Parkers overall rating: 3.7 out of 5 3.7

Should you buy a Land Rover Discovery Sport?

If you occasionally need seven seats and like premium badging, but don’t need a full-sized luxury SUV, the Land Rover Discovery Sport does a fairly convincing job of filling this niche. However, it’s far from a perfect car and potential owners should think hard about how much the badging means to them before opting for this over a more workaday model such as a Skoda Kodiaq.

There’s plenty that the Discovery Sport does well. From its tidy manners on-road to its unrivalled (in this class) prowess off it, there’s a lot to like about driving this car, and as a comfortable long-distance cruiser there’s little to rival it. The changes made for the facelift certainly makes the Discovery Sport feel more luxurious, which is just as well, as specifying one can become expensive.

But the car’s unenviable (for all the wrong reasons) reliability record is a worry. Though this facelifted model has plenty of new components, the poor reputation of the previous car must be taken into account. If you’re looking for a car to be as trouble-free as possible, you may be better off with the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and its longer five-year warranty.

However, we'd struggle to recommend a Discovery Sport with a petrol engine unless your mileage is exceptionally low. The diesels fare a lot better, but there are many more efficient choices out there. We’ll be interested to try the plug-in hybrid version of this car when it arrives, as it could fix our complaints on this front, and the fuel consumption and CO2 figures look really impressive.

Until the P300e PHEV comes on stream, the model we'd recommend is the 180hp diesel as it’s both muscular enough and refined, suiting the car’s luxurious nature. There might be a little less outright power compared to the petrol engines, but the torque makes the car far more responsive for more of the time when you need to build up momentum.

A mid-spec model has all the equipment you’ll need, although if you’re on a budget, the front-wheel drive manual D150 only comes as a five-seater, so bear that in mind if you need seven-seats.

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