REVIEW: 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport



The Discovery Sport was Land Rover’s response to luxury SUVs like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but it went above and beyond in creating a vehicle that’s much more than just a comfortable ride with the best in tech. Unlike its less adventurous competitors, the Discovery Sport can actually handle going off-road. 

Drivers in Albany who are shopping for the ultimate in comfort and performance should test drive the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport to get the full experience, but here’s our review for a glimpse of what it offers:

Safety
The Discovery Sport features some superior safety systems meant to assist drivers in times of uncertainty or unavoidable distraction, because sometimes a split second can be the difference that saves lives. In addition to the standard active and passive safety features you’d expect, it comes available with a trio of driver assistance features that might sound new to you. The first is the Driver Condition Monitor that sends you an alert if it detects signs that you might be drowsy behind the wheel, and the second is a Speed Limiter that senses when the speed limit has changed and prompts you to adjust your maximum speed. Lastly, it comes with the option for Lane Keep Assist, which uses a forward-facing camera

Features
The base model – the SE – is equipped with push-button start, partial leather interior, power front seats, smartphone connectivity, and USB charging ports in the front and back seats. For your entertainment, it also has a 10-speaker audio system, premium infotainment, 8-inch touchscreen display, and Bluetooth technology. Upper trim models come standard with leather seating and full panoramic sunroof.

Because there’s never enough options in life, the Discovery Sport also has available heated seats and steering wheel, premium audio, adaptive suspension, navigation system, voice command, and heated windshield for those New York winters.

Performance
The 2017 Discovery Sport has a 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 9-speed automatic transmission and a Haldex all-wheel-drive system for power that seamlessly shifts from front to rear where needed for maximum control and stability. What makes the SUV shine off road is its All-Terrain Progress Control that lets you select from the following settings: General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. The system orchestrates the engine, transmission, differentials, and chassis to optimize for whatever the road ahead holds.

Styling
If you want an SUV that will stand out on the road, you can opt for the Dynamic Design Package of features on the HSE and HSE LUX models. Premium styling features include integrated tailpipes, 20-inch gloss black wheels, black exterior trim, and updated front and rear bumpers. Inside, the package gives you contrasting stitching on the seating, deluxe interior trim, and metal pedal covers. 

Pricing
Starting at $37,695
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