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Used test: Honda CR-V vs Kia Sorento vs Land Rover Discovery Sport verdict

Buy any of these hybrid SUVs at three years old and you can save yourself a tidy sum on the cost of a new one. But which should you choose?...

New Kia Sorento and Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Honda CR-V rears

Our verdict

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is pretty practical, but this P200 version falls short of its superior diesel counterparts. Performance is sluggish and fuel economy is woeful. Pair that with a poorly resolved ride – in our test car's R-Dynamic S trim – and it places third.

It's a closer call between second and first. The Honda CR-V is incredibly economical, not to mention it'll cost you the least to buy. It lacks the third row of seats that its rivals bring to the table, though, and its infotainment system is far from slick. 

It'll cost you some extra cash over the CR-V, but we believe the Kia Sorento is a worthy upgrade. Its petrol engine, electric motor and gearbox work together smoothly to deliver punchy performance, while its interior is nicely made and ridiculously spacious. Kia's reliability record is very confidence inspiring, too. 

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1st – Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento 2021 side

For Best for interior space and third-row usability; best ride and handling balance; best infotainment
Against Driving position could be better; CR-V is cheaper to buy and run

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5 

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2nd – Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V 2021 side

For Best for fuel economy; gutsiest performance; best visibility; comfy ride
Against Poor infotainment; hybrid isn’t available with seven seats; engine noisy under hard acceleration

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5 

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3rd – Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport 2021 side

For Quietest at a cruise; flexible seating; holds its value the best; best for towing and off-roading
Against Lacklustre performance; unsettled ride; poor reliability record; priciest to own

What Car? says 3 stars out of 5 

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Specifications: Honda CR-V 2.0 i-MMD Hybrid AWD SR

Engine 4cyl, 1993cc, petrol, plus electric motor
Power 143bhp (petrol), 181bhp (electric)
Torque 129lb ft (petrol), 232lb ft (electric)
Gearbox CVT automatic
0-60mph 8.0sec
Top speed 112mph
Official economy 38.7mpg
Test economy 45.7mpg
CO2 emissions 166g/km

Specifications: Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDI HEV AWD 2

Engine 4cyl, 1598cc, turbo, petrol, plus electric motor
Power 226bhp 
Torque 258lb ft
Gearbox 6-spd automatic
0-60mph 8.3sec
Top speed 119mph
Official economy 40.9mpg
Test economy 37.9mpg
CO2 emissions 158g/km

Specifications: Land Rover Discovery Sport P200 AWD R-Dynamic S Plus 7-seat

Engine 4cyl, 1997cc, turbo, petrol
Power 197bhp 
Torque 236lb ft 
Gearbox 9-spd automatic
0-60mph 9.9sec
Top speed 128mph
Official economy 30.1mpg
Test economy 25.2mpg
CO2 emissions 211g/km