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3.7 out of 5 3.7
Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7

Stylish premium off-roader updated with new drivetrains, updated interior

Land Rover Discovery Sport (15 on) - rated 3.7 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £31,510 - £49,055
Lease from new From £354 per month
Used price £14,845 - £42,875
Used monthly cost £371 - £1,070
Fuel Economy 24.8 - 47.8 mpg
Road tax cost £125 - £465
Insurance group 24 - 40 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Premium appeal
  • Superbly comfortable
  • Brilliant off-road

CONS

  • Tight third row seat space
  • Thirsty engines
  • Historical reliability issues

Land Rover Discovery Sport rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

Having updated or revitalised most of its range in the last few years, Land Rover has finally applied the same procedure to its entry-level model. The Discovery Sport is now in its fourth year of production, but 2019’s update is more than just a nip-and-tuck – gaining plenty of new metal under the skin, an up-to-date interior and a brand new range of engines.

In fact, the thing that’s changed least is the car’s exterior, which simply has some of its features made sleeker 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?

New engines and under-the-skin tech

Despite the exterior of the car barely changing, underneath the bodywork Land Rover’s been hard at work. The entire front end of the Discovery Sport has been changed, in fact, and it’s now much more similar to the smaller Range Rover Evoque.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport interior

That means that it’s capable of sharing the Evoque’s engines, replacing the previous model’s rather more traditional units with far more up-to-date offerings.

A choice of three diesel and two petrol engines make up the range. All are four-cylinder units from Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium family, and all bar the entry-level 150hp 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.

Updated dashboard with new infotainment

Land Rover’s upgraded the Discovery Sport’s dashboard, addressing what was 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.

Are these significant under-the-skin changes allied with near-unchanged styling enough to maintain this popular model's position in the SUV market? Read on to find out...

Land Rover Discovery Sport rivals