What’s the story?
Mark Saville drives the new Discovery Sport off-road around the testing tracks at Eastnor Castle, to find out if its any good and how it compares to both the Freelander 2. The Disco Sport shares many components with the Evoque from the B-pillars forward, but the multi-link rear suspension is totally new. How will it perform?
Our favourite bit?
The new rear suspension certainly makes the Disco Sport much more agile over the rough stuff than the Evoque. My favourite bit is the interior, it’s a much more spacious place to be and to get in and out of than either the five or three-door Evoques. Best of all though, the off-road ride is much more controllable and less bouncy than the ultra-soft Freelander 2.
And the verdict from LRO writer Mark Saville?
The Disco Sportis a nice vehicle to drive off-road. The controls feel familiar and very similar to the Evoque. However, I think it’s too expensive. No doubt the company will sell shed-loads of them, but it would need to be about five or 10 thousand pounds less before I could justify buying one.
Model: Discovery Sport HSE
Engine: SD4 2.2-litre diesel
Transmission: Nine-speed ZF auto, four-wheel-drive
Tyres: 235/55R19 Continental Cross Contact AT