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Lease a Land Rover Discovery Sport Diesel Sw 2.0 eD4 Pure 5dr 2WD [5 seat]

  4.7 | 4 customer reviews
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Technical Data
Transmission Manual
MPG Combined 49.6
CO2 149 g/km
Fuel Type Diesel
0 to 62 mph 10.4 sec
Standard Options
Air Con
Alloy Wheels

Ten Second Review

Land Rover reckons that this Discovery Sport is the most versatile premium compact SUV currently on sale - and it's a credible claim. This is, after all, the only prestigiously-badged car in this segment that can seat seven. It's also smart, practical, safe - and rugged enough to go a lot further than its rivals off the beaten track. Plus a state-of-the-art range of 'Ingenium' 2.0 TD4 diesel engines offer class-leading power and efficiency. It all means that there's nothing else quite like this car.

Background

The Land Rover Discovery never did sporty at all well. It had a vast array of other qualities that put it right near the top of the family 4x4 tree but on-road dynamics were never one of its big draws. If you wanted a car that handled a bit better, you graduated to the Range Rover Sport, a car that shared plenty of the Discovery's underpinnings but which featured suspension that was geared a little more to the keen driver. Now there's another option. If the Evoque isn't big enough and a Range Rover Sport is just too expensive, why not try the Discovery Sport? Brought into the range to pension off the Freelander and featuring 5+2 seating, pricing that looks sensible, an efficient range of 'Ingenium' TD4 diesel engines and some very sharp styling, it looks another instant winner from Land Rover.

Driving Experience

On to engines, which are Land Rover's advanced 2.0-litre four cylinder Ingenium TD4 units, shared with the Range Rover Evoque and designed to deliver improved efficiency, along with class-leading torque and power. The most affordable TD4 unit in the range comes with 150PS and 350Nm of torque, but it's only offered with this car in five-seat form. Here, 62mph from rest occupies 11s on the way to 112mph. Most though, will want the 180PS variant which comes only with the seven-seat layout and delivers a much lustier 430Nm of torque. Here, there's a maximum speed of 117mph, while 62mph from rest takes 9.4s, though you can reduce this figure by a second if you take up the option of the slick nine-speed ZF auto gearbox many owners will want. More importantly, this variant has enough pulling power to permit a towing capability of up to 2,500kgs when the optional Tow Pack is fitted. Both the TD4 powerplants come mated exclusively to 4WD. This, by the way, is a proper permanent set-up rather than the less effective 'on-demand' AWD system that this car's less capable competitors use - and which Land Rover itself offers on this model in other markets.

Design and Build

Even if you'd never seen a picture of the Discovery Sport, you could probably generate a reasonably accurate mental sketch of it were you to imagine crossing a Range Rover with a five-door Evoque. It's a really handsome piece of design work that instantly makes even a good-looking rival like the Volvo V60 look old. It also serves to make the conservative Audi Q5 look positively lumpy. The wheels are pushed nicely to each corner and there's that distinctive canted forward C-pillar profile that became such a Freelander signature. Land Rover describes the seating arrangement as '5+2' rather than a full seven-seater: that's because the rearmost seats are designed largely for kids and occasional use. The middle row of seats can be reclined, slid back and forth by 160mm, and also splits 60:40. They're also 5cm higher than the fronts which affords a good view out. Boot space measures a useable 195-litres with all seats up, but the Discovery Sport is likely to spend most of its life in five-seat mode, in which case you get a massive 830-litres. Fold both second and third rows and you can carry up to 1,698-litres.

Market and Model

In the Freelander era, there was always quite a price gap between Land Rover's compact and full-sized SUVs. Part of this Discovery Sport's remit is to narrow that, this car there to push the brand's compact SUV offering up-market, which in turn makes room for the company's new-generation Defender model to slot in beneath. That explains pricing that sits in the £33,000 to £43,000 bracket for mainstream models which are powered by the brand's latest 2.0-litre TD4 'Ingenium' series diesel engines. There's a choice of two - a 150PS unit you can only specify if you're happy to have this car in five-seat form with a manual gearbox. Or a 180PS unit that only comes with the seven-seat layout and provides the choice of either manual transmission or a nine-speed automatic that's offered at an £1,800 model-for-model premium. Across the range, buyers are offered the choice between four trim levels - 'SE', 'SE Tech', 'HSE' and 'HSE Luxury'. Whatever your choice, all variants come with permanent 4WD. As for equipment, well entry-level 'SE' trim gets you part-leather seating, climate control, a heated windscreen, cruise control, and the inControl Remote. This last piece of kit allows you to access all sorts of vehicle information via your smartphone. You can find your way back to the vehicle, check if the windows or doors are open, check fuel level and range, and even summon emergency assistance if required.

Cost of Usership

There are two units on offer, both mated to permanent 4WD. The 'E-Capability' 150PS version is inevitably the cleanest and most frugal, managing 129g/km of CO2 and 57.7mpg on the combined cycle. Most buyers though, will want the TD4 engine in pokier 180PS guise, where the CO2 figure is 139g/km and the fuel return is 53.3mpg. Impressively, those figures apply to both manual and automatic variants. This means that the 65-litre fuel tank should give you a touring range of well over 700 miles. As for residuals, well Land Rover's in a real run of form at the moment and demand for clean used Evoques is buoyant. There's no reason why the Discovery Sport shouldn't follow in that vein. If you thought an Audi or a BMW were the safest places to put your money in this sector, it's time to think again.

Summary

Once again, Land Rover has looked at a market that many thought was packed to bursting point and spotted a significant gap, into which it's parked the Discovery Sport. What other car of this kind can seat seven, set off in the Serengeti and slot right in as easily in Sloane Square as it will in the tightest multi-storey carpark space? No other premium compact SUV can do all this. Which is why this model is going to cause all kinds of headaches for similarly-priced up-market contenders of this kind sold by Audi, BMW, Volvo and Lexus. Discovery Sport buyers can get all the style and class of such cars with the additional versatility of seven seats, a feature that'll also attract the attention of people who'd previously have had to settle for something Korean like a Hyundai Santa Fe or a Kia Sorento. You get extra off road prowess with a Discovery Sport too, though it's not quite a match for its German rivals if you want to throw your car around on-tarmac. Fortunately, most SUV buyers don't, prioritising instead the kind of supple highway ride and fast fluid responses this car is actually very good at delivering. It all means that for once, the advertising tagline for this model works for the product it's supposed to promote. 'Above and beyond' was the objective in developing this car. In considering the end result, you'd have to say that mission's been accomplished.

CO2 (g/km)
149
HC
Not Available
Noise Level dB(A)
71
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1999
Compression Ratio
15.5:1
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
92.4
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Gears
6 SPEED
Number of Valves
16
Transmission
MANUAL
EC Combined (mpg)
49.6
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
67.3
EC Urban (mpg)
51.4
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Badge Power
150
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
eD4
Coin Series
Pure [5 Seat]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
24E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
6
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
93
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
83
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
69
NCAP Safety Assist %
82
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
24
Service Interval Mileage
21000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
120
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
105000
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
10.4
Engine Power - BHP
150
Engine Power - KW
110
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
280
Engine Torque - MKG
38.8
Engine Torque - NM
380
Engine Torque - RPM
1750
Top Speed
112
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
Tyre Size Front
235/60R18
Tyre Size Rear
235/60R18
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style
5 SPLIT SPOKE - STYLE 518
Wheel Type
18" ALLOY
Height
1724
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4599
Wheelbase
2741
Width
2069
Width (including mirrors)
2173
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
54
Gross Vehicle Weight
2380
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1698
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
981
Max. Loading Weight
578
Max. Roof Load
75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Minimum Kerbweight
1802
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.67
Lane departure warning system
Dipping rear view mirror
Heated door mirrors
Centre stack side rails in ebony painted
Solid paint
Air conditioning
Cirrus morzine headlining
Leather steering wheel
Ambient lighting
Interior mood lighting
18" 5 split spoke alloy wheels - Style 518
Tyre repair kit
Are the cars brand new? Yes.
Where do I pick up my new car? You don’t – we’ll deliver it to you, free of charge.
Will it have a warranty? Yes – a full manufacturer’s warranty.
Will I need to have a credit check? Yes.
Will I be charged for mileage? Only if you exceed your agreed mileage allowance.
Will I be charged for damage? Only if the damage exceeds “fair wear and tear”.

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