A big Discovery? Is Land Rover’s new Sport up to scratch…

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Hyundai Santa Fe, Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 – premium brand SUVs that family drivers everywhere secretly coo over in the supermarket car park.

The old Land Rover Freelander was part of the same pack but never quite got over the dull image of the first generation model. Shame really, because the final Freelander II was a bloody good motor.

Land Rover is unashamedly targeting this huge corner of the market with the Sport – and judging by first impressions, it’s going to do very well indeed.

On the driveway today is the e-Capability – the brand new eco version.

I’m worried because the figures suggest it’s sluggish, 0-60mph in 11 seconds. The full-fat Discovery Sport with 178bhp has very decent mpg already and is quite sprightly by comparison.

Do we need a lighter more frugal version? Join us for a week to find out….

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