The Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 HSE 7S is among the two top end variants of this SUV. It is graced with a lengthy list of features for its interior and exterior cosmetics, along with its comfort aspects. The vehicle is powered by a 2.2-litre TD4 engine that is equipped with a turbocharger for enhanced performance. This takes it to a top speed of 180 Kmph, and allows it to reach 100 Kmph in 10.3 seconds, which is remarkable for its size. Coming to the insides, there are plush design elements along with utility functions that help to make the ride pleasant and stress free. There are storage compartments by the front passenger fascia, center console and glove box. Cup holders allow holding beverages during the drive. Cruise control makes for strain free driving. Parking aids are present for the front and rear, and a rear view camera further improves the safety quotient. The SUV carries many notable exterior features such as stylish wheels, intricate headlight clusters, an attractive front grille, and a glossy color coating. Its design includes balanced proportions, with a length of 4600mm, a height of 1724mm and a width of 2173mm.
Like any SUV, it has a broad and muscular stance, but its appeal is boosted with the presence of plush elements. The highlight of its frontage is a wide grille arrangement, which is further enhanced with a pleasant atlas silver finish. On either side of this, there are stylish headlamps, which have been incorporated with automatic lights and daytime running lights. The visibility function is further assisted with fog lamps at the bottom. There is a wide air intake at the bottom, which helps in cooling the engine and also adds a dynamic touch to its look. There are recovery hooks for this variant both at its front and rear. The wide hood has sweeping lines that give a visually appeasing look. Its front windscreen is laminated and made of toughened glass, which also has a pair of rain sensing wipers. The side profile has a streamlined poise, and is further improved with clean curvatures and a subtle body line at the bottom. Its wheel fenders are delicately designed, and the slide fender vents come in an atlas silver finish. Beneath the fenders, there are large wheels with neatly designed rims. Then there are body colored door handles that blend into the overall image well. The outside mirrors come with an attractive black cover, and there is a glossy black appliqué on the window frames and the roof edges. The overall figure is perfected with a huskier rear portion. The tail light cluster comes along with courtesy lights and turn indicators. The dual exhaust vents add a distinctive touch to the look.
The insides have been laid out with ergonomic skill, ensuring apt space and comfort for all its occupants. The seats are stitched with fine upholstery with headrests for all rows, providing support to the head and neck. The tamber lid has a glossy black finish, and the noble plated C pillar adds an expensive touch to the interior look. Besides comfort, the cabin is also suited for utility with anchor points by the luggage compartment, a center console with a sliding armrest, along with numerous visible stowage compartments throughout the cabin.
Engine and Performance:
It is armed with a 2.2-litre TD4 engine, which consists of 4-cylinders, and displaces 2179cc. The performance is bolstered with a turbocharger and power is channeled through a 9-speed automatic transmission. It yields 148bhp at 4000rpm together with an impressive torque of 400Nm at 1750rpm.
Braking and Handling:
For braking necessities, there are strong discs along with high performance calipers. Meanwhile, the suspension is secured with a McPherson system at the front axle and an integral coil spring at the rear. In addition to this, the company has also provided a range of techno aids for promoting control. Firstly, there is the anti lock lock braking system, along with the electronic brakeforce distribution, both of which regulate control when braking and cornering. The braking process is further improved with the electric parking brake and the emergency brake assist. For safety on sloping terrains, the manufacturer has given it a hill start assist, along with a hill descent control and a terrain response system as well. Beside all of this, there is also a dynamic stability control, a roll stability control, an electronic traction control and a trailer stability assist as well. The electronic power assisted steering system relieves hassle for the driver.
A navigation system eases the driver's burden, while for added assistance, there is also a TFT based driver information unit, which gives out vital information through a five inch color display. An advanced Infotainment system provides quality entertainment, and its working is enhanced with an 8-inch touchscreen. Bluetooth connectivity is another engaging feature, for it allows to stream music through enabled devices, and to host calls within the car as well. Besides this, the cabin provides a 12V power socket for the second row and the boot as well, allowing occupants to charge devices within. There are front down lighters, along with front footwell lights for added convenience. The steering column comes with a manual 4-way adjustment facility. It also has a 2-tone climate control, illuminated vanity mirrors, a heated rear screen, a central opening/closing function for windows, map reading lights, loadspace cover, convenience hook and overhead grab handles.
There are seven airbags in all, protecting the front passengers, their knees, body sides, along with the second row passengers as well. Three point seatbelts further ensure that they are kept secure. There is an audible seatbelt warning for the driver seat belt. For the special safety needs of children, there are child seat ISOFIX anchor points along with power operated child locks for the doors and windows. A dual tone horn is present to alert nearby vehicles. In addition to all this, this vehicle is also secured with a perimeter alarm, a passenger airbag cut off switch, reversing lamps, a central high mounted stop lamp, auto door unlocking facility during a crash, and hazard lights during heavy braking.
1. Attractive outer format.
2. Comfortable interior arrangement.
1. Its price range could deter buyers.
2. Safety aspects can be improved.