The Discovery Sport is priced competitively against five-seat only rivals such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Both of these German cars are less practical. However, the Sport’s problem comes when you compare it to less premium alternatives such as the Kia Sorento, where it suddenly looks expensive.
As long as you’re aware that you can get bigger seven-seat SUVs for less money, and are willing to pay the premium for the Discovery’s upmarket image, it makes decent financial sense. It will hold its value well and the 2.0-litre diesel engine emits a similar amount of CO2 as an equivalent BMW X3 or Audi Q5.
Real-world economy is slightly disappointing, but not horrendously so.
Even entry-level SE trim has all the essentials, including part-leather upholstery, climate and cruise controls, heated front seats, rear parking sensors and an 8.0in colour touchscreen.
The next trim up, SE Tech, adds sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, front parking sensors and a powered tailgate for a modest increase in price, although you still don’t get full leather seats or xenon headlights. It's well worth considering, although we reckon HSE is the best buy; this gets you electrically operated front seats, leather seats all round, xenon headlights, a reversing camera and a panoramic glass roof.
It’s a big price jump to higher-spec versions, so we’d say they’re best avoided. If you are happy to spend more money, consider adding the better functionality of the optional InControl Touch Pro infotainment system to the HSE trim instead.
Land Rover Discovery Sport reliability
It’s tricky to say how reliable the Discovery Sport will be, since the engines it uses are relatively new. However, in the most recent surveys, Land Rover has fared below average for the reliability of all its models combined, with electronic glitches a notable weak point.
A three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, which also includes UK and European roadside assistance, should provide some peace of mind. This is about par for the class, although the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento come with far longer five and seven-year warranties respectively.
Land Rover Discovery Sport safety & security
The Land Rover Discovery Sport sets the standard for safety in its class and achieved the full five stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests. An airbag springs up from the top of the bonnet to help reduce head injuries in the case of a pedestrian collision, while interior airbags include one for the driver’s knee, as well as airbags that cover the head, chest and side areas of those up front. There are head and side airbags for passengers in the middle row of seats, too.
An automatic emergency braking system and lane departure assist are other standard features that don't feature on all rivals. Traffic sign recognition, which displays the speed limit, is optional on all but base SE trim.
For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here
Has all the important features, including 18in alloys, part-leather upholstery, heated front seats and windscreen, rear parking sensors, a multi-function steering wheel and climate control. It also has an 8.0in colour touchscreen with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB socket.
This is the pick of the range and features sat-nav, a powered tailgate and front parking sensors on top of the standard SE features. However, you still don’t get full leather seats or xenon headlights.
Our pick HSE
A big price jump from SE Tech, but you do get a panoramic glass roof, 19in alloys, full leather upholstery, electrically adjustable front seats, a rear-view camera, an upgraded sound system with subwoofer and keyless entry. Our favourite trim.
As per the HSE but with (yep, you guessed it) lots of black styling touches, including 20in alloy wheels and privacy glass. The trim is available only with the 180 auto engine.
Everything you could want including 20in wheels, styling upgrades, an automatic parking system, even more seat adjustment for the front seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, USB ports in rows two and three, air-con for those in the third row, and online functions for the infotainment. It’s very expensive, though, so you’d be better off going for HSE or SE Tech, and adding a few choice options.
HSE Dynamic Lux
As per the HSE Luxury, but with heaps of styling tweaks. This trim is available only with the 180 auto and is far too pricey for us to recommend.