The Discovery Sport SUV from JLR India is the latest entrant in the country's automobile market. It is available in a few variants of which, Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 SE is a mid range trim. It is powered by a 2.2-litre TD4 diesel mill that has 2179cc displacement capacity. This is mated with a 9-speed automatic transmission gear box and generates 147.5bhp power and 400Nm torque. Moving to its features list, it is incorporated with various comfort aspects such as two zone climate control, music system with a touchscreen display, well cushioned seats with folding function in the rear, cruise control and many others. Look wise, its is simply amazing with a bold radiator grille at front and stylish alloy wheels on the sides. Whereas, the rear end is highlighted by radiant tail lamps and company's badge. Safety is best ensured in this, which is loaded with ABS, EBD, dynamic stability control, seven airbags, child locks, audible seat belt warning, dual tone horn, reversing lamps and many more.
What lures most of its buyers is their sporty exteriors, which is extraordinarily designed and equipped with remarkable aspects. At the front, there is an aggressive radiator grille featuring two slats with chrome finish. This is surrounded by a radiant headlight cluster that is integrated with xenon headlamps and turn indicators. Moreover, the LED daytime running lights further adds to its style. The windscreen is pretty large and equipped with a pair of rain sensing wipers. The bonnet looks decent with a few visible character lines over it. Whereas the well sculpted bumper houses a wide air intake section, which is further flanked by a couple of fog lamps. On the sides, it has body colored door handles, black B and D pillars. It has heated outside rear view mirrors that are power adjustable. Meanwhile, its wheel arches are fitted with an elegant set of 17 inch, ten spoke alloy wheels that are covered with high performance tubeless tyres. It also comes with a full size spare wheel along with all other tools for changing a tyre. Moving to its rear profile, there is a wide windscreen with a wiper integrated to it, while the boot lid is garnished with a chrome strip. Moreover, the luminous tail lamps, bumper, dual exhaust pipes and a high mount stop lamp are present in its rear end.
This mid range variant has alluring interiors that is elegantly decorated with a dual tone color scheme. Also, the chrome accentuation on a few elements highlights its appearance further. The seats are covered with partial leather upholstery, are designed to provide additional comfort as well as support. The second row seat is reclining, sliding and has a center headrest. Moreover, the 60:40 split folding facility is useful for making more space for luggage. The dashboard looks modernistic with sophisticated equipments like a leather wrapped steering wheel, center console and a music system. There are anchor points present in the boot compartment, while a 12V power socket is also offered at the back of center console. The cabin also includes cup holders, footwell lights, sunglass stowage, glove box, overhead grab handles, map reading lights, rear center armrest, floor and rear carpet mats.
Engine and Performance:
The automaker has powered it with a 2.2-litre, TD4 diesel engine that displaces 2179cc. Based on a DOHC valve configuration, it carries 4-cylinders and 16 valves. The common rail fuel injection system is integrated to it. This can return a mileage of about 12.83 Kmpl on the highways and 8.9 Kmpl within the city. A 9-speed automatic transmission box is paired with the motor, which transmits engine power to all its wheels. It can belt out a peak power of 147.5bhp at 4000rpm along with torque of 400Nm at 1750rpm. This can attain a top speed of approximately 180 Kmph and break the speed limit of 100 Kmph in nearly 10.3 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
The braking system is quite reliable wherein, both its front and rear wheels are equipped with a sturdy set of disc brakes. It is further assisted by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. In terms of suspension, a McPherson strut is affixed on the front axle, whereas the rear one gets an integral coil spring. This makes the drive smooth and free from jerks no matter how the road conditions are. On the other hand, it comes with an electric power assisted steering system that aids in vehicle's handling even in heavy traffic conditions.
Its availability with several comfort aspects make the drive quite enjoyable and hassle free as well. It has a two zone climate control that creates a pleasant ambiance inside. Both the sunvisors are integrated with illuminated vanity mirrors, while the heated rear screen is fitted with a wiper. Passengers can listen to their favorite music through an infotainment system, which has an 8-inch touchscreen display. It comes with 10 speakers and supports Bluetooth telephone connectivity plus streamed audio. One of the main highlights is the fixed panoramic sunroof that lets in fresh air and bright light. It has heated, power adjusted outside mirrors, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers as well. In addition to these, aspects like cruise control, rear parking aid, convenience hook, rear load space light, passive entry and a few others enhances the level of comfort.
Safety Features :
A long list of security aspects are loaded in this trim that keeps its occupants safe while on journey. It has roll stability control, hill start assist, reversing lamps, tyre pressure monitoring systemcenter high mount stop lamp, seven airbags with cut-off switch for passenger airbag, auto locking and crash unlocking system. Aside from these, it has perimetric and volumetric protection, road side assistance, dual tone horn, power operated child locks on doors and windows, child seat ISOFIX anchor points and hazard lights under heavy braking. There are three point seat belts available whose warning notifications are displayed on instrument panel. Furthermore, aspects like trailer stability assist, anti lock braking system, hill descent, emergency brake assist, electric brake force distribution, electronic traction and dynamic stability control, aids in its driving dynamics.
1. Attractive exterior aspects.
2. Safety standards are up to the mark.
1. Mileage needs to increase.
2. Price tag is quite high.