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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 SD4 240 review - verdict

If the Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV suited your needs but wasn't quite quick enough, this new 237bhp diesel engine might cause you to reconsider

Words ByJohn Howell

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 SD4 240

The TD4 180 engine, despite having similar quoted power to rivals, such as the Q5 2.0 TDI 190 and BMW X3 20d, never got near to matching them on pace. This new SD4 240 engine certainly provides some welcome extra zip, but even so, it only just outpaces them.

And that performance comes at a cost. CO2 emissions are bumped up to 169g/km, so if you’re a company car driver, the more efficient Q5 and X3 – each producing 132g/km – will save you a tidy sum in company car tax. And anyone who pays for their own fuel will have to stomach claimed combined fuel consumption of 44.1mpg – that’s pretty dire next to the 56.5mpg those same two rivals will manage.

So, while we like the way this new engine drives (bar the usual gearbox issues), unless you’re really bothered about being beaten away from the lights, we’d still recommend you opt for the more efficient and still excellent 2.0 TD4 180 engine instead.

You can read our full Land Rover Discovery Sport review here


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Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Audi Q5 2.0 TDI 190 S tronic

BMW X3 20d xDrive


Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 SD4 240 HSE Luxury

Price Β£47,895 Engine 4cyl, 1999cc, diesel Power 237bhp at 4000rpm Torque 369 lb ft at 1500rpm Gearbox 9-spd automatic 0-60mph 7.1sec Top speed 127mph Official economy 44.1mpg CO2, tax band 169g/km, 35%

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