There is a new kid on the Land Rover block, with quite a familiar name. From 1989 to 2005, the Land Rover Discovery held court as the very capable, budget-friendly kin to the more expensive, and luxurious, Range Rover. I’ll never forget the day I drove my Army green 1995 Land Rover Discovery off the lot. Although the vehicle was 10 years old at the time, it had been maintained meticulously and the truck certainly fit my outdoor lifestyle well.
In 2005, Rover dropped the Discovery label and began adopting alphanumeric names for models here in the U.S. market. The Discovery became the LR3 (and eventually the LR4) and the compact Freelander was renamed LR2. The LR2 replacement—even as that model will be sold for at least one more year—is now called the Discovery Sport and is every bit worthy of the name. While not as beefy as the original Discovery, the new Disco Sport, certainly feels a bit more like a Land Rover should. Available third row seating, and increased cabin room make the Discovery Sport attractive to a wide audience. The 240-hp engine, designed and built by Ford, won’t wow you off the line, but once the turbocharger is unleashed, the Discovery Sport opens up to 251 lb-ft of torque. With a base of $37,995, the price point sits just under the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5.
Ironically enough, my weekend affair with the Disco happened to come over the snowy Mother’s Day we recently experienced. As expected, this vehicle performed in a dominant way through the slushy, wet roads. Land Rover stepped up their game by replacing the LR2 with the Discovery Sport. For more information on the Discovery Sport, please visit LandRover.com, or stop by Land Rover Flatrions in Superior to see one up close and personal.