Discovery Sport is the new generation version launched by Jaguar Land Rover India. Among the variants in its lineup, Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 HSE Luxury 7S is the high end trim. A commanding 2.2-litre SD4 motor powers this SUV. It is paired with a nine speed automatic gear box that makes gear shifting an easy task. On the highways, it can return a fuel economy of around 12.51 Kmpl and can attain a top speed of nearly 188 Kmph. The automaker has offered it with several vital aspects that add to the safety quotient. Some of these include seat belt warning lamp for all seats, power operated child locks, child seat ISOFIX anchor points, hazard lights under heavy braking and so on. Its availability with numerous practical features ensures enhanced comfort throughout the drive. This list comprises of two zone climate control, rear parking aid, navigation system, rear seat entertainment, electrically adjustable front seats and many more. On the outside, it comes with a chrome plated radiator grille that is flanked by adaptive xenon headlamps. The attractive set of 18 inch alloy wheels give a stunning look to its sides, whereas the bumper, tailgate and a spoiler are all present in its rear end. Meanwhile, inside its plush dual tone cabin, there are well cushioned seats, and some utility based components that add to the convenience.
It has a robust body with stunning looks that can make any viewer spellbound. Various remarkable aspects are equipped to it, which are not just useful, but also adds to its overall appearance. The key attraction in its front facade remains the large and aggressive radiator grille featuring two slats. It is plated with chrome and surrounded by a well designed headlight cluster. This is integrated with adaptive xenon headlamps and turn indicators. Also, there are LED daytime running lights that makes it more stylish. The 'DISCOVERY' lettering as well as expressive lines make its bonnet quite captivating. Then, there is a bumper fitted with a pair of fog lamps and an air dam. On the sides, its B and D pillars are painted in black color, and it also has stylish outside rear view mirrors. The pronounced wheel arches are equipped with a set of nine split spoke, 18 inch alloy wheels. High performance radial tubeless tyres are adorned to these rims, which give an excellent grip on roads. Also, a full size spare wheel is available with all other necessary tools for changing a tyre. On the other hand, its rear end features a windscreen with wiper, while the spoiler gives it a sporty look. The tail lamps surrounding its boot lid have an amazing design, whereas the bumper has a protective cladding beneath it.
The roomy cabin is designed with an excellent combination of colors, while the extensive use of chrome on few components just increases its elegance. To describe the seats, they are covered with 'Windsor leather' upholstery, which gives a plush feel. Those in the front row can be electrically adjusted in ten different ways, while they have 60:40 split folding facility in the second row. Besides these, the driver and co-passenger seat comes with memory function. Premium carpet mats are arranged inside, while a 12V accessory socket is present in the boot compartment. Coming to the cockpit, the smooth dashboard in a dual tone color scheme is integrated with some first rate equipments. The steering wheel is wrapped with leather and mounted with some control switches. It has rectangular shaped air vents, while the center console comes fitted with an AC unit and a music system. Other than these, it includes rear center armrest, overhead grab handles, convenience hook, map reading lights, and auto dimming interior mirror to name a few.
Engine and Performance:
This sports utility vehicle features a 2.2-litre, SD4 diesel engine under its hood. Its total displacement capacity is 2179cc with the help of four cylinders and 16 valves integrated in it. This motor is incorporated with a common rail fuel injection system. It can return a decent fuel economy of around 12.51 Kmpl on bigger roads and nearly 8 Kmpl within the city. The maximum power it can produce is 187.7bhp at 3500rpm and at the same time, it delivers a torque output of 420Nm at 1750rpm. Moreover, a nine speed automatic gear box is paired with this oil burner. Besides transmitting power to all its four wheels, it even aids in attaining a top speed of approximately 188 Kmph. Also, this trim can break the speed limit of 100 Kmph in just about 8.9 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
This high range variant has an advanced braking system wherein, both the front and rear wheels are fitted with disc brakes. To further boost this mechanism, it is accompanied by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. In terms of suspension, its front axle is affixed with a McPherson strut and an integral coil spring is used for the rear one. Meanwhile, the vehicle's handling is best ensured by its electric power assisted steering system, which helps in easy maneuverability irrespective of road conditions.
Utmost comfort is guaranteed in all the car models of this company and this one is no exception. This seven seater comes packed with an assorted range of aspects like cruise control, rear view camera, passive entry, front footwell and rear loadspace light, a center console with sliding armrest. The 2-zone climate control is an important feature that provides great convenience to its occupants. The advanced infotainment unit includes navigation system, eight inch color touchscreen display, CD and MP3 players. It also has navigation system and Meridian surround sound audio unit with a total of 17 speakers that delivers amazing sound output. Other features like Eco mode, Bluetooth connectivity, sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors, power windows, front and rear parking aid, sunglass stowage and many others enhances the comfort levels.
It is loaded with some of the best and most advanced aspects that guarantees maximum passenger safety. These include tyre pressure monitoring system, power operated child locks on doors and windows, electric brake force distribution, seven airbags with cut-off switch for passenger airbag, hill start assist, dynamic stability control, perimetric and volumetric protection. Aside from these, it also has child seat ISOFIX anchor points, reversing lamps, audible seat belt warning, two way adjustable front and rear head restraints, roll stability control and many others in the list.
1. Contemporary touch to interiors is quite good.
2. Advanced braking mechanism is a plus point.
1. Fuel economy is not satisfying.
2. Maintenance cost is high.