Luxury off-roaders sold in the country these days displayed to customers and carmakers even offer drives to prove their capabilities. Most of these vehicles are taken along a man-made course that have metal ramps and other such obstacles that one does not usually encounter while going off-road.
Land Rover however, managed to organise the drive on a natural course. The course mimicked an off-road trail that people would generally encounter, with rocks, boulders, ruts, ascents, and descents. The first thing that would strike is that will a luxury SUV do such a course?
But again, common sense overrides telling you that Land Rovers have always been off-roaders and one of the best out there. The only thing that has changed in them is the fact that they have become more comfortable with a lot of creature comforts and pack some of the best technology of today.
So what is like to drive the Land Rover Discovery Sport off-road? That is the exact question we had in mind. Let's start off with the engine. The New Land Rover Discovery Sport features a 2.2-litre diesel engine that makes 147bhp and 400Nm of torque. That's plenty power for everyday use.
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But what makes the vehicle really unique is its Terrain Response system that gives the vehicle capabilities off the road as well. One can choose between General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. The Terrain Response system and the hill descent assist work together to help the driver overcome most obstacles.
The driver can chose the speed of the vehicle when the Range Rover is in hill descent mode and going downhill. The driver can set the speed using the cruise control system and not even bother touching the brakes since the vehicle will do that for you.
The driver can of course override it by pressing the brake pedal, but what the electronics do is apply brakes to the wheels that need it the most to keep the vehicle stable. Even while tackling tricky situations, where only three wheels are on the ground, the Terrain Response system sends power to the wheels that need it the most.
On the whole, the overall body design with short overhangs make the vehicle very capable to tackle most terrains. That gives you enough confidence to take the vehicle off the road without any second thoughts.