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Land Rover Discovery Sport Gets Tested by Euro NCAP, Bestowed With 5 Stars

Underpinned by the LR-MS platform, the all-new compact sport utility vehicle from Land Rover is what the Freelander / LR2 should’ve been from the beginning. Before the first model of the Discovery sub-brand will go on sale in Europe, the Euro NCAP crash tested the SUV like there’s no tomorrow.
2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Euro NCAP Crash Test 1 photo
Euro NCAP’s latest crash tests include 12 models, with the Dacia Logan MCV, Lexus NX, MINI Cooper 3-door, Ford Mondeo Wagon, new smart family, as well as the B8 VW Passat being the most important.

It may not come as a surprise considering its size, but out of those 12 nameplates, the all-new 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport was the most protective in most crash situations. Naturally, it got the very coveted 5-star rating.

It was shown in European specification at the 2014 Paris Motor Show (live photos can be found here)
The model that was crash tested by Euro NCAP was a 1,901-kilogram (4,191 lbs), right-hand drive 2.2-liter turbo diesel SE. As with any recent LR and RR product, the 2015 Discovery Sport boasts with a plethora of safety bits and bobs, chief among which is a pedestrian airbag thrown in as standard.

In addition to that, lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking for city and inter-urban driving is also a standard feature. Though it fared well in terms of adult occupants protection, rear passengers may suffer from “marginal” whiplash protection.

Child protection was good at 83 percent, but the kiddie dummy that sat in a forward-facing restraint sustained marginally high neck forces during frontal impact. As for pedestrian safety, the windscreen and pillars, as well as bonnet surface offered good protection levels. Not bad, Land Rover, not bad at all.

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