Land Rover Discovery Sport updated with new tech and hybrid engines

  • New models get updated infotainment and better cabin
  • Most are now mild hybrids, with a plug-in to follow
  • Styling left untouched, aside from new lights and bumpers

Now in its fourth year of production, Land Rover has seen fit to give its popular entry-level model a mid-life facelift. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is facing stiff opposition from premium rivals, such as the Volvo XC60 and the Audi Q5, as well as seven-seater opposition from the big players, such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and the brilliant Skoda Kodiaq.

Although it's a great off-roader that's also good to drive on the road, the Discovery Sport has dropped off the pace in terms of interior quality and tech. In its mid-life facelift, Land Rover is hoping to set that right, so the 2019 model gets an uprated cabin, with improved infotainment, updated tech and a much more upmarket feel.

It's certainly a subtle facelift. Not much has changed in the way it looks, with the basic overall style being left alone. It gets reprofiled front and rear bumpers, new front and rear LED lights and some revised alloy wheel designs. 

What’s the Land Rover Discovery Sport like inside?

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport interior

Land Rover says that the biggest change is the quality of the interior and that the introduction of more premium materials transforms the cabin. It gets new seats across each of the three rows and the additional ability to 40:20:40 split-fold-and-slide the centre bench.

The multimedia set-up has been upgraded to what Land Rover calls its digital Touch Pro infotainment system, which made its debut in the Range Rover Velar. It’s a widescreen system with a large landscape-format screen and is a vast improvement over what came before. You don’t get the nifty twin-screen set-up of the Velar, though.

You also get a smart rear view mirror - it displays video from a rear-mounted camera - like that fitted to the Range Rover Evoque, which usefully improves rear visibility when the boot is loaded or you have rear-seat passengers.

What other new tech is in the Land Rover Discovery Sport?

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport infotainment

You now get Ground View technology, which is Land Rover’s clever forward-view system. It uses projected camera imagery to offer a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle, which is displayed on the touchscreen. Other new features include wireless smartphone charging, a 4G WiFi hotspot, plus USB and 12-volt connectivity points on every row of seats. There’s also a reversing camera fitted as standard on all models.

Standard safety features include Lane-Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor. Optional extras include Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist. All incremental improvements that largely brings the Disco Sport up to the level of its rivals.

Land Rover Discovery Sport engines and transmissions

Thanks to clever new mild-hybrid technology, the Discovery Sport is more efficient than before. It now comes with 48-volt mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) powertrains, which debuted on the Range Rover Evoque on all but the two cheapest versions. The car can store energy in a battery pack normally lost while braking to assist starting and accelerating. It also promises to be smoother and quieter to drive around town thanks to the electrification.

There's a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with the most economical front-wheel drive D150 version delivering CO2 emissions from as low as 140g/km (NEDC) and up to 47.8mpg combined (WLTP). Land Rover says that a three-cylinder 1.5-litre plug-in hybrid will join the range in 2019.

Land Rover Discovery Sport engine line-up 

  • D150 front-wheel drive
  • D150 four-wheel drive
  • D150 MHEV front-wheel drive
  • D150 MHEV four-wheel drive
  • D180 MHEV four-wheel drive
  • D240 MHEV four-wheel drive
  • P200 MHEV four-wheel drive
  • P250 MHEV four-wheel drive

Improvements to the body and chassis have resulted in what Land Rover says is a significantly improved level of refinement and body control.

Land Rover Discovery Sport range and on-sale date

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is available to order now, with deliveries by early summer, priced from £31,575 for the standard front-wheel drive in D150 form. It,tops-out at £48,575 for the P250 in HSE R-Design guise.

Echoing the way Jaguar Land Rover now does things across both ranges, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in standard and R-Dynamic body variations, and each of those comes in S, SE and HSE trims. How can you tell a standard Discovery Sport from an R-Dynamic? Look for the sportier bumpers and body coloured sills and arches.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport rear view