Been doing some research on the Discovery Sport. Since I'd mainly fallen for it on looks and the romance of an actually capable Land Rover, I thought it smart to see if it's actually good.
Seems like it is. Capable offroad, good inside, great ride, but with a couple of drawbacks. The 2.0L I4t engine and ZF 9AT leave something to be desired, apparently. The engine is laggy and the transmission is clumsy. Apparently Jaguar Land Rover's got a new I4 line in the pipeline with the Ingenium moniker, so that should be a welcome change when it comes around (evo's already reviewed the Ingenium diesel, quite favorably). Infotainment (ugh, what a word to have to use) system is slow and a bit clunky. Other than that, nothing else has put me off the car. Apparently the Haldex AWD system that's in there now will either be replaced by a torque-vectoring system (or be sold alongside, the articles I've read are ambiguous on that), but the reviewer couldn't seem to tell a difference in performance in snow and ice, so that's a nonissue.