Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Compact Discovery Really Is a Good Sport

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Compact Discovery Really Is a Good Sport

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THE baby Discovery has been with us for a while now - and it was somewhat overshadowed (in more ways that one) when its much bigger brother was launched a few months later.

However, a week at the wheel of our test car, the revised for 2018 Discovery Sport SD4 HSE, showed that the compact SUV is, in fact, a really grown up motor.

The first surprise is that, despite its modest external proportions, the Disco Sport is a full-sized seven seater - with the third row rising at just the pull of a strap to reveal seats big enough for two adults to travel in comfort. Definitely a USP over rivals like the Q5 and X3.

And the dashboard layout and quality is not too far behind the full-fat Disco, while it is a much easier vehicle to live with sizewise and a lot cheaper to buy - starting from just over £30,000 for the base level model.

Which is why - thanks to her brand new Evoque still being in the dealers awaiting a replacement exhaust filter, and her getting a full-size Disco as a courtesy car - when the Supreme Being spotted the smaller Sport on the driveway she made a beeline for it, leaving yours truly to 'manage' in the £75k top-spec big Land Rover - nicer problems to have!

And she felt right at home inside as the Discovery Sport is pure upmarket Land Rover. The climate controls and switchgear are all taken from the Evoque and a high level of equipment is standard, including heated seats, partleather upholstery, climate control, alloy wheels, Bluetooth connection, an easy to use sat nav and DAB radio.

That's SE trim but then there is SE Tech, which adds automatic lights and wipers and a power (gesture) tailgate. Our car's HSE trim also boasts full leather upholstery, electrically adjustable seats, a reversing camera, panoramic sunroof and keyless entry, then above that there is HSE Luxury with heated and cooled front seats, rear heated seats and self-parking. …

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