The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire Edition 21: Oct/Nov 2015 - Page 20

REVVED UP LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORTTHE BENCHMARK SUV Like an ageing spinster at a mixed doubles tennis party the Land Rover Freelander has retired to the pavilion to be replaced by the bright young thing that is the Discovery Sport. Slotting nicely in between the mighty, all terrain conquering Discovery and the trendy urban Evoque, the Discovery Sport is something of a tour de force from the Land Rover stable. For a start, bearing in mind what you get for the money, it is very well priced. It can attend to many of the tasks usually handled by the full big brother whilst remaining very car-like in its comforts and driving dynamics. There are four trim levels to choose from and your Sport can be customised to suit. At the time of testing the Sport was still powered by the tried and tested, but elderly, 2.2L 187bhp (310lb/ft) diesel coupled this time with the recently introduced and totally brilliant ninespeed auto ‘box, available as an option. A six-speed manual is standard. By the time of publication, Land Rover will have introduced their new ‘Ingenium’ engine to this car which will make a major difference to economy and emissions. Even so, we saw fuel consumption of around 40mpg in some very mixed driving and emissions of 166g/km aren’t so bad. The interior fit and finish is as you would expect from Land Rover. Passengers were as one to say how comfortable the Sport was and we got a huge amount of stuff into the well-shaped boot. The lofty driving position gives a good command of the road and the technology is spot on. The big 8-inch touch-screen is clear and easy to use with navigation, DAB, climate and Bluetooth all simple to set up and use. Select the automatic, as in our test car, and you get a rotary gear selector that rises from the centre console. The Sport gets th