Winter 2014/2015 we started to explore the new Land Rover Discovery Sport. Winter 2016 has not yet happened that the Discovery Sport is already receiving a deep mechanical modification by receiving Ingenium engines. The rest does not change.
Outwardly, there are what makes the image of a Land Rover vehicle: strength and elegance. For me, this new contact makes me appreciate a little more these lines. Less “fashion victim” than a Range Rover Evoque, so big that RR Sport, the Discovery Sports monkey cleverly lines while offering them an effective compromise in size. In fact, it has the right size (4m60): not too big to not be able to go anywhere and enough to install four adults very comfortably on board and a generous 541-liter boot (as long as you do not turn it into 7 places ). The equipment and interior layout are satisfactory although on this point from a pure quality standpoint, an Audi Q5 or BMW X3 do better but also sad in the presentation.
Discovery Sport Ingenium TD4 180 AWD – intéirieur © Nick Dimbleby
The new diesel engine Ingenium 180 hp replaces the old 2.2L 190 hp original PSA. This new 2.0L offers 430 Nm more torque from 1750 rev / min. Despite the presence of a 4×4 transmission and automatic transmission, CO2 emissions are just 139 g CO2 / KM. A flattering score that allows it to be struck than € 250 from € 2,200 penalty against the old block before with 190 hp. Do not think that you will pocket the difference as this new engine raises the note of € 1000, your savings will amount still to 950 euros. A good point!
Discovery Sport Ingenium TD4 180 AWD © Nick Dimbleby
Our test route has walked us outside London: hesitating between motorways, country roads and national. We have identified a consumption of less than 6L / 100km (5,8L): Ingenium proving that the new engine delivers. Better, it shows remarkably quiet. The automatic transmission has a tendency to choke to operate at the lowest possible diet but approval is still very present especially for those times that “sport”, you can switch to manual mode with paddles behind the wheel.
From a pure dynamic point of view, this will be a bit Discovery Sport distanced on the road by its German rivals. But there’s something more: an English DNA. Again, it’s a Land Rover, which means it will almost everywhere! Snow, sand, mud, river: the off-road transmission of this Discovery Sport is a model of efficiency as we have seen in a 4×4 test. In some passages, German competitors could pass without the watch to follow. In the end, this versatility is reassuring everyday.