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Default Meet Panda! My Land Rover Discovery Sport "HSE Dynamic Lux"

Hi guys, so here I am with my 550th post on this forum, the 500th one was a really special one as I had purchased my F30 replacement and 5-Series rival the new MY17 Jaguar XF Petrol and here while I'm at 550th post I have just replaced my F48 X1 with an MY18 Discovery Sport HSE Luxury by Almighty's grace and customized it by ordering the "Dynamic" front and rear bumper lowers and the grille that comes as standard on the "HSE Dynamic Lux Discovery Sport sold globally. As with other JLRs being sold in India, as great as their modern vehicles are the "trim" options they offer is really poor so IMO the kit did justice to what is otherwise still a tremendous car despite being around for some time.

Likes:
+ Solid build quality
+ Stately road presence, nothing beats it in its segment terms of sheer presence specially in its "Dynamic Lux" avatar
+ 4x4 CAPABILITIES
+ Highest 2nd-row leg room - higher than cars from a segment higher
+ Good mid-range for swift city driving
+ Good NVH level for a diesel and best ride quality this side of the new Q5 in the segment, SURPRISINGLY better than the XC60 with Air Suspension
+ Saves budget for a possible three-pointed-star badge next year
+ Awesome 5-Year Maintenance Pack @ 50% Discount
+ Very cool InControl "Pro Services"


Dislikes:
- Sluggish gearbox
- Could have done with more power
- Complicated remote-control
- Boring centre console
- Poor fuel efficiency
- Accessibility to 3rd-row seats
- No 360 degree camera
- No Low Range gearbox in what is a very capable off-roader

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Talking about them in a little more detail after first 2000 kms:

+ Solid build quality
As with most Land Rovers, the fit and finish of this car just feels more superior than its Deutsche rivals. From the weight and thud of the door, to the perforated windsor leather used, everything feels rich and luxurious even though simple. A combo of simplistic and utilitarian luxury. Something which made me go for this car.

+ Stately road presence
Let us just say in my humble opinion the presence of Land Rovers surely draws just a little more eyeballs towards them than its European rivals and has a distinctive yet simplistic British charm. The Discovery Sport is no different with its bad boy yet sophisticated looks, good looking true-directional wheels, and broad stance. The Dynamic package does to this car what ///M Sport package does to BMWs but since "till a month later" I bought my car, this kit wasn't even available as an option in India (surprisingly after a month I bought my car and customized it, JLR now started offering standard Dynamic kit on the top end MY19 HSE Luxury Discovery Sport The sales rep who sold me the car immediately called me when he got one of the MY19 in his stock and was equally surprised. Nevertheless, I'd call it a GREAT MOVE! by JLR. Will share a pic comparing the car with and without Dynamic Kit in the coming posts.

+ 4x4 CAPABILITIES
One of the dealer principal who owns a bunch of luxury car dealerships including BMW and JLR once told me a few years back, if its an SUV it has to be a Land Rover and I had booked and cancelled an Evoque then due to claustrophobia and overlooked his words. Very recently I happened to be a part of Land Rover Above and Beyond Tour which happened at Aamby Valley. I was just amazed by the performances of these baby Land Rovers and the capability. The terrain response and *ATPC* - All-Terrain Progress Control acts like an off-road expert cruise control and gets you out of any and all possible situation one can encounter on an occasional off-road need. It's just so much fun to take this thing off-road. What's even better or funny is that the ATPC is a cost option on bigger Land Rovers namely the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover Velar but this thing gets it as standard. Great VFM.

+ Highest 2nd-row leg room - higher than cars from a segment higher
Nothing much to say here, there's just acres of leg room almost at-par our 7 series with decent thigh room. Really convenient when you get to stretch your legs properly and enjoy a comfortable Discovering drive.

+ Good mid-range for swift city driving
There's nothing much to vouch about the engine but its fun to use the mid-range in the city and enjoy the continuous surge of torque between the 1800-3500 rpm. Its really enjoyable even though not too fast, not even by BMW 20d standards but does the job in the city and also is a lovely cruiser. One can cruise all day at high speed without the engine breaking a sweat and good NVH levels inside.

+ Good NVH level for a diesel and best ride quality this side of the new Q5 in the segment, SURPRISINGLY better than the XC60 with Air Suspension
When the XC60 was launched and the news was out that it has Air Suspension, I had once again forgotten the words of the dealer principal who told me that if its a SUV it has to be a Land Rover and almost decided to manage a drive of the XC60 and book it. After a bit of travelling and waiting I managed to drive the car and as great the goodies it has like the ventilated and massage seats (my favourite) the ride quality and centre console despite the Air Suspension was on the stiffer side and more bumps were felt in the cabin. I'd rate the new Audi Q5 with adaptive dampers in comfort mode the magnum-opus of good NVH level and ride quality followed by the Discovery Sport. Not at all being biased here but if anyone feels so, even some reviews on youtube will confirm this about the XC60 which was my benchmark while comparing and closing these cars

+ 5 Year Maintenance @ 50% Discount is offered standard by JLR on all MY17 and MY18 vehicles free-of-charge.
This is something really cool as the first service of my Jaguar XF costed me only 11k all inclusive and a friend's first service of his Evoque costed 9.5k. Such an amount for a premium car service is something that one can only dream of with other brands unless they have a "paid package" sans BSI. Thumbs up to JLR for including this FOC.

+ Very Cool InControl Pro Services
Sometimes, simplicity is good enough to be termed as something cool and thats what this is. Its like a no-nonsense (but complicated to set up!) concierge service which also helps you link up your phone to the car for door-to-door navigation and locates your car even if the ignition is off. Also, with the sim card installed you can share your ETA with your saved contacts along with traffic details and the message / mail doesnt go from your personal number but "Land Rover" which seems super cool.

(-) Sluggish gearbox
I have to admit, the gearbox calibration in this car is a disgrace to the ZF8. It feels like CVT and has a bit of rubber-band effect which can be clearly felt while overtaking. This would be the number-1 dislike I have of this car.

(-) Could have done with more power
Globally 240bhp tune diesel of the Discovery Sport with the same engine is available and the kind of competition they have here and considering the size of the car they must have offered it here. 180 bhp is good but for almost 62L ex-showroom list price which is in the "discounted X5 territory" they could have done with more power

(-) Complicated remote-control
This was one feature my granmom was really excited about but as tech-savvy and as simple I thought this to be I found it to be one of the most complicated remote ever. To use it you have to allow from the front infotainment screen and then "select the side" and then it will only operate the rear screens content, if you want to control the radio using it you have to go to "rear media" and choose "radio" then only one can control the radio channels using it. Confused already right? What a pity they made of a lovely chunky looking remote.

(-) Boring centre console
With Velar and XC60 offering state-of-the-art interiors with so much of modernisation, the centre console of the DS has started to look and feel dated already.

(-) Poor fuel efficiency
This maybe coz of the vehicle being new but I have not managed over 7 km/l in the city as of now and 11 km/l on the highway with moderate driving style. BMW with its efficient dynamic and Eco Pro mode was much ahead but this could be due to the vehicle being new or outright weight it has to carry on its back for life...

(-) Accessibility to 3rd-row seats
You have to fold the 2nd row seat half and then "drag" the seats to front and then again push it back after the 3rd row passengers got it. Having owned Innova in past and currently owning the Fortuner I'd have any day preferred it to be like the Innova or the Fortuner

(-) No Low Range gearbox
Not that one goes die-hard off roading everyday and even though the vehicle is the most capable off-roader in its segment, period. the lack of a low-range is a disappointing thing. It just feels good to know that its there just like ATPC and other bells and whistles. When cars like Fortuner has it its a pity that neither the Evoque, the Discovery Sport nor the Velar not even the Range Rover Sport gets it as "standard".
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The buying and Dealership Experience

So I have been considering changing my X1 since quite a while, we knew its not gonna work out as the suspension setup, seat-cushioning and rear-seat space was never enough even though it was a very good car otherwise I felt it isn't a good choice for my 66 year old granpa who still commutes around 50 kms daily which sometimes goes higher during the visits to one of the warehouses, I really wanted to go for something more special and get him something from the brand he has secretly admired; namely Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes soon went out of consideration because as lovely as the GLE is its been around for ages and had a complicated centre console, and by time I was thinking to consider it the all-new GLE was launched globally. What a heck of a car it is but sadly at least a good half a year ago for launch.

Second strong contender was the Range Rover Velar. We had initially booked and finalised the Velar SE D180 and wanted the delivery of the car on Dhanteras, even though it wasnt very spacious just the looks of it and the interior design made up for everything. However something or the other kept going wrong. Firstly, the very close business-head of a dealership who was dealing with me suddenly got terminated and when he explained me the circumstances I decided to take a refund and take it from another dealership as it was convenient for me to take the car for almost 4 other dealerships and I was in touch with someone or the other there. I then booked the car from another dealer and paid a booking amount of 10L.

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I had managed a lovely and dreamy deal on a 2017 model that was lying in the factory for around 14 months. After the loan approval was done I get to know that the car has done around 800 kms, and that created a little bit of discussion at home and secondly I hear another 2 days later that the car cannot be delivered because it has some service action due and some "modules" needs to be replaced. I requested them to kindly refund the money for the time being after that and they immediately did so without any hassle. Almost everyone by now was suggesting that a Land Rover is not meant to be so the plan was a little postponed. But the next weekend the dealer from whom I had booked had sent a "Discovery Sport" for a test drive to my hometown in Patna. Even though the car wasn't even the consideration they insisted I try it over the weekend. I had by now tried the Volvo XC60 and the Q5, Q7 and the Range Rover Sport and had almost settled on the Q5 despite not being very fond of its design, the bigger in size cars were not so much preferred as it was going to be a daily driver. The Discovery Sport was surprisingly an awesome vehicle. The fit and finish, the build quality, ride quality was all so good and to my utter surprise, it rode well over the rough surfaces than the air-suspension equipped XC60. Not to mention the space in the second row was next level and since I was considering the Range Rover Sport as well, I figured that according to the Range Rover Sport options chart the car has an additional loadings worth 15L according to RRS standard (825w Meridian audio system, 360 degree parking aid, humongous panoramic roof, rear-seat entertainment, Windsor leather, leather-wrapped dash to name a few.
What then, it changed the decision overnight and when confirmed by the sales rep that the car can be delivered exactly on Dhanteras and the fact that Enzo, my golden retriever scratched the bonnet as he was for some reason very fond of the car and had to be literally pulled down from the bonnet we decided to avoid the the embarrassment caused by my beloved and go-ahead with what is a really VFM, no-nonsense yet stately and Enzo approved Discovery Sport.

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Since I was cutting down the budget massively by this I ordered the Dynamic front and rear bumper and dynamic grille and got it installed pre-delivery to own India's first HSE "Dynamic" Lux Discovery Sport

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Getting inside the car and speaking about the cabin; you are welcomed by a huge sunroof and a massive windshield which adds a great amount of visibility and reminds you a bit of a greenhouse that we studied back in school.

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There's ample of space in the 1st and 2nd row with a good amount of support from the seats and acres of legroom (one of the major reason for choosing this over the Velar and few others). The seat upholstery is made up of high-quality perforated Windsor Leather and feels very premium and both the front seats get memory function other than being completely electrically adjustable. Heated and Cooled feature is sorely missed and it's a pity that except Volvo nobody is offering it in the segment. The MY18 HSE Luxury model also gets Windsor Leather treatment on the front dash. The centre console, however, spoils the party and looks plain and plasticky in black and somewhat a big let down for what is otherwise a good and utilitarian cabin. I have added a metal chrome garnish and metal chrome gear selector to take care of the boring part to some extent. Coming to the 2nd row seats the airiness and ample of room continues and the humongous sunroof further adds to the premium feel. The rear screen whenever it works makes it a joy to sit in the second row and gives a premium experience. The third row is best left to kids but very much usable for a 6 footer as well for short journeys thanks to the dedicated AC vents and its control however accessibility could have been better if the 2nd-row seats folded away completely like that of Innova or Fortuner. Only the backrest folds and the seats slide in front to get access to the 3rd row which a lot of people might uncomfortable to use. Further talking about the AC, I feel this is one of the cars which is too sensitive to the temperature inputs. For e.g. even if the AC is on and you change the degree by even 1 centigrade the warmness or coolness will change immediately and unlike other cars, we have to precise of what we want. For e.g., if the AC is on at 24-degree centigrade in March's lukewarm summer the AC will feel insufficient so you gotta turn it to 20-21 degrees. This is something I really haven't noticed on other cars. Overall, this car's cabin walks the line between functional pragmatism and utilitarian luxuriousness.

The plush ride quality and good NVH levels further makes it a great place to be. Even on rough patches where the BMW F48 X1 gave lots of 'thuds' inside the cabin this more over makes the sound of a softly thrown pillow on the ground which makes it feel like a worth upgrade from the X1. I have further added Dynamat sound deadening pads in the doors in a good amount which has further taken the NVH levels down. There's very little road noise post this mod and one can just play soft music on those 825w Meridian Speakers and not hear anything happening outside and just cruise on.

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Behind the Wheel

This Land Rover comes with two versions of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine built by JLR themselves known as Ingenium, with the entry-level putting out 150 bhp and the HSE Luxury getting 180 bhp motor (they have fixed this with the MY19 whereas all variants except the base model get the 180 bhp. All the cars are mated to a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. Now, this is an engine which I hated when I got my XF 25t Petrol coz it felt a notch below BMWs 20d and even Audi's 2.0 doing duty in the Q5 but what makes it livable is a good mid-range punch from the motor which makes swift cruising in the city fun. It can also cruise at high speeds at less than 2000 rpm all day and don't break a sweat. I happened to drive this car from Kolkata to Patna by road and maintained an average of 130-140 km/hr and the car returned around 14 km / l and felt great to drive. It might be noted that the brakes could have been better as there's some amount of nosedive while heavy braking but to some extent, it's acceptable due to its super ground clearance of 212 mm it offers. Where it further lacks is swift overtaking coz the high range is really poor and during kickdown the poor performance is clearly felt. As quiet it is at while cruising there's also obvious diesel clatter during kickdown and also during idle. Overall, the engine isn't really the selling point of this car. However, a stage-1 remap is soon planned to post the first service. The steering brings the positive words back and is perfectly weighted and the car handles like a proper 4x4 and switching to different drive modes using the 'Terrain Response' change the steering weight as well along with other parameters; here's a list of summary what each mode does as per my experience; There are 4 modes to choose from namely Regular, Grass Gravel & Snow, Mud Ruts & Sand

The Regular is the regular driving mode with well-weighted steering like any other sporty SUV,

The Grass Gravel & Snow = Traction Control intervenes early to prevent tyre slip, gear changes are sped up and the accelerator response is softened to help avoid loss of traction. Hill Descent Control is automatically engaged when needed which can be further controlled by the controls at the steering wheel.

Mud Ruts = The traction control system is optimised to allow controlled tyre slip, which provides the best traction in slippery conditions. This is somewhat equivalent to what a single press on BMWs does to traction control.

Sand = This one acts like a stage-1 remap and reduces the turbo lag to almost zero and softens the steering. The car responds rapidly to accelerator inputs in this mode for that momentum thats needed to drive on sand. The upshifts are late and the car hold revs longer when in this mode.

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Adding to this is a super cool feature which is applicable in both the aspect, to improve the aid to the driver and to sprinkle a bit of coolness to the cabin is 4x4i control in the infotainment system. It'll show the realtime altitude the car is on, the degree of its tilt, and super accurate front wheel position which changes with the slightest of inputs. All this combined makes it a very desirable 4x4 which is very usable in our conditions be it tackling bad or waterlogged roads (The wading capacity is at a good 2 ft). All this combined prepare the package for a guiltless adieu to the old X1 even today if I have to choose its replacement it'll still be this car in this budget. It just feels a tad special with that British charm and these bells and whistles and capabilities. Before summing it up, here's the complete list of mods done to the car;

Exterior:
Dynamic Grill in Gloss Black
Dynamic Front Bumper Lowers
Dynamic Rear Bumper Lowers
Dynamic Exhaust Tips in Chrome
Gloss Black Fog Lamp Trim
Painted Side Skirts
SV Autobiography Style Custom DISCOVERY Letterings in Black & Chrome
Smoked Out Tail Lights
Electrically Deployable Side Step (Purchased but to-be installed)

Interior:
Full Metal Gold Chrome Gear Selector
Full Satin Chrome Centre Console Trim
Dynamat Sound Deadening
Metal Chrome Volume & Air Conditioning Knobs
Satin Chrome Speaker Covers

Drivetrain:
BMC Air Filter
Stage-1 Remap (Proposed after first service)

I have down around 5k kms with the car and its been a joy to live with it and knock on the wood the car other than sloppy remote-control everything is working like a charm which was a bit of concern after knowing about how some older Land Rovers threw surprises every now and then. This is it from my end, its AdiSinghV12 signing out with some pictures exclusively clicked for team-bhp by my photographer and petrolhead friend Saurav Anuraj. Enjoy and if there's anything that I can help you with feel free to PM me or comment below.
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Congratulations on the new discovery sport . Safe driving . Why do you say complicated remote ? Can you share a picture of it ?
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line to the Initial Ownership Section. Thanks for sharing!
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Congratulations !

The dynamic bumpers really make the car stand out. The discovery is indeed a great option in the price range, not to mention its VFM. And, about the bumpers, how exactly did you order them and get them fitted ? was it through the dealership or did you get it imported from an factory overseas ?

Wishing you many more happy miles with it.
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Good choice of car. I have loved the Discovery Sport since I had a look at it in the 2016 Auto Expo. It's been around for more than three years now and I still feel it's the best looking car in its segment. The modifications you have made to it make it look even better.

Though I liked the rather simplistic interior design, I thought the feel of some of the plastics was just not good enough for a car of this price. That said, everything felt like it would last really long. The Meridian audio system is brilliant as well.

I feel JLR is struggling a bit with its engines since they started using their Ingenium power plant instead of the Ford units. Hope they have sorted things out. The automotive world is unforgiving.

Wish you many happy miles of motoring.
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Congratulations! I just got an email from Landrover with some attractive EMI plans. I know Landrover discounts heavily but are these discounts or clever marketing tactics Annual bullet seems likes the annual lump sum. Is the retail benefit the discount?


Discovery Sport 2.0 l Diesel Pure
Ex-Showroom Price* Retail Benefit* EMI* Annual Bullet*
44.68 Lakh 7.00 Lakh 30 000 2.19 Lakh

Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition
Ex-Showroom Price* Retail Benefit* EMI* Annual Bullet*
53.90 Lakh 7.00 Lakh 42 000 3.06 Lakh
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Congratulations! I just got an email from Landrover with some attractive EMI plans. I know Landrover discounts heavily but are these discounts or clever marketing tactics Annual bullet seems likes the annual lump sum. Is the retail benefit the discount?


Discovery Sport 2.0 l Diesel Pure
Ex-Showroom Price* Retail Benefit* EMI* Annual Bullet*
44.68 Lakh 7.00 Lakh 30 000 2.19 Lakh

Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition
Ex-Showroom Price* Retail Benefit* EMI* Annual Bullet*
53.90 Lakh 7.00 Lakh 42 000 3.06 Lakh
Retail Benefit is the discount upfront. There is a fine print which seems to be missing here. The EMI and Annual Bullet amount is calculated considering a residual value of at least 15 Lakhs of existing car.

This implies that you would have to trade in your existing vehicle and the valuation should come upto 15 lakhs at least and then only the EMI and Annual Bullet would be effective.

Quite a bit of fine print there.

Cheers!
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Congratulations! The Discovery Sport is a brilliant vehicle and it can be the only car that one ever needs, in all situations. It can be fast on the highways, take bad roads in its stride and go up the steepest of climbs even without a low range gearbox. In celebration of 70 years, Land Rover took the vehicles up to Sandakphu, one of the toughest trails in the country. I read that you are not too happy and pointed it out as a negative that it does not have the low range gearbox, but this report might remove any doubts on the capability of the vehicle -

https://www.zigwheels.com/news-featu...0308/#leadform

A couple of pics from that drive -

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Congratulations! The Discovery Sport is a brilliant vehicle and it can be the only car that one ever needs, in all situations. It can be fast on the highways, take bad roads in its stride and go up the steepest of climbs even without a low range gearbox. In celebration of 70 years, Land Rover took the vehicles up to Sandakphu, one of the toughest trails in the country. I read that you are not too happy and pointed it out as a negative that it does not have the low range gearbox, but this report might remove any doubts on the capability of the vehicle -

https://www.zigwheels.com/news-featu...0308/#leadform
Ahem, we also were there !!!!!

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/trave...nd-rovers.html (Drive to Sandakphu: With classic & modern Land Rovers)
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I know and I was really jealous. I have never wanted to be an admin so bad once I came to know about this one. I am possessive about Sandakphu
One day I dream to take a Land Rover up there and beyond.
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Congratulations Aditya.

The Discovery Sport is a lovely SUV. Been using a Disco Sport HSE Luxury daily since December 2015, done almost 40k kms on it now.
Pretty capable, reliable, luxurious enough and ticks most boxes.

Surprised you found the gearbox to be sluggish. Infact JLR makes one of the best gearboxes in this trade.

After being a long term user over these 3.5 years, I guess the only cons of this car are the brake pads wearing out every 10k kms and the constant rattling from doors.
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Congratulations on the new discovery sport . Safe driving . Why do you say complicated remote ? Can you share a picture of it ?
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The remote itself isnt complicated, its the software. I dont know if its a glitch but to use the remote control you have to select 'Control via remote' via the infotainment display, whats the point of having a remote then
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Congratulations !

The dynamic bumpers really make the car stand out. The discovery is indeed a great option in the price range, not to mention its VFM. And, about the bumpers, how exactly did you order them and get them fitted ? was it through the dealership or did you get it imported from an factory overseas ?

Wishing you many more happy miles with it.
The same can be ordered by JLR India however it turns out costing a lot so I sourced them myself and got it fitted pre-delivery from JLR's workshop

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Good choice of car. I have loved the Discovery Sport since I had a look at it in the 2016 Auto Expo. It's been around for more than three years now and I still feel it's the best looking car in its segment. The modifications you have made to it make it look even better.

Though I liked the rather simplistic interior design, I thought the feel of some of the plastics was just not good enough for a car of this price. That said, everything felt like it would last really long. The Meridian audio system is brilliant as well.

I feel JLR is struggling a bit with its engines since they started using their Ingenium power plant instead of the Ford units. Hope they have sorted things out. The automotive world is unforgiving.

Wish you many happy miles of motoring.
Thanks Well my thoughts are a bit similar, infact in outright fun to drive quotient refinement aside I still prefer the Ford engines in comparison to their ingenium (specially petrols)

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Congratulations! The Discovery Sport is a brilliant vehicle and it can be the only car that one ever needs, in all situations. It can be fast on the highways, take bad roads in its stride and go up the steepest of climbs even without a low range gearbox. In celebration of 70 years, Land Rover took the vehicles up to Sandakphu, one of the toughest trails in the country. I read that you are not too happy and pointed it out as a negative that it does not have the low range gearbox, but this report might remove any doubts on the capability of the vehicle -

https://www.zigwheels.com/news-featu...0308/#leadform

A couple of pics from that drive -

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Lovely pics and thanks a ton! I too did some soft roading with the car and was extremely satisfied and didn't miss low range one tiny bit. But when you're reviewing a 4x4 and if such a thing is missing you got to put it under the negatives just for the sake of it

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Congratulations Aditya.

The Discovery Sport is a lovely SUV. Been using a Disco Sport HSE Luxury daily since December 2015, done almost 40k kms on it now.
Pretty capable, reliable, luxurious enough and ticks most boxes.

Surprised you found the gearbox to be sluggish. Infact JLR makes one of the best gearboxes in this trade.

After being a long term user over these 3.5 years, I guess the only cons of this car are the brake pads wearing out every 10k kms and the constant rattling from doors.
Thanks bro, you have been super helpful in answering all my queries and helping me out with a lot of stuff. Owe you a big time for this. For the gearbox I felt the changes could be quicker especially during kickdowns. There's a very minor rubber band effect during kickdown as far as I noticed. For the rattling I suggest you get sound deadening done. Trust me it changes the car's NVH levels by a good deal and for the rattling the door feels so solid that nothing is heard...
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Hey Folks,

I have a Discovery Sport HSE Lux edition and it came with the 17 speaker Meridian setup with Two screen in the back.

The issue I've been having is how to get the Car Navigation to show up in the back. I know the dealer had mentioned I could do that and the remote button also has a Nav option but, whenever I press that I get a message along the lines of Route Not Set even though Nav is on and route has been set.

Does anyone have any insight on this?

My appreciate your advice : )!
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