Land Rover invited journalists to Iceland to drive the new Discovery Sport model.

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This small SUV comes standard with four-wheel drive and Land Rover's Terrain Response System.

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Terrain Response includes program for sand, mud, ice, snow and ruts.

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Land Rover offers a third row seating option, which it calls 5+2 seating.

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The Discovery Sport attempts to be as rugged as the Icelandic horse.

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January in Iceland means a 10:30 a.m. sunrise.

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Studded tires help with the traction.

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The sign says "impassable," but the Discovery Sport says "go."

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A pair of Wellies have become the Land Rover icon.

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A large, panoramic glass roof covered the Discovery Sport, but did not open.

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In HSE Luxury trim, the Discovery Sport's cabin is very nice.

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Seats offer power adjustment and quality leather upholstery.

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The rear bench split folds and also slides back and forth.

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Folded down, the second row offers access to the third row.

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It is possible for an adult to sit back here.

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Land Rover showed how a Discovery Sport can carry bikes and other gear.

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The Discovery Sport proved itself on icy and snow-covered roads.

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The Terrain Response System quickly cuts in to keep the car under control.

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The lack of an adjustable suspension means the Discovery Sport has a fixed ride height and clearance.

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With a length of 15 feet, the Discovery Sport won't be too big for urban environments.

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In high trim, a power liftgate makes loading groceries easy.

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Size and offroad capability make the Discovery Sport suitable for road trips in any season.

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Many of Iceland's roads weren't much of a challenge for the Discovery Sport.

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With wading rated at almost 2 feet, the Discovery Sport made it across this river.

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Plastic inserts for the wheel wells help prevent body damage from rocks.

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The Discovery Sport comes with current Land Rover styling.

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The turbocharged 2-liter engine four-cylinder engine makes 240 horsepower, sufficient for the Discovery Sport.

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Land Rover sticks with conventional analog gauges.

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The dial shifter controls the nine speed automatic transmission, while buttons above set the Terrain Response System.

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The backup camera includes trajectory lines.

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The 8-inch touchscreen shows Land Rover's newest infotainment system.

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Land Rover's InControl Apps offers smartphone integration with the car.

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The offroad screen shows steering angle and differential lock status.

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An efficiency coach can help save gasoline.

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Land Rover puts all the audio sources on one menu, rather than splitting onboard media and radio.

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The now-playing screen is an example of intuitive interface design.

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