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Land Rover Discovery Sport review

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Land Rover Discovery Sport
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7 Mar 2017 14:46 | Last updated: 30 Oct 2018 16:59

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 running costs

The Discovery Sport is priced competitively against five-seat premium rivals such as the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, both of which are less practical. However, the Discovery Sport’s problem comes when you compare it with less premium alternatives, such as the Kia Sorento and Peugeot 5008, 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 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine emits a similar amount of CO2 as an equivalent X3 or Q5. Real-world economy is slightly disappointing, but not horrendously so.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 equipment

The entry-level Pure trim has some niceties, including part-leather upholstery, cruise control, rear parking sensors and an 8.0in colour touchscreen.

However, we’d jump to SE Tech as a minimum. That trim adds sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers, front parking sensors and a powered tailgate – all for a modest increase in price. But the most recommendable trim is HSE; this gets you electrically operated front seats, leather seats all round, xenon headlights, a reversing camera and a panoramic glass roof.

It’s too big a 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 improved functionality of the optional InControl Touch Pro infotainment system to the HSE trim instead.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 reliability

Land Rover didn’t do very well in our most recent reliability survey, where it ranked 31st out of the 32 manufacturers examined.

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 five and seven-year warranties respectively.

Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 safety and security

The 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.

Automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are standard across the range. Traffic sign recognition, which displays the speed limit, is optional on all but entry-level Pure and SE trims, while safety functions you can order include lane assist and blindspot warning.

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Verdict

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a cleverly packaged SUV that's practical, comfortable and good to drive.

  • Seven seats on most versions
  • Slow depreciation
  • Great driving position
  • Performance isn't as strong as the best like-for-like rivals
  • Expensive to buy on finance
  • Fiddly standard infotainment system
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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
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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
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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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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
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