Land Rover have picked up the award for the 2015 Northern Car of the Year for the second time in 3 years, this time with the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Back in 2013, the region’s pre-eminent motoring journalists, members of the Northern Group of Motoring Writers, placed the Range Rover at the top of the poll; but this year it was the Discovery Sport that took the accolade.
Land Rover's Tracey Tompsett was delighted to receive the award of a suitably inscribed genuine miner’s lamp from Group chairman Steve Teale and the organiser of the ballot, Alan Domville, at the seventh northern test day for automotive writers organised by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders at Wetherby racecourse.
The car isn't new to awards, having picked up the 2014 What Car? Best Large SUV and Safety awards, and with a new and updated Discovery Sport on the horizon, it won't be the last time we see it on the podium.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the stylish and luxurious replacement for the Freelander, but it is so so much more than the Freelander ever was.
With its initial design having a firm footing in the Range Rover Evoque, the Discovery Sport offers not only a comfortable and enjoyable ride, but also offers up an extremely large interior, with most models offering a seating configuration of 5+2 seating configuration and around 1700 litres of maximum boot space. There's a lot of storage space in various places throughout the cabin and also up to four 12V power points and six USB charging sockets that can be specified for all three rows of seating.
The Evoque comparisons continue inside when you look at the materials used to furnish it and the layout too of the dashboard where accessibility is key for all of the impressive standard equipment that includes climate control for the first two row of seats, with cruise control, a heated windscreen and partial leather seats as well as an 8" touchscreen infotainment system to make sure that everything is organised and exceptional
Powered by a new, British-built 2.0-litre four-cylinder aluminium TD4 Ingenium diesel engine (that replaced the originally launched 2.2-litre SD4 engine in September 2015), the Discovery Sport offers lower emissions, better economy and notably less noise than before.
The EU6 compliant Ingenium engine is available with two power outputs, 150PS and 180PS. The new 150PS derivative in its five seat set-up provides fuel economy of up to 57.7mpg and CO 2 emissions from 129g/km, whilst the TD4 180PS in its standard 5+2 configuration delivers 139g/km and 53.3 mpg on the combined cycle. And on the road, the drive is fun with the car easy to handle - even off-road when it uses a four-wheel drive system identical to the Evoque linked to Land Rover's excellent Terrain Response system.
Safety is a priority too, with the Discovery Sport featuring a first-in-class pedestrian airbag, driver knee airbag, side curtain and thorax airbags, autonomous emergency braking, and a state-of-the-art bodyshell that contains both ultra-high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium.
The Discovery Sport also features a full suite of active and passive safety systems, including Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control, Roll Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking Systems, Reverse Traffic Detection, Emergency Brake Lights, Lane Departure Warning and Seatbelt Reminders. And all of this has resulted in the Land Rover Discovery Sport being awarded the maximum five star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
Launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux features a number of exterior enhancements to the existing model, including Narvik Black exterior details, body-coloured mouldings and door claddings, new interior colours and detailing, and 20” Gloss Black wheels.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer said: “The Discovery Sport Dynamic has been created to heighten the design appeal of the Discovery Sport. Gloss black is a key accent colour differentiator on the exterior, while the use of body coloured bumpers and door claddings emphasise its on-road, sporty presence. With the launch of the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux, we are offering our customers greater choice in the look and feel of their vehicle.”
Along with all the fantastic specifications that you get with the Land Rover Discovery, the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux adds in some extras to help with the journey.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is available to lease from Nationwide Vehicle Contracts.