For those who find the Land Rover Evoque a bit small, the Freelander 2 a bit old and the Range Rover too big and expensive, there’s now an alternative – and one we got to drive through a very cold and snowy Iceland.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the first model to come out of the new Discovery family. It offers compact sports utility vehicle proportions, stylish looks and a heavy dose of practicality from £32,295.
Like the rest of the Land Rover family, the Discovery Sport is more than happy wading through water, driving up 45-degree slopes and cruising along snowy roads, thanks to a number of clever computer systems that help with traction and tried and tested four-wheel drive.
The thing has seven seats, the rearmost of which can be folded away when out of use to let you fully utilise a cavernous boot. In addition, the rear seats can recline heavily or be slid forward for even more space for things. You can even spec to have an optional folding front passenger seat.
Admittedly the 2.2-litre SD4 diesel (the only engine available at launch in January 2015) could be a little more efficient, but it pulls nearly two tonnes effortlessly – especially with the rather talented ZF 9-speed automatic taking care of gears.
We managed to survive a blizzard and just about every other natural hurdle Mother Nature could throw at us as we drove across Iceland, which is great because otherwise the following video review wouldn’t exist. Or our written review, for that matter.
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