What used Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 will I get for my budget?
Prices start at around £13,000, but this will only buy you a car with a higher than average mileage. Expect to pay at least £14,000 to £16,000 for a car with an average annual mileage and a full service history. This sort of money should get you a 2015 car. Up the wedge to between £18,000 and £20,000 and you'll find plenty of good 2016 cars under the same criteria.
Spend between £20,000 and £22,000 to get hold of a 2017 car with a lower mileage, while around £25,000 buys you a nice 2018 car. Spend between £25,000 and £28,000 on a 2019 car, and around £30,000 on a nearly new 2019 or 2020 model. For a 2021 or 2022 car, you'll need upwards of £40,000 in many cases.
Go for a petrol-engined variant and things are even worse: the 237bhp and 286bhp models return just 29.1mpg and 26.8mpg respectively.
From the newer and more realistic WLTP tests, the petrol P200 manage 30.1mpg combined, the 2.0 D150 2WD diesel 47.8mpg (four-wheel-drive versions get 40.9mpg), the 2.0 D180 39.6mpg, and the 2.0 D240 38.8mpg. Revised D165 and D200 models both do 41.4mpg, while the P300e plug-in hybrid should provide 36 miles of electric-only driving and 141mpg – but only if you charge the battery regularly.
CO2 emissions figures start at 123g/km for the entry-level eD4 and go up to 190g/km for the gutsiest petrol, with our preferred diesel engine coming in at 139g/km.
Road tax on cars registered before April 2017 varies depending upon the amount of CO2 produced, while all cars registered after this date will incur a flat rate fee. This is currently £165 a year. Be aware that cars costing over £40,000 when new (and many Discovery Sports were over this threshold) will also pay a supplementary luxury car tax between years two and six. This is currently £355 a year. Find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.
Servicing won't be cheap; main dealer servicing costs are high, and Land Rover doesn’t operate a specific scheme for cars more than three years old, so you won’t be able to take advantage when your car hits that age. That being the case, you might be better off finding an independent Land Rover specialist, of which there are fortunately plenty.