Land Rover recently extended the offer to a select group of automotive journalists and news outlets to travel to Iceland for a first crack behind the wheel of its newest model, the 2015 Discovery Sport. The trip took place this December, and unsurprisingly, I did not get the invite.
Reports are that the weather was particularly “Land Rover-esque” with whiteout snow and icy roads. It looks like the journos did a great job of putting the new Disco through its paces, even getting one stuck, only for it to be unceremoniously yanked from its predicament by its big brother, a Defender 110.
Drivers conducted the vehicles over 180 miles both on and off-road, through national parks, over precipitous mountain passes, and up and down steep descents requiring the use of the vehicles’ Hill Descent Control feature.
By all accounts the Discovery Sport fits right in with the rest of the current lineup of Land Rover vehicles, combining confident competency over tough terrain while enveloping the occupants in luxurious security that defies the weather conditions outside the vehicle. A far cry from the Series Land Rovers we cut our teeth on, but a fitting progression of the direction Land Rover took when they introduced the relatively luxurious Range Rover in the early 1970’s.
Ben Griffin of UK online news and review website Recombu.com, says that the baby Disco is "Great fun to drive, and relatively affordable...in a word, epic"
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