If you’re looking for information on a newer Land Rover Discovery Sport, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review
Finding a compact crossover packed with luxury features, advanced safety tech and serious off-road capability is no easy task. Really, your options are limited to Jeep, GMC and Land Rover. Which is why we’re excited to take a closer look at the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport.
With a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission, the Discovery Sport HSE model doesn’t feel very quick at first. There’s a bit of turbo lag. But once you get moving, there’s enough power. The engine can also sound a little buzzy at times.
We like Land Rover’s Terrain Response System, which allows you to call up various profiles to manage many driving conditions, whether you’re cruising down a wet highway, slogging through mudholes or taking corners on sandy dirt roads. The on-board systems make micro adjustments as you drive, so the handling is fantastic.
With a minimum of 8.3 inches of ground clearance and a wading depth of 23.6 inches, you should have no problem crossing most creeks or big puddles to make it to your favorite camping spot.
Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control make the most of the Discovery Sport’s ability. And you can take your toys (boat, camper) with you — thanks to Trailer Stability Assist, the Discovery Sport can tow up to 4400 pounds with confidence. See the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport models for sale near you
Inside, even the base model has several option packages available so you can have some say in just how luxurious your Discovery Sport is. Though nice-looking, we don’t think the interior is quite up to Land Rover standards. However, popular options include a 17-speaker Meridian sound system, multizone climate control, a heated steering wheel and windshield, as well as heated front and rear leather seats.
There’s plenty of legroom in the back seat for adults, but the optional fold-flat third row is best for kids. And the fixed panoramic moonroof keeps the cabin feeling airy and sophisticated.
As for cargo room, you’ve got options, with a 3-way split rear seat that slides and reclines. And the Gesture Control lift gate is perfect for loading groceries or sports gear or prepping for an epic tailgate party.
Techwise, the InControl Touch Pro infotainment with navigation is feature-rich, keeping you connected to your favorite apps and music. The available 3G hotspot and InControl Remote and Protect app keep you connected on the road or at the office. And your friends and family will appreciate six charging ports throughout the cabin.
We also like that there’s a heads-up display to help you keep your eyes on the road, and a driver-condition monitor to alert you just in case you doze off at the wheel.
In the end, the Discovery Sport is really a way to get into a Land Rover without spending your annual salary on a car. It’s good-looking and capable for sure, but we suggest a test-drive in a Jeep or GMC first. Just to make sure. The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport’s real appeal depends on how much you value the Land Rover name.