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What you need to know: The Free­lander’s gone. Re­mem­ber that slightly square and drab Land Rover? Well, quite a few peo­ple bought its prac­ti­cal shape and - save for own­ers of the early ex­am­ples - don't look like they will want to up­grade their Landys any time soon.

This Dis­cov­ery Sport takes over from the Free­lander and shares the same plat­form as the trendy Evoque; which it also nicked its de­sign from.

This is all part of Land Rover's big prod­uct re­vi­tal­iza­tion: out with those boxy brutes and in with stylish lifestyle SUV'S.

Some more facts: Like its Range Rover brothers, this “Sport” de­notes the smaller, cheaper and edgier ver­sion of a big­ger model. For­get about the cur­rent Dis­cov­ery, its boxy sil­hou­ette will be re­placed by a new model soon.

Avail­able as a 2L turbo-diesel or 2L turbo-petrol, Dis­cov­ery Sport is also avail­able in four equip­ment lines with plenty of op­tions. All mod­els use Land Rover's lat­est “Ter­rain Re­sponse” in­tel­li­gent 4WD sys­tem. We tested the topspot SD4 HSE Lux­ury with all the mod-cons your travel bug heart could yearn for.

Where we drove: Be­sides city traf­fic and high­way jams, this seven-seater lux­ury SUV took us for a week­end break to Lange­baan on the Cape’s West Coast. Thanks to the punchy TD mo­tor ( 140kw/ 420Nm) and nine au­to­matic gears, it did the jour­ney in mod­ern com­fort, speed and econ­omy.

At the busy sea­side vil­lage, we noted that no­body told us any Landy jokes and the car's mix of con­tem­po­rary de­sign and tried off-road tech­nol­ogy – it did not l ook out of place be­tween For­tuners and X5's.

Watch out for: The pur­chase price. At N$800,000-odd this isn’t a bar­gain so we sug­gest a cheaper model with op­tional ex­tras. You also get a 5-year / 100,000km main­te­nance plan with your new car.

Why you'll want one: Crisp de­sign, the func­tional in­te­rior, seven seats, ex­cel­lent tur­boD­iesel fuel ef­fi­ciency (claimed 6.3L per 100km from the 65L tank), clever off-road tech and smooth on-road abil­i­ties. The Dis­cov­ery Sport shows what a mod­ern Land Rover can be – a car for ev­ery pur­pose.

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