New diesel heart sees Land Rover Discovery Sport all pumped up

PUBLISHED: 17:01 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:01 16 October 2015

New 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine is a big deal for the Land Rover Discovery Sport which good to drive and capable off-road.

New 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine is a big deal for the Land Rover Discovery Sport which good to drive and capable off-road.


An all-new turbo diesel engine has boosted the appeal and cut the running costs of Land Rover’s new Discovery Sport, says Matt Kimberley.

What’s new?

It’s not the only thing that’s changed about the 2016 model-year Land Rover Discovery Sport but the all-new Ingenium diesel engine, in place of the 2.2-litre engine, is a big deal.

Looks and image

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Price: Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0D 180PS HSE Luxury, £43,000 (range £30,695 to £46,000)

Engine: 2.0-litre, 180PS, four-cylinder turbodiesel

Transmission: Nine-speed automatic driving all four wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 8.4 seconds; top speed 117mph

MPG: 53.3 combined

CO2 emissions: 139g/km

Give up trying to find the visual differences – of far greater import is the shiny, new, youthful image of the Disco-Sport. It’s a family car – up to seven seats – with a little more focus on style rather than utilitarianism.

Not that the Sport can’t handle a few rounds in the ring with The Wild. This mud-plugging test car is wearing road tyres – it’s really rather capable.

Space and practicality

You can get five-seat versions but that almost wastes the hard work done by the engineers with the rear suspension which adopts a clever (and expensive) new design that frees up space inside the body without compromising handling or sturdiness. With all seven seats in place there’s hardly any luggage space but, while this 4.5m car is a marvel of packaging, it’s no Tardis.

Behind the wheel

The Ingenium 2.0-litre turbo diesel is so much quieter than the old 2.2 with lots of torque when you put your foot down. The Sport is too heavy to feel fast but it’s brisk enough, and rides phenomenally well for the class.

Jaguar Land Rover’s collaboration with ZF on the nine-speed automatic gearbox is worth a mention, too. First emulates a low-range gearbox for mud-plugging, but ninth lets it sit at 70mph at well below 2,000rpm to benefit fuel economy. The shifts are so seamless you don’t mind it hunting round ratios on hilly roads.

Things haven’t really changed inside the still-young Landie, with large, practical buttons easy to press even with thick gloves on.

Value for money

If you want a compact seven-seater that can tow medium-weight loads on slippery or rough surfaces, it’s a bargain.

And the new engine comes with CO2 outputs as low as 129g/km, making the benefit-in-kind bill £75 a month cheaper for a 40% taxpayer than the 2.2 was. This is a big step in the right direction.

Who would buy one?

It makes all the right noises as a lifestyle statement, backed up by off-road ability and towing capability, and it has the right badge and heritage.

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