Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7

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

Petrol engines 5.3 - 6.6 mpp
Diesel engines 6.5 - 9.6 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 30.1 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 mpg
  • Poor fuel economy overall, PHEV not tested yet
  • Servicing costs are competitive
  • Diesel models now have larger fuel tank

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 D150 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 start-stop 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. Official fuel economy for the 250hp petrol that we drove is ranges between 28.3-30.5mpg – and on our spirited driving route we saw an average figure in the mid-teens. 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 claims between 28.5-30.8mpg and, during our time of testing, we saw an indicated 23.6mpg – from a 68-mile route that consisted mostly of country lanes with an average speed of 30mph.

The MHEV system here seemed to work a little better than the Evoque’s, in that it readily switched the engine off sooner as you came to a stop and there was at least a noticeable degree of engine braking as you lifted off the accelerator pedal.

Diesel fuel consumption

The diesels provide more palatable running costs with the D240 claiming a combined figure of 33.6-39.6mpg and the D180 with 37.2-40.4mpg. That’s still not fantastic, though, especially when compared with a car like the Skoda Kodiaq which easily achieves in the mid-40s and beyond.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport rear dynamic

The all-wheel drive D150 and its automatic gearbox claims to achieve between 37.5-40.9mpg. The very entry-level D150 with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox only gives you a fuel consumption figure of 47.8mpg, despite the absence of mild-hybrid assistance. 

PHEV fuel consumption and CO2

As you'd expect from a PHEV, you get great official fuel consumption and efficiency figures that look very enticing on paper. We shall see what they are like in the real world once we drive it. The Discovery Sport P300e delivers a combined (average) 175.5mpg and puts out 36g/km of CO2, which for city-dwellers looks very enticing. Its EV-only range is also good compared with other PHEV rivals at 38 miles, a figure which Land Rover says will cover most people's daily commute.

CO2 emissions for the rest of the Discovery Sport range go as low as 140g/km on the two-wheel drive D150, but opting for the range-topping P250 petrol will see this figure skyrocket to 185g/km, despite the mild-hybrid tech.

Further updates for the 2020 model extends 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.

Reliability

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

The pre-facelift Land Rover 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.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport AdBlue filler

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £125 - £475
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Insurance group 24 - 42
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