Few rivals offer the kind of go-anywhere abilities as the 2022 Discovery Sport, which lives up to the Land Rover name with standard all-wheel drive, water-fording capability, and plentiful off-road tech features. Those types of things aren't offered on other compact luxury SUVs such as the BMW X3, the Porsche Macan, or the Mercedes-Benz GLC-class. Those road-oriented crossovers deliver more engaging handling than the Discovery Sport, though, and their cabins are more premium. But the Land Rover's ruggedness and its spacious cabin with an optional third row of seats has a certain appeal, even if the overall package doesn't quite meet segment standards. From landroverparsippany.
Every Discovery Sport has a turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain that makes 246 horsepower. Of course, standard all-wheel drive—along with a host of optional trail-rated equipment—helps the Sport glide over bumpy terrain and weather any storm. The Disco Sport can even wade into as much as 23.6 inches of water (for those who dare) and tow up to 4409 pounds. We tested a 2020 model with the 246-hp engine and found it to be rather sluggish; throttle response is lazy, and the Disco Sport requires 7.5 seconds to reach 60 mph. Handling isn't particularly crisp, so don't expect to wring thrills from curvy back roads. On the plus side, the Discovery Sport delivers a comfortable ride for cruising.