The Land Rover Discovery Sport is part of a SUV lineage that is legendary. This SUV is the entry level Land Rover on sale in India. The model that I drove was the updated 2019 Discovery Sport Diesel HSE Edition.The Discovery Sport is a well-balanced, good looking SUV with excellent finish and an imposing stance. The 2019 update gets the Dynamic Design Pack. This is being offered in the top end HSE Trim. One gets chrome tail pipes, and a recognisable body kit. Otherwise everything is like the previous model.
The first thing you notice as you get into the driver’s seat is how good the all-round visibility is from that position. This seating position offers you a fantastic view while driving, something you come to appreciate while tackling the dense traffic in Mumbai.
Lumbar, under thigh support is top class. The dashboard, the quality of the interiors, fit and finish is classy and premium. Leg, head and shoulder room in the second row is fantastic. 3 adults can be seated comfortably in this row. The seating position in the 2nd row is a little low compared to the 1st row which translates to more headroom here. The 3rd row is ideally suited for kids as the combination of a low seat and high floor means one would end up being seated in a cramped fashion. Boot space on offer in the Discovery Sport is 280 litres.
Another update to the 2019 model is in terms of the infotainment system. The SUV now gets the upgraded version of the Touch Pro Interface with a 10-inch display that’s available in the HSE Luxury trim. The rest of the variants get an 8-inch Display. The UI is smooth, fluid to use, going through the menu loaded with features is a smooth affair. The switchgear on the steering wheel and doors are premium in fit and finish.The Discovery Sport HSE trim I drove came loaded with features. You get a fixed panoramic roof, power adjusted heated power fold exterior mirrors, xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, 10-way electric front seats, a 17-speaker premium audio system, rear camera, front and rear parking sensors, screens for the rear seats, tyre pressure monitoring system, ABS , ESP, traction control and plenty of airbags.The engine on the 2019 Discovery Sport has gone through a major update. While it’s the same 2-litre Ingenium diesel engine, the power has gone up in the HSE edition. The SUV now puts out 179bhp of power, 30hp more than what is available in the entry level Pure variant.
As soon as you put the Discovery Sport into drive mode it takes off so swiftly making one forget that this is a 7-seater SUV! The steering is well balanced and light enough, making driving the Discovery Sport in the city an easy exercise. Getting to three-digit speeds is done with utmost ease on the highways. I drove the Discovery Sport over 4 days during this review in the city mainly.The biggest standout about the Discovery Sport is the quality of suspension and ride quality on offer. The quality of roads in Mumbai is pathetic post the monsoons, something we Mumbaikars dread every year! Potholes of every size and shape greet you while driving in the city. This can be a back breaking affair! But…This was no challenge for the Discovery Sport. The Discovery Sport handled these roads with utmost ease.
The 2019 Discovery Sport is a good looking, solid and premium SUV. It offers fantastic ride quality, drives and handles well in all driving conditions. This is a SUV that appeals to a buyer who’s looking for a comfortable and luxurious everyday city vehicle, as well for someone who likes to go off-roading on weekends.The Discovery Sport Diesel Pure edition 5-seater (base variant) is available for Rs 44.68 Lakhs ex-showroom, the Discovery Sport Diesel Pure edition 7-seater (base variant) is available for Rs. 52.47 Lakhs ex-showroom. Prices for the Diesel HSE Edition 7-seater starts at Rs.56.57 Lakhs ex-showroom. Prices for the Petrol SE 7-seater starts at Rs. 51.37 Lakhs ex-showroom.