Land Rover Discovery Sport Gets Stuck in Iceland

Land Rover Discovery Sport Gets Stuck in Iceland [Video] 1 photo
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Back in the old days, you bought a BMW X5 if you wanted an SUV that felt great at top highway speeds and went for the Range Rover because you needed a solid, dependable 4x4 that could be used to watch over a herd of sheep or go fox hunting in.
Nowadays, all SUVs are more about being luxurious, spacious and technologically advanced. The X3 is as large as the first X5 was and Land Rover now has a rival for it that is supposed to be as good on the school run as it is in Antarctica.

Land Rover, who once made SUVs with low range gearboxes and mechanical diffs, are now cutting unnecessary weight for the sake of fuel economy and using electronics to take care of splitting traction between all four wheels.

During an event the automaker organized in Iceland, Nick Rufford from The Sunday Times found that a series of limitations existed with the new Discovery Sport. The official press release states the SUV can climb 45 degree slopes, but add ice and mud to the mix and it's suddenly not as capable.

After failing to go up a hill, Rufford then proceeds to "play" with the Discovery Sport on a snowy beach where he eventually gets stuck. Luckily, it's granddaddy Defender to the rescue!

In all fairness, the Land Rover's rivals would probably have gotten stuck as well. These conditions are much more severe than what you'd encounter on a winter holiday and the reason why the company gave on-road performance more priority is because that's what customers demanded.

This reminds us of the embarrassing incident where a Porsche Macan got stuck during its launch event in Morocco and had to be pulled away by a Dacia Duster. Maybe these press events need to be organized less ambitiously.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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