling but that doesn’t mean that it looks bad. At the rear, you get LED tail-lights which have a funky design. The Discovery Sport is available in a number of colours and you can even get the roof in the contrasting black shade which adds to the looks. The Land Rover also has very good road presence.
Interiors – The interiors have also been carried forward from the older model and there are no changes. The dashboard has a very functional design although it slightly lacks the finesse and premium feel of German SUVs. The black and beige layout makes the cabin feel airy while the seats are generously big in size and offer very good comfort. Outward visibility is excellent thanks to the large windows and the driving position is very good. The rear seat also has good space but things are quite bad in the third row, where space is extremely limited and best suited for kids.