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Used test: Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Mercedes GLB verdict

As three-year-old used buys, these premium, seven-seat SUVs are £10,000 cheaper than their new car prices. Which should you buy? We have the answer...

Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Mercedes GLB

Our verdict

If this test involved the pre-refreshed Land Rover Discovery Sport, our verdict would follow a different path. Spoiler alert – our overall used review puts that version at three stars out of five. 

That's not the case with the example we have here, though, which has so much more going for it. The Mercedes GLB, despite having the better engine, infotainment and sharper handling, is flawed in some key areas where this Discovery Sport isn't, namely ride comfort and quietness. You'll find the Discovery Sport to be much more pleasant over long journeys – it's primed for the family holiday. It's the more polished car, hence it wins.

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1st – Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport front cornering

For Comfier ride; better driving position; more safety kit; quieter
Against Heavier fuel consumption; tighter third row; Land Rover’s reliability record

What Car rating 4 stars out of 5

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Mercedes GLB front cornering

For Stronger, more frugal engine; extra Isofix points; slicker infotainment; better brakes
Against Firm ride; noisier; desirable kit part of an expensive upgrade

What Car rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Land Rover Discovery Sport D180 AWD SE

Engine 4cyl, 1997cc, petrol
Power 178bhp at 4000rpm
Torque 317lb ft at 1500-3000rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 11.1sec
Top speed 125mph
Official fuel economy 39.9mpg 
Test MPG 33.2mpg
CO2 emissions 187g/km


Specifications: Mercedes GLB 220d 4Matic AMG Line Premium

Engine 4cyl, 1950cc, petrol
Power 187bhp at 3800rpm
Torque 295lb ft at 1600-2600rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 7.7sec
Top speed 135mph
Official fuel economy 47.9mpg 
Test MPG 40.4mpg
CO2 emissions 156g/km


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