5 Fast Facts: 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a premium, off-road, family crossover utility vehicle that shares design cues with its larger Range Rover sibling, including front running lights and a more rounded rear end. The Discovery Sport, which seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children, was all-new for the 2015 model year, replacing the LR2 in the Land Rover lineup.
For research on luxury compact SUVs, here are five fast facts about the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport:
1) Power comes from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine matched with a fuel-efficient 9-speed automatic transmission that makes 240 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard as is a Terrain Response system that has modes to drive through grass, gravel, snow, mud, and sand plus hill-descent control. Available advanced driver-assistance systems feature lane-keep assist, Driver Condition Monitor, autonomous braking, blind-spot monitor, park assist, and a surround camera.
2) The basic Discovery Sport is equipped with partial leather upholstery, power front seats, rotary shifter, and lots of USB charging ports. Heated and cooled seats plus a head-up display are options. The Sport comes equipped with the InControl Touch infotainment system and 8-in. touch screen or the Pro upgrade with useful App services such as trip planning, reservations, and a day organizer.
3) Three trim levels include: SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury. The HSE level adds a fixed panoramic moonroof, full leather seating, front and rear park-assist sensors, enhanced Xenon lighting systems, and a power tailgate. The top-of-the-line HSE Luxury adds an audiophile 11-speaker sound system, 19-in. 9-spoke wheels, mood lighting, upgraded leather, premium floor mats, and 3D navigation among features.
4) Discovery Sport seating is flexible with optional sliding second- and third-row configurations for seating 5+2 children. The second row also can be set up with a rear entertainment system. When the rear seats are folded, storage volume expands to 60 cu. ft.
5) The EPA estimates fuel economy to be 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. No crash test safety ratings are available yet for the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport.