Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 3.3 - 4.1 mpp
Diesel engines 4.0 - 5.9 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 18.8 - 23.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 24.8 - 30.8 mpg
Diesel engines 32.1 - 47.8 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 141.0 - 173.8 mpg

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport rear dynamic

  • Poor fuel economy overall
  • Servicing costs are competitive
  • Diesel models now have larger fuel tank

How much does it cost to run?

The biggest change to the Land Rover Discovery Sport range in the 2019 facelift was the fitment of mild-hybrid technology (MHEV) onto all engines, bar the entry-level D165 with front-wheel drive. The firm claims the 48v system increases fuel economy by up to 7%, along with a 10g/km reduction in CO2 emissions. The stop-start system activates when the vehicle slows down below 10mph. Despite this, running costs for the Land Rover Discovery Sport aren’t anything to get excited about.

MPG and CO2

Figures are as follows under the latest WLTP regime:

Petrol:

  • 2.0 P200 MHEV AWD auto: 28.2-30.7mpg, 207-225g/km
  • 2.0 P250 MHEV AWD auto: 28.0-30.4mpg, 208-227g/km
  • 2.0 P290 MHEV AWD auto: 28.2-30.1mpg, 211-226g/km

Diesel:

  • 2.0 D165 FWD manual: 40.9-44.8mpg, 166-180g/km
  • 2.0 D165 MHEV AWD auto: 38.7-42.2mpg, 175-191g/km
  • 2.0 D200 MHEV AWD auto: 38.7-42.2mpg, 175-191g/km

Plug-in hybrid

  • 1.5 P300e PHEV AWD auto: up to 143.1mpg, 44g/km, EV range: 34 miles

During our spirited driving route we saw an average figure in the high-teens for the P250 petrol. That’s really poor for a comparatively small SUV, and can probably be accounted for by the car’s vast weight. Range-topping diesel models creep over 2,000kg, unladen – this car really is a porker.

The P200 fared a little better during our time of testing, but was still far short of the official figures, with an indicated 23.6mpg – disappointing, on a 68-mile route that consisted mostly of country lanes with an average speed of 30mph.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport AdBlue filler

You’d expect more, even if the MHEV system seemed to work a little better here than in the Evoque, switching the engine off sooner as you come to a stop with at least a noticeable degree of regenerative braking when off the accelerator pedal.

The diesels provide more palatable running costs even if they’re still not fantastic – especially when compared with a car like the Skoda Kodiaq which easily achieves in the mid-40s and beyond.

As you’d expect from a PHEV, you get great official fuel consumption and efficiency figures that look very enticing on paper, but that’s only achievable if you charge and make full use of the battery on each journey. Its EV-only range is good compared with other PHEV rivals at 34 miles, a figure which Land Rover says will cover most people’s daily commute.

During our time of testing, we managed mpg figures in the low 40s, achieved by driving in Hybrid mode. However, once the battery depleted and the P300e solely ran on the petrol engine, this figure dropped to the mid-20s on the motorway, as it charged the battery up at the same time.

As a result, our average figure was only 34mpg after a week of driving mostly on the motorway, highlighting the best use for a PHEV being on shorter journeys.

Further updates for the 2020 facelift model extended to the AdBlue tank increasing in capacity by 25%, meaning it’s now 17-litres (and it’s also a lot easier to fill than the last one), while the fuel tank increases by 20% to be 65-litres for the diesel and 67-litres for the petrol.

The plug-in hybrid P300 has the smallest tank, at 57 litres.

How reliable is it?

  • Earlier Discovery Sports were not reliable
  • Latest engine tech may fix diesel emissions issues
  • Land Rover doesn’t have the greatest reputation

The pre-facelift Discovery Sport notched up a fairly unenviable reputation for poor reliability. These related in the most part to the diesel emissions systems of the 2.0-litre diesel engine – they failed, contaminating the engine oil and potentially damaging the engine.

Land Rover offered a goodwill gesture to affected owners, but sadly that’s not been the last of the Discovery Sport’s issues. Disappointingly, many owners have reported creaks and rattles from brand new cars, and other issues such as balancer shaft bearing and diesel particulate filter (DPF) failure.

All of these you ought to bear in mind if considering a used Land Rover Discovery Sport – and if buying new, be sure to service the car within the terms of the warranty so that you have some cover should things go wrong.

You can read our owner’s reviews to see how some have fared, with a broad range of ratings given.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £135 - £520
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Insurance group 24 - 42
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