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An SUV to marvel at

The Land Rover Discovery Sport in the everyday test. The entry-level model from the off-road brand is convincing?


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The Land Rover Discovery Sport amazes when you open the trunk for the first time: because it is surprisingly large. Almost 80 centimeters high and in a five-seater configuration with a loading volume of 963 liters, it is also suitable for large-scale shopping without folding down the rear seats. The Brit can even be equipped with a third row of seats for an extra charge of CHF 1,440. So the SUV is always suitable as a transporter for family, luggage and other things.

The entry-level Landrover also wants to amaze with its appearance. This is strongly based on the larger and more expensive models from the company’s own series – and with success: the Discovery Sport is in no way inferior to its larger brothers – and looks much more elegant than the basic price of 49,900 francs (D150 AWD) would suggest . However: The test car with complete equipment and top engine is over 80,000 francs.

The most powerful engine in the SUV is a 2-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In addition, the Discovery Sport received a 48-volt electrical system including mild hybrid components with the facelift. So he can already switch off the engine when rolling below 17km/h, which helps to save fuel. However, the drive caused astonishment in the negative sense in the test: the factory consumption was already high at 9.3 l/100 km, in the test it was a good liter more. Measured against the technical effort, that’s too much despite almost two tons of unladen weight and 250 hp – especially since the drive doesn’t look very lively on the road.

The Discovery Sport convinces with good suspension comfort, effective noise insulation and a comfortable seating position, which makes it a good companion on long journeys. The optional Meridian sound system with ten loudspeakers is recommended as the acoustic icing on the cake. This once again amazes with clean sound quality and voluminous bass.

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