Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Full Netball Team Welcome

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Full Netball Team Welcome

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Grant Edwards

FOOTY trips are rarely remembered for luxury and serenity. Yet the hour-long journey was achieved without ruckus, complaints or shenanigans...albeit aided by the fact we didn't stop at any watering holes and everyone kept their pants buckled.

Luckily it was a family sojourn, but with six on board within the Land Rover Discovery Sport it was an outing with a difference.

The Disco Sport has been around for a couple of years, but this was the first time we'd sampled its "5+2" seating configuration.

It's a rare beast, with mid-sizers restricted to five seats. Honda is about to launch a seven-seat version of the CR-V, Nissan has a version of the X-Trail which can handle a netball team, but no other premium offering caters for the extended family.

Costing an additional $2050, and $1180 if you want to give them third row air-con vents, it becomes a genuine seven-seater for about $70,000.

Value

Devil is in the detail...or in this case the option list.

Bespoke is all the rage, and premium marques are more than happy to satisfy the appetite.

There are packs and variances of all persuasions; metallic paint is an extra $1340 if you don't want white (premium metallic is $2680), panoramic sunroof is $1850, illuminated aluminium tread plates are $790 and an upgraded entertainment pack including television is $3850.

Basic safety gear is solid including lane departure warning abd rear view camera, but you have to dig deep for the top-notch gizmos which are suddenly becoming prevalent on mainstream offerings.

For example radar cruise control is $1410, head-up display costs $1550, while blind spot and reverse traffic detection is $1180.

Standard gear is still plush, with leather trim, two-zone air-con, power tailgate, eight-inch touch-screen and a 10-speaker Meridian sound system with full bluetooth connectivity.

On the road

Ride and on-road finesse is outstanding, aided by tyres which have a reasonable wall (rather than optioning the massive rims with low profile sporting rubber). …

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