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Once Launched in Europe the Discovery Sport will be offered with a rather conventional (SNOB!) 6 speed manual and the ZF 9 speed we've seen in the Evoque.

Expect that to shirk to the lone ZF once it paddles across to North American shores...
 

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I'd like the 6-speed manual for about a week, and then tire of the clutch pedal. The ZF 9-speed is truly a superb transmission, and clearly the best choice for this sort of vehicle.
 

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Exactly. When I want the power to overtake a slower car on the other lane, I get nothing. When I just want to move up closer to another car on a ferry to park, the car just bursts to maximum torque almost rear-ending the car in front.

Come on, man....work with me!
 

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ZF 9 speed needs a software update- badly

I've had my 2016 DiscoSport for a month after coming from a BMW 328 and Jag XF. I've really had to alter my driving style to compensate for the lousy transmission tuning and turbo-lag. Sport mode is the ONLY way to drive this car, but it doesn't address the problem of needing power when I want it= lane change; on-ramping, etc. I wish ZF and LR would read the reviews and offer a software tweak. It can't be that hard.
 

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I've had my 2016 DiscoSport for a month after coming from a BMW 328 and Jag XF. I've really had to alter my driving style to compensate for the lousy transmission tuning and turbo-lag. Sport mode is the ONLY way to drive this car, but it doesn't address the problem of needing power when I want it= lane change; on-ramping, etc. I wish ZF and LR would read the reviews and offer a software tweak. It can't be that hard.
You might want to take it to service - there is a powertrain and ECU fix for this long standing issue.

You should have received a letter from JLR.

I came from BMW and thought the same of the DS when I first picked her up but after the recent dealer service, it now drives like my BMW.
 

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I did as you suggested, and brought the car back to the dealer. All software updates had been done prior to delivery and "No faults were found". For whatever reason they couldn't clear the transmission adaptations so I guess I'll just have to adapt myself. I have found that driving in Eco+Sport tames the jumpiness a little bit. I need to drive it that way a little longer to see if that works better for me.
 

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I had the update done for the transmission and it really improved the day to day smoothness of the shift points. I have noticed that when I'm using cruise control going up big hills that I'll lose 2 mph instead of just 1 now before it shifts to recover. I find that I need to use the shift paddles less often than before. I have mine set up for the shift paddles in D as well as S mode. I don't like the ECO mode on this vehicle as it feels sluggish to respond and honestly don't feel like it improves my overall MPG that much.
 
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