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Refreshing or Revolting: 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/10/2014 Karla Sanchez

The all-new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport just debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show earlier this month, and although it isn't a direct successor to the LR2, the new Rover essentially fills the outgoing off-roader's spot in the U.S. lineup. With that said, we can compare the two to determine whether the Discovery Sport is refreshing or revolting next to the LR2.

Up front, the Discovery Sport gains Range Rover-esque design language with slim wraparound headlights that flank the two-bar grille. Unlike the LR2's boxier front end, the Discovery Sport looks sleeker thanks to a raked front fascia and an aggressive lower valance with a skid plate that mimics the Evoque. While the Discovery Sport dons the familial badging on the front edge of the clamshell hood, it doesn't say "Land Rover" as found on the LR2. Instead, it gains its own personality with the "Discovery" lettering across the front end. Since the wheels have been pushed out to the corners, the Discovery Sport appears more "planted" with a wider and more powerful stance than the LR2.

From the side, the Discovery Sport features a bulbous rear end compared to the LR2's flat rear. There's also more curve to the roofline, which slopes down toward the rear on the Discovery Sport. Moving back, the LED taillamps have the same wing-like design as the headlights as they wrap around the rear quarter panel. More Range Rover styling cues here include a rear skid plate flanked by exhaust pipes.

Inside, the Discovery Sport boasts a much more luxurious environment with upgraded materials. Some elements that lend to a more premium appearance include a three-spoke steering wheel and the Range Rover's rotary shifter. A newly designed center stack looks cleaner and more modern with the deletion of buttons and knobs, while the display screen has been set deep in the dash.

Do you think the Discovery Sport will do a good job of filling the hole that the LR2 will leave once it's axed from the lineup? Or does it look too much like the Range Rover lineup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Front Side View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Front Side View

Last week's installment of Refreshing or Revolting was all about the 2015 Honda CR-V, which really made a good impression on some readers, though it didn't seem to make much of an impression at all on some others.

matthewpiccolo was a big fan, saying "Refreshing. This is what the CR-V should have been when it was released back in 2012. This is exactly what Honda needed.""Besides the accord, this is the best use of honda's new design language. Refreshing," said broodwatch .

"Refreshing! Love it, Honda is on a roll. Best CR-V yet" said RESgw.

Those who didn't care for it included Mantisman51, who said "Neither. It wasn't particularly good or bad before and it isn't better or worse now."

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