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Land Rover Discovery Sport review

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Land Rover Discovery Sport
7 Mar 2017 14:46 | Last updated: 22 Aug 2018 15:56

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Our overall rating:Rated 4 out of 5

While the full-size Land Rover Discovery is as capable off road as it is comfortable and practical on it, it's always been a pricey purchase. The smaller Discovery Sport, then, is designed to bring similar qualities to a wider audience.

A replacement for the Freelander, which was discontinued in 2014, the Discovery Sport is based on the Range Rover Evoque. Yet, with the boxier lines of a traditional SUV, rather than the Evoques’s coupé-esque sillouette, the Discovery Sport is a proper family-friendly machine.

The 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine is the mainstay of the range. There are two other diesel options and, from 2017, a couple of 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol joined the line-up. You get the choice of five or seven seats, but being a Land Rover, four-wheel drive is available as standard on all but the entry-level diesel.

Even though it’s cheaper than the bigger Discovery, the Sport still fits into the premium sector, competing with similarly upmarket models such as the five-seat only Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

However, don’t forget that you can get similar-sized or bigger seven-seat rivals with more equipment for similar money. But you'd need to settle for a more mainstream badge, such as the Kia Sorento, Skoda Kodiaq or Peugeot 5008.

Read on for everything you need to know before buying a Discovery Sport, including which version to go for.

 

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There are 8 trims available for the Discovery Sport 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
HSE Dynamic Luxury
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Fuel Diesel
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HSE Luxury
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...View trim
Fuel Diesel
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£43,027
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Landmark
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£37,545
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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....View trim
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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 su...View trim
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SE Tech
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 headlig...View trim
Fuel Diesel
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SE
Has all the critical 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 h...View trim
Fuel Diesel
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Pure
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