If you’re not familiar with Land Rover’s lineup, it’s always great to start at the bottom and work your way up. It all begins with the 2016 Land Rover Discovery. It’s a five plus two passenger compact SUV that balances the brand’s off-roading heritage and luxury finely. The Discovery is also the newest nameplate for the brand and it’s meant to replace its predecessor the LR2. This refresh shows that the British automakers are looking towards the future and have honed in on a design that prospective customers and fans of the brand can enjoy.
The exterior doesn’t draw attention to itself with overtly sharp edges or a flashy front grille. Instead, it opts clean lines that flow from the front that flows up to give the Discovery a well-proportioned look. The Discovery we drove was presented in a Kaikoura Stone grey with black accents throughout. This gave the SUV a more aggressive look, an aesthetic that would certainly appeal to younger new car buyers.
On the road, you’ll be pleased by its smooth drive and its quiet cabin. You’ll also take comfort in knowing that there are different driving modes that are ready to accommodate to your environment. Under the hood is a 2.0-litre Si4 turbocharged engine that produces 240-horsepower with 240-lbs of torque. This one-to-one ratio delivers a balanced distribution between power and torque helps move the Discovery when it comes to carrying heavier loads. Although, a lag in the turbo was certainly felt and it takes a lighter foot to prevent any accidental burps from happening.
When you get inside the interior of the Discovery, you’ll find it to be straight forward and to the point. We appreciate the different textures that have gone into the dashboard, steering wheel, and the shifter knob. It definitely feels premium inside the cabin. The selling point has to be the fixed panoramic room, which gives the Discovery an open air feel, sort of like a loft with high ceilings. Most of the passengers we had inside were disappointed that it couldn’t open but we referred them to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.
Learn more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport here.