Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4 SE: Tow test
Land Rover’s new kid on the block, the Discovery Sport SD4 SE, is smooth, safe and a little bit suave.
All versions of the Discovery Sport come as five-seaters with the five-plus-two configuration an option. While the five-seater has a full-size spare wheel housed under the cargo floor, the five-plus-two version has a temporary spare fitted underneath the rear. The SD4 SE we tested was the five-seat configuration.
Standard gear on the SD4 SE model tested includes auto-on headlights and wipers, push-button start, engine stop-start, cruise control (including active speed limiter), leather interior, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, power adjustable front seats, powered tailgate, automatic high-beam assist, rear parking sensors, rear view camera and two zone climate control. The SD4 SE automatic is $59,000 (plus on-road costs).
Options included on the test vehicle were the Xenon Pack, the Heat/Cold Climate with Heated Windscreen Pack, 19in alloy wheels, DAB radio, InControl Apps and metallic paint. The total cost with options (excluding the towbar and brake controller) was $65,900 (plus on-road costs).
The cargo area is reasonably large at 981L capacity (with the rear seat up), is easy to access and has four substantial tie-down points. The load area is reasonably usable, with the only impediment being the rear tapered roofline. The Discovery Sport does not have especially good seat folding versatility – the rear seat doesn’t fold flat, instead sitting about 15° from horizontal, and there is a raised lip from the cargo floor to the seat back when folded. This is a departure from Land Rover’s form with the Discovery 4, which has an excellent flat load floor with rear seats folded down.
Engine braking was not especially strong, unsurprising given the engine’s willingness to rev. The side mirrors were a bit too small for towing (if your van is about the same width as the vehicle) and fitting side mirror-mounted towing mirrors was a little awkward due to the rounded shape of the side mirrors.
Towball download is reduced to 100kg when the seven-seat option is ticked, which diminishes caravan options to a select few European vans.
LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT SD4 SE SPECS
Weights and measures
- Length 4599mm
- Width 2069mm
- Height 1724mm
- Wheelbase 2741mm
- Ground clearance 212mm
- Kerb mass 1805kg
- Gross Vehicle Mass 2505kg
- Gross Combined Mass 5005kg
- Towing capacity (unbraked/braked) 750kg/2200kg
- Towball (max) 150kg
- Engine Turbo-charged 2.2L inline four-cylinder diesel
- Transmission Nine-speed automatic
- Power 140kW at 4000rpm
- Torque 420Nm at 1750rpm
Gear ratios (:1)
- 1 4.71
- 2 2.84
- 3 1.91
- 4 1.38
- 5 1.00
- 6 0.81
- 7 0.70
- 8 0.58
- 9 0.48
- Rev 3.48
- Final drive 3.94
- Xenon Pack ($1530); the Heat/Cold Climate with Heated Windscreen Pack ($1500); 19in alloy wheels ($1500); DAB radio ($540); InControl Apps ($530); metallic paint ($1300)
- Fuel capacity 65L
- Suspension Independent, coil springs (front and rear)
- Brakes Ventilated discs (front); solid discs (rear)
- Wheels 19in alloy
- Warranty Three years/100,000km
- Roof load 75kg
- $65,900 (plus on-road costs)
The full test appears in Caravan World #543 November 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!