2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Lux - Four Seasons Introduction

Miles to Date: 1,200

Rory JurneckawriterRobert Kerianphotographer

Out at our California office, the Four Seasons fleet was starting to look a little, well, impractical. See, living in the land of constant sunshine means that it's the ideal place to begin life with some of our sportier Four Seasons vehicles. The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club showed up about the same time as our 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, a replacement for our recently departed 4C Coupe. Sure, our existing Four Seasons GTI could be considered practical, especially as ours is the four-door variant. But we needed another vehicle capable of hauling more than two people and a couple overnight bags. And gee, something a little more rough and ready than our sporting trio couldn't hurt. But what will fill this void?

It didn't take much deliberating before asking the nice folks at Land Rover to hand us the keys to a 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport for a year. Sure, there are larger, more off-road ready and more prestige-y Land Rover models, but the entry-level Disco Sport hits a sweet spot in the market. It's a relatively affordable option to the brand's more prestigious offerings, and it's also just an appropriate size for tearing around Southern California's congested highways and twisty backroads. Staffers who'd driven one also agreed that the little LR allows for healthy doses of both fun and practicality in the process.

And so it was that one sun-soaked day, a 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Lux arrived in our garage. Land Rover buffs will know this is the top-spec trim level, meaning our Corris Grey Disco has plenty of standard equipment along with a few optional extras. The $46,950 base price includes destination fees and a whole mess of standard features, including a panoramic glass roof, a power tailgate, dual-zone climate control, power front seats with memory function, satellite radio, Xenon headlamps, rain sensing wipers and a rear-view camera. Under hood sits the brand's turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4, good for a healthy 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic gearbox (the same basic example found in the Jeep Cherokee, among other Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles) handles the cog swapping and a host of off-road ready features, like Hill Descent Control and a Terrain Response System with snow, mud, and sand settings backs up LR's off-road heritage.

Land Rover also equipped our particular Disco Sport with the Climate Comfort Package ($1,600 for heated front and rear seats, steering wheel, and windshield), Driver Assist Plus Package ($800 for autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition), 19-inch Black Design Package ($900 for 19-inch alloy wheels, Gloss Black exterior trim, mirrors and badging), Adaptive Xenon headlamps ($300), Automatic High-Beam Assist ($250), and the Protection Package ($418 for rubber floor mats, cargo mat, windshield sunshade). All told, our Discovery chimes in at $51,318 as it sits in our garage.

While the Land Rover is in our possession, we're expecting to use it mainly as most owners would. It will be expected to master the subtleties of the traffic-clogged Southern California commute and be loaded up during Costco and Home Depot runs. A mini road trip to Northern California and a camping weekend in the mountains are already planned activities as well. We're also going to use the Disco Sport as most owners wouldn't. Its stay with us wouldn't be complete without trying to do some genuine off-roading when the opportunity arises. This is a Land Rover, after all.

Stay tuned to see how our little Landie stacks up in everyday use. It'll be getting a lot of it.

Overview

  • Body style 4-door front-engine all-wheel-drive SUV
  • Accommodation 7-passenger
  • Construction N/A
  • Base price (with dest. ) $46,950
  • As tested $51,318

Powertrain

  • Engine 16-valve DOHC turbocharged I-4
  • Displacement 2.0 liters (122 cu in)
  • Power 240 hp @ 5,800 rpm
  • Torque 251 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm
  • Transmission 9-speed automatic
  • Drive All-wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 20/26/22 (city/hwy/combined)

Chassis

  • Steering Electrically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 2.4 turns
  • Turning circle 38.1 ft
  • Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
  • Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
  • Brakes F/R Vented discs/Discs
  • Wheels 19-inch aluminum
  • Tires Continental CrossContact LX Sport
  • Tire size 235R-19/255R-19 105V XL

Measurements

  • Headroom 38.0 in
  • Legroom 42.7 in
  • Shoulder room 49.8 in
  • Wheelbase 107.9 in
  • Track F/R 63.8/64.2 in
  • L x W x H 180.7 x 81.5 x 67.9 in
  • Cargo capacity 32.7 cu ft/ 66.9 in (seats up/down)
  • Weight 3,957 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R N/A
  • Fuel capacity 18.5 gal
  • Est. fuel range 481 miles
  • Fuel grade 91 octane (premium)

Equipment

  • standard equipment

    • Xenon headlights
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Rear-view camera
    • Dual-zone automatic climate control
    • Configurable ambient interior lighting
    • Keyless entry
    • Fixed panoramic sunroof
    • Powered tailgate
    • 19-inch alloy wheels
    • Touchscreen infotainment
    • SiriusXM radio
    • Bluetooth phone and audio, USB connectivity
    • Windsor leather seats
    • Terrain response system (general/snow/mud/sand)
    • Hill-start assist
    • Hill-descent control
    • Stop-start
    • Push-button start

Options

  • options for this vehicle:

    • Climate comfort package --- $1600
    • Heated front/rear seats, steering wheel, windshield; Climate front seats
    • Driver Assist Plus pack --- $800
    • Autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition; Navigation
    • 19-inch Black Design package ---- $900
    • Contrast black roof - Gloss black on front and rear badging; Black grill side mirrors, vents; 19 inch 5-spoke black alloy wheels
    • Adaptive Xenon Headlights w/ LED signature ---- $300
    • Automatic High Beam Assist --- $250
    • Corris Gray paint -- $0
    • Discovery Sport Protection Pack --- $418

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