Which used Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 should I buy?
There’s a slightly confusing array of models to choose from, but the Land Rover Discovery Sport range kicks off with the Pure, which gets you air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors, part-leather seats and a DAB radio. Upgrade to SE and also you get heated front seats, a heated windscreen and dual-zone climate control, but still no sat-nav.
For that, you’ll need SE Technology, which also provides front parking sensors and a powered tailgate. It’s a sensible model to choose, but if you can spare the cash, we’d go one notch up again to the HSE, which gives you a good slug of equipment, including full leather upholstery, a panoramic roof, a rear-view camera, an upgraded sound system and keyless entry.
Further up the range sit three versions based on the HSE. HSE Black gives you an array of black styling addenda; HSE Luxury adds a host of extra toys like heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and air conditioning for the rearmost row of seats; and top-of-the-range HSE Dynamic Luxury gives you all those toys plus sportier styling. All of these models are particularly costly to buy used, though, and hard to find, so we recommend sticking with a lower-specification version.
As for engines, the fuel consumption advantage and saleability of a diesel is hard to ignore, so we’d discount the petrol models even though they’re punchy. The 178bhp TD4 is the one we’d choose; it doesn’t offer the best fuel consumption, but go for the less powerful engine and you’ll constantly be aching for more get-up-and-go, while the 237bhp diesel is fast but considerably thirstier.
Our favourite Land Rover Discovery Sport: HSE TD4 150 4WD