Debuting for the 2016 model year, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport has revived Land Rover’s entry-level segment. Basically replacing the ancient LR2, the Disco Sport brings new life to the brand thanks to shared architecture and a powertrain from the more upscale 2013-2015 Land Rover Range Rover. But things are getting even better. Bowing at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux.

This range-topping version injects more oomph into the baby Disco’s rhythm. Swanky exterior modifications that include gloss black finishings add a sinister appeal to the SUV’s classy appearance. New colors and materials grace the interior, making the cabin a more luxurious place.

What’s more, the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux has upgrades beyond its appearance. Yep, the SUV is debuting a new off-road traction aid that is rolled into Land Rover’s highly regarded Terrain Response system. Called All Terrain Progress Control, the software acts like a low-speed cruise control, helping the driver navigate even the toughest off-road situations.

We’ve seen a similar system on a few Toyota products, namely the 2014 Toyota 4Runner and all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Like Toyota’s Crawl Control, the Discovery’s ATPC holds the vehicle’s speed between 1 and 19 mph, depending on the driver’s settings and the terrain. The system also features a low-traction “launch” function that keeps the tires from breaking loose on slick surfaces like ice or wet grass.

The Land Rover’s heritage might be off-road performance, but the new Dynamic Lux package also brings Active Dynamics with MagneRide dampers. The variable-stiffness dampers give the Disco an uncanny on-road feel and sports car-like handling.

Continue reading to learn more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux.

  • Year:
    2016
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    nine-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    240
  • Torque @ RPM:
    250
  • Energy:
    Turbocharged
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    125 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, AWD
  • Price:
    60000 (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The Dynamic Lux package brings a new flair to the Discovery Sport’s appearance, which isn’t too far a departure from the Range Rover Evoque’s. The platform mates already share a lot, but with these upgrades, the Discovery Sport has a decidedly trendier appeal.

"From the grille to the “Discovery” lettering along the hood, the “murdered-out” look prevails."

Black accents are littered around the exterior. From the grille to the “Discovery” lettering along the hood, the “murdered-out” look prevails. Besides the main grille and badging, the Discovery Sport’s front has black accenting on the fog light surrounds, the lower grille, and center chin splitter. The fender vents and side mirrors continue the trend along the side, complemented by the black roof and A-Pillars.

Glossy black 20-inch wheels contrast nicely with the flat black fender flairs that carry over unchanged from the standard Discovery Sport.

Around back, the glossy theme continues, with black accenting between the taillights and along the bumper. Blacked-out D-pillars tie in the black roof. About the only shiny items on the vehicle are the two integrated chrome exhaust tips.

All told, the Discovery Sport HES Dynamic Lux takes the entry level Land Rover and turns it into something special. Range Rover Evoque owners will be jealous.

Interior

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Matching the exterior, the interior receives some welcome updates. The first bits to catch the eye are the red-hued aluminum accents on the center stack, the gearshift knob, and the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Matching the red metal accents is red French stitching throughout the cabin. It’s on the dashboard, center armrest, steering wheel, and seats.

Speaking of the seats, the black leather is not only contrasted by the red stitching, but also by red piping that travels the perimeter of the seats. The second-row bench is treated to the same theme.

Aside from the color differences, the interior is no different than the standard Discovery Sport. The minimalist style is ergonomic and contemporary. Sadly, the complaint I had during my test drive of the 2015 Discovery Sport still holds true: The gearshift knob takes up too much valuable real estate, despite its stately appearance.

Drivetrain

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The Dynamic Lux package brings no changes to the Discovery Sport’s existing powertrain. That means it come powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The transversely mounted inline four is mated to a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission.

"The Dynamic Lux package brings no changes to the Discovery Sport’s existing powertrain."

The Discovery Sport’s run to 60 mph will likely remain unchanged as well, so expect a 7.8-second run. The top speed is also likely unchanged at 124 mph.

Nevertheless, the Discovery Sport still boasts the upgraded All Terrain Progress Control software and the MagneRide shock absorbers. Besides giving the Land Rover an adjustable ride, the MagneRide dampers help keep normal roads and driving conditions under control. Using sensors on each wheel, a computer monitors the road conditions and provides real-time adjustments to the dampers, helping to smooth out the ride. The driver-selectable Dynamic mode furthers the excitement by increasing throttle response, gearshift speeds and hardness, and steering feel.

Of course, the Discovery Sport couldn’t be a Land Rover without the Terrain Response system. Offering multiple settings for various terrains and environments, the Terrain Response system changes how power is delivered to each wheel, whether the center and/or rear differentials are locked, and how the electronic stability control and ABS systems behave.

Safety

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The Land Rover Discover Sport offers all the modern safety features like airbags, crumple zones, head restrains, and the like. The SUV also offers the typical crash avoidance systems like ABS, electronic stability control, and roll mitigation. Also included is emergency braking assist that increases braking power during a panic stop. While neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has tested the Discovery Sport for its crashworthiness, the Euro NCAP rated the Discovery Sport at five stars.

Prices

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Land Rover has yet to release pricing for the HSE Dynamic Lux package, but it’s suspected prices will begin around $60,000.

Competition

2015 >Porsche Macan S

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Like the Cayenne to the Range Rover, the Macan S rivals the Land Rover Discovery Sport quite well. Though the Dynamic Lux package helps dress up the Disco, the Porsche still outpowers the Land Rover thanks to its twin turbocharged V-6 that makes 340 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. AWD is present, but the Land Rover takes the cake for fun in the dirt.

Pricing wise, the Macan S starts around $50,000 and can break into the $70,000 realm with all the option boxes checked.

Read our full review of the Macan S by Porsche Exclusive here.

2015 BMW X3

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Like the Porsche, the BMW X3 favors good driving performance over the ability to traverse rock-strewn riverbeds. Still, AWD makes the X3 a capable handler in adverse weather conditions. The BMW is powered by a variety of engine options, the closest match to the Discovery being the 2.0-liter I-4 that produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Prices for the X3 begin at $40,000 and range into the lower $50,000 with all the available features.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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Both the cosmetic and mechanical upgrades the Dynamic Lux package brings to the 2016 Discovery Sport helps solidify the SUV’s place as a true Land Rover offering, while coming nicely equipped at an expectedly reasonable price. After all, it’s not often a vehicle combines such good on-road performance with class-leading off-road abilities. That’s especially true in today’s market of high-riding wagons dressed as crossovers.

  • Leave it
    • 20-inch wheels not for off-roading
    • Not power upgrades
    • Likely expensive despite its place in the lineup

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Press Release

Land Rover has further enhanced the visual appeal and capability of its latest premium, compact SUV with the launch of the Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Striking design

The Discovery Sport HSE Dynamic Lux features a number of exterior enhancements, including Narvik Black exterior details, body-coloured mouldings and door claddings and 20” Gloss Black wheels. Combined with new interior colours and detailing, this new model creates a powerful and striking impression.

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.”

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All-terrain capability

The capability of the Discovery Sport is heightened by the introduction of All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) for 2016. ATPC is an advanced system that enables drivers to set and maintain a steady speed in off-road conditions. Developed by Land Rover’s industry-leading all-terrain specialists, ATPC functions similarly to a cruise control system, operational between 1mph and 19mph. The system adapts the vehicle’s behaviour according to the terrain, allowing even novice users the control of an expert off-road driver.

ATPC also features a dedicated ‘Launch’ feature, allowing the vehicle to pull away smoothly and easily, even on problematic low-friction surfaces like ice, snow or wet grass.

Active Driveline

Active Driveline can intelligently switch between two- and four-wheel drive as conditions dictate, combining both the real-world fuel-saving benefits of two-wheel-drive with the all-terrain capability of four-wheel-drive. On-road agility also increases with Active Driveline.

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Two electronically controlled clutches located either side of the rear differential distribute torque to the wheel with most grip as and when required. This improves on-road agility, while the rear axle can be entirely "locked" for maximum traction in very slippery conditions.

Active Driveline’s transition from two- to four-wheel drive is seamless, but drivers can monitor its operation via a dedicated 4x4i screen on the 8-inch touchscreen display.

Adaptive Dynamics

Adaptive Dynamics with MagneRide™ dampers brings even higher levels of occupant comfort and driver engagement. MagneRide™ dampers offer a wide range of adjustment adapting to road conditions and driver inputs thanks to a special damping fluid containing magnetic particles. When the particles are subjected to a magnetic field, the viscosity of the damper fluid is either increased or decreased, making the suspension stiffer or softer.

MagneRide™ dampers offer an even more connected driving experience with minimised body roll and heightened agility to increase compliance and therefore control in off-road environments.

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Adaptive Dynamics introduces a driver-selectable Dynamic mode on the Terrain Response® system, increasing throttle, gearbox and differential response, along with suspension and steering firmness for additional driver reward.

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