Not long after Malaysia reopened for business in May, we took a couple of Land Rovers out for the weekend and was pleasantly surprised at the changes they’ve undergone in leaps and bounds.
First, there was the Evoque and then this, the Land Rover Discovery Sport; a more compact, more accessible younger brother to the full fledge and frankly, not-so-good-looking Discovery. It has undergone a nip and tuck on the outside but more importantly, the aging interior architecture has been given a refresh to usher the Discovery Sport into the new decade.
You get a redesigned front grille, slimmer headlamps, along with sportier front and rear bumpers bestowed by the R-Dynamic exterior package. Once inside, you’d immediately realise that the Discovery Sport has arrived in 2020; with tech-laden panels and displays elegantly placed on the dashboard just like the Velar and Evoque. Unlike the more expensive Evoque, the Discovery Sport even gets a massive panoramic roof!
This is where the Discovery Sport falls slightly short and it’s sitting under the front hood. It’s a 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine, with 200 hp and 320 Nm of torque, paired a 9-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Such meager figures certainly took the edge off what was otherwise a rather positive weekend in the Discovery Sport, to say the least.
The Discovery Sport 5+2 we reviewed is priced at RM399,809.10 and is inclusive of Sales Tax Exemption. If you prefer the 5-seater model, it’ll set you back RM370,325.31. Both will be sold with the R-Dynamic exterior finish.