Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport is a sleek upgrade that’s distinct from the rest of its family. Not to be confused with its family hauler and adventure-oriented older siblings, the Discovery Sport is the British carmaker righting its past transgressions, particularly the not-so warmly received LR series. This new iteration is close in architecture to the Evoque and is set to replace the aging Freelander.
The first in the new family of “Discos,” this vehicle gives us a glimpse of the overall direction of Land Rovers in the future. Notable are its fast-dropping roof, high belt line, and lustrous, sporty contours. Off-road mastery and on-road composure are rooted in the Discovery Sport’s structural and engineering design, features that are deeply embedded in the heritage of Land Rover (32nd & 4th Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; landrover.com). It is equipped with a terrain response system with grass, gravel, snow, mud and ruts, and sand settings that give the compact SUV optimum traction in all forms of byways.
It achieves an agile and connected feel by way of its variable ratio power assisted steering, and its 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant mated to a nine-speed automatic is reassuring at any pace. With the capability to climb 45-degree gradients, hill descent control, 212 millimetres of ground clearance, and a class-leading 600 millimetres of wading depth, the Discovery Sport was designed to adapt to any environment its owner takes it to. With this SUV, veering off road may be exactly what you want to do.