Up until now, if you wanted a Land Rover on a budget, you could either get the tooly Evoque or the outdated LR2. Neither are really good cars to drive, and neither are really value for money (but then again, that’s not something you’d expect from a Land Rover). But, now you have a 3rd (and arguably better choice): The New Discovery Sport.
The Discovery Sport comes packing a turbo-charged I4, which produces around 240hp and 250 lb/ft of torque. It’s mated to a 9-speed transmission and a 4-wheel drive system. It’s basically an Evoque mechanically speaking. But that’s where the similarities end. The Discovery Sport is longer, wider, and taller than the Evoque, which means two things. One, it looks like a proper SUV and two, it’s bigger on the inside. The Discovery Sport comes with a 5-seat configuration standard and about 67 cubic feet of storage with the 2nd row folded. However, you could get it with two-more seats in the boot for transporting little children or people you don’t’ really like (obviously at the cost of storage capacity).
The Discovery Sport looks like a miniature Range Rover Sport, which is a really good thing because that car is stunning. It’s more muscular (masculine) than the Evoque and it actually looks a little intimidating, something you want from a Land Rover. On the interior front, the Discovery Sport once again draws from the Range Rover Sport. Seat’s look nice, as does the dash, and the 8in display. You select the gear with the knob located on the center console, the standard for Jaguar and Land Rover. Honestly, I don’t like the concept of the knob-shifter but it does reduce clutter around the wheel, so it’s not always a bad thing.
The Discovery Sport is also a proper Land Rover, which means it’ll go through almost anything without a hiccup (yes, that includes almost 2ft of water). It comes with drive select for a plethora of conditions, 2 displays, parking assist, pushbutton, and much more standard. And with a few more ticks on the order sheet, you could get premium sound, self-parking, and a bunch of other neat toys.
So the Discovery Sport is basically a miniature Range Rover Sport. It’s better than the Evoque, in my opinion, in everyway. And it is also reasonably priced, starting at $38,000 for the base SE, compared to the $42,000 for the base Evoque. You can opt for the HSE or HSE Lux editions for more money and get Xenon headlights, a power tailgate, keyless, and much more. But with the generous standard equipment, the base SE is not a bad deal at all. Expect more when deliveries begin sometime next year.