Examined: 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport
An attainable luxury model from Britain’s iconic SUV maker.
2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Consider the Discovery Sport your cost-effective Land Rover, the SUV you’ll want until you can afford a Range Rover. This five-passenger, all-wheel drive utility vehicle starts at under $40,000 and delivers a handsome product in an altogether tidy package.
When you think of “Land Rover” there is a pair of sub-brands or categories that may come to mind. The standard Discovery series includes two models: Discovery Sport and Discovery. The high-end Range Rover line now includes four models: Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Velar, and Evoque.
Even some of these models offer further differentiation with the flagship Range Rover presented in short- and long-wheelbase models. The Evoque is the outlier here, offered in two- and four-door body styles as well as a convertible.
2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport: Charting the Changes
The Discovery Sport was new as of 2015, replacing the previous Freelander, itself originally known as the LR2. Changes for 2017 include an all-new InControl interface, featuring a larger screen, sharper graphics, and quicker response times. You’ll also find a newly available Intelligent Dynamics pack, what brings in an adaptive suspension system and an active all-wheel drive system that sends power to two wheels for improved fuel economy.
The Discovery Sport features Land Rover’s recognizable honeycomb, two-slat horizontal grille. Positioned directly above the grille are the letters forming the word Discovery — the only indication that this model is the Discovery Sport is on the liftgate. Specifically, the SPORT badging fastened to the left of the rear license plate supplies the requisite cue.
Circular-themed headlights and tail lamps mark this model. Moreover, you’ll also find a narrow lower air intake, front and rear skid plates, front fog lamps, pronounced wheel wells, side vents, a rising belt line, and a sweeping roofline. A liftgate spoiler, rear fog lights, and dual exhaust tips bring up the rear. Also included are alloy wheels, power-folding heated side mirrors, and daytime running lights.
Inside, there is room for five, although this SUV is most suitable for four. The front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive; the rear bench seat features a 40:20:40 design — drop that center seat to access the storage compartment or use the armrest for just the two of you back there.
Speaking of the storage compartment, it measures 32 cubic feet or 66.9 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. Optionally, you can choose three-row seating, what brings in two extra seats for the little ones. However, this choice also greatly reduces the amount of standard cargo area space available. If you need seven seats, consider the Discovery.
Three Grades to Consider
The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in three trims: SE ($37,695), HSE ($42,195), and HSE Luxury ($46,595). Add $995 for the destination charge.
Standard equipment includes eight-way partial leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a center console with a sliding armrest, dual-zone climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, Go to the full article.