Review: Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover is in the midst of revamping its entire line-up and results have been mixed so far. A recent test drive of the refreshed Range Rover Supercharged left a lot to be desired—the ride was sluggish and felt bulky at best, but it did boast an incredibly lavish interior. Whereas, my time in the updated Evoque was wholly enjoyable. Here, we step into the Discovery Sport, which replaces the LR2, to see how the rest of the line-up is looking.
The Discovery Sport looks quite similar to the Evoque. That’s not a bad thing, unless, of course, you’re not a fan of the sloping windshield and tight roofline that creates its distinctive silhouette. Its bulkier backend doesn’t quite give it a sleek finish, but that’s easily overlooked since this Rover has a go-anywhere attitude built into its DNA. If you’re actually taking this thing off road, then it’s just fine to not be the prettiest machine on the block.
What I Liked
Much like the Evoque, the 2015 Discovery Sport perfectly balances daily driving with high speed and off road pursuits. Not surprising since it shares the same 2.0L turbocharged engine that’s capable of 240 HP.
What I Didn’t Like
The dial. I tried to like it. In fact, I initially enjoyed it on the Evoque. But, after a week in the Discovery Sport, my tune changed. The dial I speak of is the gear selector. It rises from the console when the Discovery is fired up and is turned to select the gear. It’s kind of cool at first, feeling like something out of a futuristic film. But, after a while it becomes a little frustrating. My biggest complaint is that I wasn’t able to shift from Drive to Reverse as quickly as I like to; the dial just doesn’t allow it, which isn’t enjoyable when that shift is required.