This is the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport. It’s a hybrid SUV that’s ideal for the school run – especially if the school in question is half-way up a mountain. Here’s everything you need to know.
Price and specs for 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport
hybrid technology included across almost the entire range
Price and release date
from £31,575; available to order now
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2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport price and release date
The updated Land Rover Discovery Sport is available to order now with prices starting at £31,575 for the two-wheel drive diesel manual. Prices quickly rise, however, with the most powerful R-Dynamic petrol models in top trim costing nearly £50,000.
2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport styling
The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport is based on the previous model. However, there have been lots of changes both mechanically and visually to help boost its appeal. The most obvious updates are at the front, where a redesigned grille and light cluster brings the car more in line with the look of the bigger Discovery. The lights and bumpers at the rear of the car have been updated too. Thankfully, unlike the full-fat Discovery, the Sport doesn’t have the OCD-aggravating off-set rear number plate.
2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport specs
Equipment grades for the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport start with the Standard model and then move up through S, SE and HSE trims. You can also spec S, SE and HSE versions of the sporty R-Dynamic models.
Back in the good old days, a Land Rover was considered high-tech if the radio worked. Today, though, the 2019 Discovery Sport gets the firm’s Touch Pro infotainment system as fitted to the new Range Rover Evoque and Velar. This includes a 10-inch high-definition touchscreen that’s both Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible. There’s also a 12-inch digital driver’s display that replaces analogue dials with a sharp digital screen and you can also upgrade to a second touchscreen below the main central screen to operate the heating, ventilation and the drive settings.
Some of the smart tech that was seen in the new Evoque makes its way into the 2019 Discovery Sport, including the Clearsight Ground View system. This uses cameras in the front grille to project a live image onto the central touchscreen, showing a 180-degree view of what’s ahead and underneath the car. This can help you negotiate tricky terrain in the wilderness or let you check if you’ve just run over the pet cat. Also from the Evoque is the smart rear mirror, which at a flick of a button turns the mirror into a high-definition display showing the image from a rear-facing camera. Handy if you’ve got a bunch of six-footers blocking the view out the back.
Owning a Discovery Sport is like being in a long-term relationship: the longer you spend with the car, the better it gets to know you. The 2019 Discovery Sport uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn your habits over time. The car can set up the seat and steering wheel position before you get in. And, over time, it will also learn your preferred temperature settings, media preferences and commonly dialled numbers depending on the time of day. Don’t worry – it won’t start nagging at you if you leave the top off the toothpaste.
Reversing with a trailer requires quite a bit of practice, as you have to steer in the opposite direction you want your horsebox to go. But the Discovery Sport’s optional Advanced Tow Assist feature takes all the skill out of the process. You just show it where you want your trailer positioned and the car does the hard part – the steering – enabling even the most inept parker to look like an expert HGV driver.
2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport engines
If you want diesel power for your 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport, you can get a 2.0-litre engine with 150, 180 or 240bhp. Prefer petrol? Well, there’s a choice between a 2.0-litre with either 200 or 250bhp. All but the 150bhp two-wheel drive diesel car get a 48-volt mild hybrid system to help fuel economy, reduce emissions and provide electric-only driving at low speeds. And all hybrids, both diesel and petrol, get a nine-speed automatic gearbox and come with four-wheel drive.
Land Rover will launch a plug-in hybrid Discovery Sport later in 2019. Few details about this model have been revealed but you can expect it to have around a 30-mile range when using electric power only. And, in combination with its combustion engine, you could see a Land Rover that’s capable of over 100 miles per gallon.
2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport off-road ability
Land Rover’s legendary off-road capabilities aren’t diminished in the 2019 Discovery Sport. Sure, you can get a two-wheel drive car, but for the full Land Rover experience, plump for a four-wheel-drive model. You’ll get the Terrain Response 2 system, which allows you to choose between four modes depending on the conditions: Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow and Mud & Ruts. It also has an Auto mode that chooses the appropriate mode for the situation. Clever. And you can still do all the things that Land Rovers do so well, like climbing and descending steep slopes and wading through water up to 60cm deep.
2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport seats
One of the great things about the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the fact it’s a seven-seater. However, even Land Rover admits those in the third row are quite cramped compared to in a Hyundai Santa Fe or Skoda Kodiaq. The middle row is very good, though, and can split 40-20-40. It can also slide back and forth to help provide a little more room to the poor sods in the back, or crush their legs entirely if you are feeling extra mean.
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