Land Rover Discovery Sport – let’s stay out of the mud, shall we?

I’ve just spent the weekend bouncing around the new Land Rover Experience at Eastnor Castle, in Herefordshire. It’s rather unusual that they use Defender’s for the exercise – a vehicle Land Rover doesn’t make any more.

Perhaps part of the reason is that currently, there isn’t a ‘proper’ Land Rover that could handle the Eastnore course – used for decades to test Defenders to the limit.

I doubt the Discovery Sport would get that far either, even though it is more than capable in the dirt. Who would have to scuff those 20-inch Aeroviper alloys, or risk a mud bath around the leather cabin?

Until the new Defender arrives, the Landie fleet is rather lacking a rufty-tufty model. The Disco Sport is very much an urban mobile – but its for parking on the pavement rather than a full-on off-road experience…

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This Week’s Test Car

Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Tekna

The latest upgrades to the family-friendly seven-seater are based around a re-style front end. Essentially a larger Qashqai (it shares much with the smaller SUV), Nissan will tell you it is now ‘styled for adventure’. In reality, it’s strictly a family-mover with optional four-wheel drive and plenty of kit. Our top spec Tekna costs around £37,000, so it’s going to have to be good to better the Mazda CX-5 and the Skoda Kodiaq. It is reliable, affordable and safe. Did somebody forget fun?