The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a completely new vehicle, which is here to replace the now defunct LR2. It shares a lot of similar attributes with the Range Rover lineup, but keeps the size manageable and the cost more affordable.
With Land Rover making the Freelander too small and the LR2 lacking in ride comfort, latest technology features and space, it seemed as if the brand was losing its touch, but then comes along the Discovery Sport and things seem better again. With all this crossover has to offer, it’s bound to be a serious threat to its competitors, including the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, BMW X3 and top-trim versions of the Jeep Cherokee and GMC Terrain.
No matter which angle you observe it from, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a delight. If it looks a bit familiar to you, don’t be surprised – it’s meant to resemble the Range Rover Evoque. The similarities start with its thin LED headlights that converge at the rectangular, cage-like grille right below the name of the vehicle – Discovery. The grille is complemented by the Land Rover logo, which is right off to the side – an unusual decision as far as we are concerned. Below that are the vehicle’s fog lights, which look surprisingly neat when they light up. The rear side of the crossover boasts the rich and handsome Land Rover is known for thanks to its circular taillights and a neat display of the model’s name between the cargo window and the licence plate.
Inside the vehicle you will find a clean, sleek, luxurious and handsome cabin, though you may be put off by how little space it has. Adding a third row of seats is especially detrimental to the experience since it’s not spacious for anyone but small children. The cargo area also becomes significantly compromised. So, if you need a proper three-row vehicle, then the Discovery Sport may not be for you. Other than that, the seats are very rich in material and comfortable, giving the driver and passengers a great experience on the road overall. The centre console includes an infotainment system, with functions that are easy to use and understand.
Under the hood of the 2016 Discovery Sport is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which can push 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, while being connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Despite being a heavy and sizeable crossover, the Discovery can reach 100 kilometres per hour in about 7.3 seconds, which is fantastic.
Land Rover has made a great choice by going with a new name and design for this model year. There aren’t any obvious reasons why this compact luxury crossover wouldn’t do well. So, if you can afford it, definitely check out the Discovery Sport.
2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport
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Rating: 8.3 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|2.0 HSE AUTO 4WD 5dr SUV (2016.5)||$46,790||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 HSE LUXURY AUTO 4WD 5dr SUV (2016.5)||$50,290||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2.0 SE AUTO 4WD 5dr SUV (2016.5)||$41,790||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Fuel Type||Premium Unleaded|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||4X4 Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
You might think that the Land Rover badge mainly applies to rugged off-roading ability, at the expense of on-the-road handling; but with the 2016 Discovery Sport that’s no longer the case. The new Disco Sport performs and handles with a verve that’s characteristic of car-based crossovers, yet those off-road chops are there when you need them.
Like the Range Rover Evoque, the Discovery Sport depends on turbocharging for its power. The initial powertrain combination for the Discovery Sport is a 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct injection for efficiency, balance shafts for smoothness, and a paddle-shifted nine-speed automatic companion for gas mileage. The nine-speed can launch in second gear for smoothness, or first gear when acceleration demands it. It's capable of skipping gears for more efficient shifting.
Read more at The Car Connection.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
Inside, the design looks and feels serious and business-like at first glance—with the horizontal dash and vertical centre stack laid in with the stiffness of a T-square. But what might seem a little too stark and simple soon shows itself to be refreshingly straightforward, and an elegant contrast to the soft, contemporary exterior.
All the knobs and dials have soft-touch surfaces where it matters. The dash cap is nearly flat once it passed over the binnacle of gauges. The centre console intersects it in a perfect pair of chrome uprights. Climate controls are the same LCD-capped knobs that work so well in the Jaguar F-Type.
The front console has an electric parking brake as well as a single main control item—the electric-car-like rotary controller that rises to the shifting occasion from its piano-black surround.
Read more at The Car Connection.
Standard safety features on the Discovery Sport include Trailer Stability Assist, Tow Assist, and Tow Hitch Assist, as well as automatic headlamps and rain-sensitive wipers. That’s in addition to a full roster of airbags, including knee airbags, side curtain bags, and thorax bags.
It also offers some active-safety technologies that allow it the ability to potentially help keep you out of trouble, or at the least, to lessen the severity of an accident.
In the Discovery Sport, the so-called Autonomous Emergency Braking system uses stereo cameras to help detect objects. It will allow complete stops—following a warning chime and visual warning—when obstacles are detected at speeds below 32 mph; and it can mitigate impacts at speeds below 50 mph.
The Sport also will offer lane-departure warning systems, parking assist with perpendicular parking, trailer-sway control, and automatic headlamps.
Read more at The Car Connection.
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|Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted|
|Audio system with AM/FM radio, digital radio, CD player touch screen and colour screen|
|Audio Connectivity: includes input AUX jack front and USB front|
|Chrome/bright trim on side of body and on bumpers|
|Electronic hand brake|
|4 disc brakes (4 ventilated)|
|Electronic brake distribution|
|Cornering brake control|
|Brake assist system|
|Painted front and rear bumpers|
|Charges: Air Conditioning Tax $ 100.00|
|Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,575.00|
|Front and rear reading lights|
|Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror|
|Driver modes includes engine mapping Eco Mode|
|1 12V in cargo area and front|
|Vehicle start button|
|Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming|
|Remote control trunk/hatch release|
|4 passenger assist handles|
|Smart key: ; includes keyless start|
|Cargo area light|
|Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 1,021, rear headroom (mm): 984, front leg room (mm): 1,068, rear leg room (mm): 999, front shoulder room (mm): 1,458 and rear shoulder room (mm): 1,431|
|4X4 specifics: approach angle (degrees): 25.0 and departure angle (degrees): 31.0|
|External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,589, overall width (mm): 1,894, overall height (mm): 1,724, ground clearance (mm): 212, wheelbase (mm): 2,741, front track (mm): 1,621, rear track (mm): 1,630 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 11,600|
|Cargo capacity(in litres): rear seat down: 1,698, all seats in place: 813 and third row seats removed: 813|
|Body colour exterior door handles|
|Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged|
|Rear door: lifting gate|
|Engine: 2.0L Si4 in-line four-cylinder with VVT|
|Emissions data: CO2: 5,083 kg/yr|
|Power: 240 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 250 ft lb of torque @ 1,750 rpm|
|Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 11.9 ; highway= 9.0 ; combined= 10.6 ;|
|Performance: maximum speed (km/h): 200, acceleration 0-60 mph (secs): 7.8 and acceleration 0-100 km/h (secs): 8.2|
|Fuel tank: 70 litre capacity|
|Fuel system: gasoline direct injection|
|Fuel: premium unleaded ( 91 octane)|
|Multi-function display screen 8.0, touch screen and 2|
|Low tire pressure monitor displays pressure|
|Main dashboard display|
|Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range|
|Luxury trim: alloy/leather on shifter, on centre floor console on center floor console, alloy on doors, alloy & leather on dashboard and none|
|Daytime running lights|
|Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens halogen|
|LED brake lights and rear lights|
|Door entry light|
|Headlight control with dusk sensor|
|Remote keyless power locks ; includes power windows and automatic locking|
|2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats|
|Driver knee airbags|
|Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for centre|
|Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger|
|Front side airbags|
|Intelligent driver front airbag, intelligent passenger front airbag with occupant switch off|
|Front to rear curtain airbags|
|Front seat centre armrest|
|Rear seat centre armrest|
|Front driver seat and Front passenger seat : bucket with 4 power adjustments ; details: power height and power tilt|
|Rear seats: split-folding split bench with seating for three ; details: manual recline and manual fore/aft|
|Seating: 5 passengers|
|Seat upholstery: cloth|
|Intermediate service 16,000, 12 and variable distance/period|
|Power steering type|
|Leather multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment|
|Cupholders in front row and rear seats|
|Dashboard console with open storage, full floor console with covered storage|
|Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, independent rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs|
|Transmission: 9-speed automatic w/manual mode ; incl. paddle shifters|
|Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) stability control|
|Electronic traction control|
|3.750:1 axle ratio|
|Roll stability control|
|Terrain type selection includes TR/ESP adjustment|
|Terrain Response full-time 4WD drive with descent control and crawl control|
|Air conditioning with automatic control, dual-zone|
|Ventilation system with cabin filter and automatic recirculation|
|Passenger seat secondary ventilation controls|
|Powertrain type : combustion|
|Trim level: SE|
|Version information 22 Oct 2015|
|Front and rear power windows with 2 express|
|Driver and passenger fixed 3rd row windows|
|Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable with indicator lights|
|Electrically foldable mirrors|
|Rear side windows: wind-up on driver side and passenger side|
|Rear window with defroster and intermittent wiper|
|Rear view mirror|
|Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor|
|Privacy glass on rear and rear side|
|Paint warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km|
|Roadside assistance warranty: 48 months/ 80,000 km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km|
|Warranty powertrain - Total: 48 months/ 80,000 km|
|Warranty whole vehicle - OEM: 48 months/ 80,000 km|
|Warranty powertrain - OEM 48 months/ 80,000 km|
|Anti-corrosion warranty: 72 months/ Unlimited km|
|Weights: gross vehicle weight (kg): 2,505, published curb weight (kg): 1,748, gross trailer weight braked (kg): 907, gross trailer weight unbraked (kg): 750, payload allowance (kg): 757, Manufacturer’s own, 2,575 and 907|
|Front and rear alloy wheels: 18"x 8.0"|
|Front and rear all-season tires 235/60/V|
|Spare wheel: spacesaver with steel rim|