3.8 out of 5 3.8
Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Premium off-roader with seven seats

Land Rover Discovery Sport (15 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £33,485 - £53,510
Used price £12,140 - £53,460
Fuel Economy 24.8 - 173.8 mpg
Road tax cost £135 - £520
Insurance group 24 - 42 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Stylish, premium appeal
  • Brilliant off-road, good on-road
  • PHEV version now available

CONS

  • Tight third row seat space
  • Thirsty petrol engines
  • Questionable reliability

Land Rover Discovery Sport rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

Is the Land Rover Discovery Sport any good?

The Discovery Sport is in the best shape it’s ever been. Thanks to a comprehensive update in 2020, this practical family SUV gained plenty of new tech under the skin, an improved interior and a new range of engines, including an advanced plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version.

In fact, the thing that changed least is the car’s exterior, with some sleeker design tweaks to better fit Land Rover’s latest design language.

But the Discovery Sport has more competition than ever – with premium SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC appealing to the heart, while practical but cheaper rivals such as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Skoda Kodiaq offer the same blend of seven-seat practicality in a good-to-drive and modern package. Can the upgraded Discovery Sport really compete?

Read the Land Rover Discovery Sport verdict

What’s it like inside?

The 2020 update saw Land Rover upgrade the Discovery Sport’s dashboard, addressing one of the pre-facelift car’s weakest points. In place of the ugly button-fest and small, tricky-to-use touchscreen you’ll now find the very latest Land Rover infotainment system and a large multi-function panel that houses both climate controls and driving functions.

It’s here where you’ll find the dial for Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system, as well – a brilliantly intuitive way of dealing with the car’s various off-road settings. The Discovery Sport remains amazingly capable off the beaten track, as you’d expect for a Land Rover – it will certainly cope with just about anything that most owners can throw at it.

Read more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport interior

What’s it like to drive?

Despite the familiar outer look, Land Rover’s been hard at work underneath, and it’s now much more similar to the smaller, and newer Range Rover Evoque up front. That means it’s capable of sharing far more up-to-date engines, replacing the previous model’s rather more traditional offerings.

A choice of three diesel, two petrol engines and one plug-in hybrid make up the range. All bar the entry-level D165 diesel feature all-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox and mild-hybrid technology. This uses a small battery and motor not to power the car directly, but to improve fuel economy by aiding the engine and allowing its stop-start system to cut in earlier.

The plug-in hybrid P300e, uses a 200hp three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine, and combines that with a 109hp electric motor to create a 309hp. It’s a four-wheel drive system, although unlike the non-PHEV versions, has an electrically-powered rear axle. This is said to maintain off-road capability but massively improve efficiency.

What models and trims are available?

As with most Land Rover models, there’s an extensive trim level line-up to pick from, starting with standard entry-level model, moving up to Urban Edition, R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and Sport Black. 

All are generously equipped, but you’ll need to opt for Urban Edition and up to get the sportier exterior with black highlights and larger wheels.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Land Rover Discovery Sport including its practicality and how much it costs to run.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport rivals