When it comes to choosing the right vehicle, many factors come into play, especially if the vehicle is made to serve several purposes and satisfy many people.
We receive many inquiries throughout the year from our readers requesting our professional opinion on certain vehicles, and our reply always has been around the needs of people who will utilize the intended vehicle, thus I will take advantage of this opportunity to illustrate the best scenario on how to choose the perfect vehicle that fits your need.
This year, our annual family vacation was a trip around Dubai, and I had to make a choice for the best vehicle that fits our needs. I personally wanted to drive a sporty looking vehicle and at the same time have a vehicle capable of transforming from an on-road sporty car to an off-road adventure SUV when taking that left turn towards the desert for a 5-minute getaway or for a full of freedom off-road adventure. However, my family’s needs were beyond my personal preferences and I gave them a promise to bring a car that is roomy enough to fit the kids and still be able to satisfy the shopping needs when moving from one mall to another.
I was looking for a mid-size SUV with a sporty and slick design that fits my small family perfectly and can also act as a shopping cart for the wife. An additional advantage of carrying those extra guests if needed would be a plus. Thus, I chose the Land Rover Discovery Sport – HSE Luxury.
The name says it all: “Land Rover Discovery” for off-roading capabilities and needed space; “Sport” for that sportiness in design and “Luxury” for that extra comfort.
I took the Discovery from the dealer and headed to my hotel where my family was staying, and I called them down for the first cruise. You cannot imagine their reaction when they saw this sporty-looking vehicle all wrapped up in gorgeous Firenze Red with its Black Contrast Roof. I mean, I personally was delighted to drive this vehicle all the way to the hotel; it turns heads wherever you go. The design is superb and stylish giving it a familiar family face, and its slick detailing with an aerodynamics silhouette makes it a classy and modern SUV. The lines and cuts are based on the Evoque with a personalized Discovery identity especially when looking at the sportiness of the exterior combined with the uniquely designed LED headlights and taillights that give the Discovery sport its own personality.
The kids jumped into the back seat and started to enjoy the infotainment system as much as I did, especially with the MERIDIAN™ Surround Sound Audio System with 17 Speakers, including Subwoofers 825 Watt Output and rear seat entertainment. Mine was a bit more sophisticated with an HDD Navigation System with Bluetooth® Telephone Connectivity plus Streamed Audio, an eight inch Color Touch-screen, and my own special, five inch Color TFT Driver Information Centre. The whole family was indulged in comfortable and spacy seats wrapped up in Tan Windsor Leather and surrounded with Ebony classy Interior.
The trips were enjoyable; the driving sensation is truly above and beyond. The smoothness of the road trips came from all the electronic systems that make your life much easier on-road and off-road. The Discovery Sport comes equipped with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and much more. The LR is powered by a Turbo charged 2.0-Litre Si4 Petrol engine coped with 9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Paddle Shifts capable to generated 240hp @ 5800 rpm and 340Nm of torque @ 1750 rpm.
Beyond the driving sensations of a sporty-looking SUV, one more goal has to be fulfilled. As we moved from one mall to another, the bags were getting thrown in the back from the wife’s shopping fever, and I was seriously doubting which would be maxed out first, my credit cards or the back boot. On the second day, we all wanted to have our getaway, so we left the hotel, picked up my cousin and his wife, and not so surprisingly the Discovery Sport had that extra seating row for those extra guests we picked up on the road. We headed down to an off-road adventure “Desert camping” and reached our remote destination at ease. The suspension systems, great ground clearance, and driving mode selector gave us an enjoyable and respectively smooth ride even off-tarmac. I think that the Discovery Sport has more capabilities than most owners would dare to take it. Just choose between Normal, Mud, Sand, Rocks and Snow modes, then let the car’s sophisticated traction control system do the rest.
So finally, as our annual family vacation came to its end, I can truly say that the Discovery Sport – HSE Luxury is the perfect car for my family. I was able to enjoy a sports car, indulge in luxury, go off-road and push the limits, while my kids were well seated, safe, and entertained, and most importantly the wife had a great shopping time. The Land Rover Discovery Sport – HSE LUXURY is truly a versatile and an all-purpose vehicle for Sport, Adventure, Shopping, Family and more.