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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/2/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a new model that will replace the LR2.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a compact all-wheel-drive luxury SUV with seating capacity for up to seven passengers. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 240 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque, the Discovery Sport uses a nine-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is respectable for the class at 20/26 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Land Rover's new design language, which first appeared on the Range Rover Evoque, has spread to other vehicles in the lineup and the Discovery Sport is the latest iteration. Like the Evoque and larger Range Rovers, the 2015 Discovery Sport has a striking appearance thanks to its stylish exterior, which is available with a roof that's painted in a contrasting color to the body.

The 2015 Discovery Sport's sexy exterior doesn't come at the cost of interior volume with plenty of room for four adult passengers; however, the available third row is tight even for children. Cargo space is generous with up to 66.9 cubic feet of volume when the second and third rows are folded. Land Rover's infotainment system remains a weak point despite its new head unit due because its functionality lags behind competitors such as BMW and Audi. Additionally, while the interior is constructed mainly of leather and soft plastic, it doesn't have the same level of quality as other vehicles in Land Rover's lineup.

On HSE models, buyers can opt for the Driver Assist Plus package, which adds lane departure warning, lane departure warning, and autonomous emergency braking. The Vision Assist package adds blind spot warning with closing vehicle sensing and rear cross-traffic alert.

Off-road capability is a Discovery Sport strong point and as with all Land Rover vehicles, this SUV is able to go virtually anywhere thanks to its generous ground clearance, all-wheel-drive system, Terrain Response system, hill descent control, and a properly tuned nine-speed automatic transmission.

What We Think

The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a capable luxury SUV that's able to tackle even the most treacherous conditions. In a First Drive review, we said that the SUV has the go-anywhere capability synonymous with Land Rover vehicles but found the interior isn't up to par with other Land Rover products with leather and soft plastics that "feel medium-quality." Interior space is generous for four adults but the available third row is extremely cramped and nearly uninhabitable even for children. Although the Discovery Sport's infotainment system is improved, it remains "second tier" and isn't up to par with the competition in terms of functionality, especially when using the maps in the navigation module.

You'll Like

  • Distinctive exterior styling
  • Go-anywhere capability
  • Decent-sized cargo capacity

You Won't Like

  • Infotainment system isn't up to par with competitors
  • Interior's material quality
  • Tight third row seating

Key Competitors

  • BMW X3
  • Lexus RX
  • Audi Q5
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class
  • Acura RDX

Rating

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