Focus on the Sport’s shortcomings and it’s conceivable that half a star could justifiably be trimmed from its score.

Although fielding a new model with a very short expiry date stamped on the engine bay isn’t entirely unheard of, it remains cruel and unusual. The car also doesn’t entirely convince on refinement or relative comfort. The Ingenium engines are a vast improvement, although they lack the outright performance of their German equivalents and sound gruff on start up, there is enough low down grunt to compensate.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The Discovery Sport is another convincing Land Rover with lots of handling finesse, style and capability

However, the Discovery Sport appeared to have the makings of an instant hit as a show concept, and prolonged exposure to the real thing does little to dial back that impression.

The rich seam of desirability that Land Rover tapped with the Evoque is readily apparent – not just in how it looks but also how it drives. It's another convincing Land Rover with lots of handling finesse, style and capability.

That the experience is now underpinned by a car better proportioned to meet the needs of a family will prove the clincher for many buyers. Prudence may cause some to pause with the Ingenium engines in mind, but Land Rover has built a car worth waiting for.

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