£72k gets you seven seats, six cylinders and the biggest grille in the business
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The Top Gear car review:Land Rover Discovery Sport
For:Versatility, impressive off-road talent and lovely interior finish
Against:Far from the cheapest in its class
What is it?
The not-before-time replacement for the Freelander. The Land Rover Discovery Sport uses the Evoque’s chassis architecture, but has a brand new rear suspension design that’s specifically been incorporated to allow the packaging of seven seats as standard in every model. This in itself is a major selling point, but its boosted further here by strong design language and Land Rover’s brand image which takes the Disco Sport further upmarket.
Just a year after launch there’s been a huge change for the range: out goes the old 2.2-litre TD4 engine and in comes JLR’s new 2.0-litre TD4 ‘Ingenium’ motor. This is the one the car’s been crying out for. So, is it any good…?