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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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

Land Rover Discovery Sport (15 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Premium and classless appeal
  • In-car tech and family-friendly features
  • Great to drive on and off-road

CONS

  • Occasional rear-most seats
  • Not best for running costs
  • Expensive compared with rivals

PROS

  • Premium and classless appeal
  • In-car tech and family-friendly features
  • Great to drive on and off-road

CONS

  • Occasional rear-most seats
  • Not best for running costs
  • Expensive compared with rivals

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Now in its fourth year of production, Land Rover has given its popular entry-level model a mid-term facelift. 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. There are plenty of changes under the skin, though, including some interesting hybrid drivetrains and a higher-quality, better-equipped interior.

It's 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. Is the update going to be enough to keep it fresher and more desirable than its rivals?

What’s the Land Rover Discovery Sport like inside?

The Discovery Sport has a more compact footprint than most traditional seven-seat 4x4s, and that extra pair of seats for occasional passengers makes it more appealing than is larger rivals. In reality, it's not a true seven seater, and Land Rover acknowledges this, calling it a 5+2.

Land Rover says that the biggest change in the facelifted Discovery is the quality of the interior, and an early look certainly backs up that opinion. 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.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport interior

Land Rover Discovery Sport engines – new and old

Thanks to clever new hybrid technology, the facelifted 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.

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

At launch in 2015 the Discovery Sport was offered with a 2.2-litre diesel engine promising a claimed average of 46mpg. This is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a nine-speed automatic, along with four-wheel drive. A much more fuel-efficient version called the eD4 that emitted just 119g/km of CO2 (NEDC), up to 61mpg combined (WLTP), featuring front-wheel drive, was added in 2016. These are better numbers than the current version, but that's down to the way cars are tested now - the WLTP figures are far closer to real-world mpg.

On road agility and off-road ability

It’s a phrase that Land Rover believes underlines the fact the Discovery Sport is as capable off-road as you would expect of a vehicle carrying the green logo, while providing a great drive on tarmac.

It uses Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2.0 system as standard, which makes it easy for a driver to select the right set-up for different conditions under tyre including Snow, Mud and Sand. There’s also a suite of electronic systems to aid off-road including Hill Descent Control, Traction Control and Stability Control. Tested in very tricky off-road conditions the Discovery Sport inspires driver confidence and proves extremely capable.

Discovery Sport updated tech and 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 range and on-sale date

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport is available to order now, with deliveries by late in 2019, 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. Although it's orderable now from Land Rover, the old model is still readily available, so we're covering that model thoroughly in this review.

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.

Stay tuned for the full review update – read on for all the information about the existing Discovery Sport, which is still available until later in 2019

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