LAND ROVER

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT SW 1.5 P300e R-Dynamic SE 5dr Auto [5 Seat]

Fuel

FuelPetrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.6s

EC Combined (mpg)

EC Combined-

For quite a few buyers of Land Rover's Discovery Sport, this P300e PHEV plug-in hybrid derivative will make more sense than the conventional petrol and diesel variants. It mates a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol unit putting out 197hp with a 107hp electric motor and can offer an electric driving range of up to 38 miles, with CO2 emissions of just 36g/km. As with all plug-ins, there's an inevitable price premium to pay for the extra technology and the electrified packaging means you can't have a third seating row. But you do at least get all the same off road ability as with the standard car.

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For quite a few buyers of Land Rover's Discovery Sport, this P300e PHEV plug-in hybrid derivative will make more sense than the conventional petrol and diesel variants. It mates a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol unit putting out 197hp with a 107hp electric motor and can offer an electric driving range of up to 38 miles, with CO2 emissions of just 36g/km. As with all plug-ins, there's an inevitable price premium to pay for the extra technology and the electrified packaging means you can't have a third seating row. But you do at least get all the same off road ability as with the standard car.

Background

One of the main reasons that Land Rover went to all the trouble of fitting a completely fresh 'PTA' or 'Premium Transverse Architecture' front structure to its Discovery Sport SUV was so that it could create this variant, the P300e PHEV version. The Solihull maker's existing Ingenium four cylinder 2.0-litre petrol unit was too old to be converted to a PHEV format, so a completely fresh three cylinder 1.5-litre Ingenium turbo petrol engine had to be created for it. A huge engineering effort's gone in to bring this variant to market. How does it stack up?

Driving Experience

The Discovery Sport PHEV is the quickest variant in the line-up, able to manage 62mph from rest in just 6.2s and reach 84mph on electric power alone. Above this speed, the electric motor is decoupled to reduce drag and the car reverts to front wheel drive. Obviously, if you use this model's reserves of performance too often, you'll very quickly deplete the all-electric driving range, WLTP-rated at 38 miles. Mated to an eight-speed auto gearbox, this model's three cylinder 1.5-litre engine puts out 197bhp, its efforts further aided by a 107bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle which delivers AWD capability and creates a total system output of 296bhp, with 540Nm of torque. The electric motor is powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. The 1.5-litre engine has been designed with an optimised exhaust gas flow system which improves turbo response and Land Rover claims that there's no refinement downside with the switch to a three cylinder format. Finally, the brand reckons that the PHEV system's seamless control between the front and rear axles makes this plug-in variant even better than a conventional model off the beaten track. Certainly, you'll damage any direct rival if you attempt to take it anywhere near what this Discovery Sport can do 'off piste'. That's thanks to 212mm of ground clearance, 600mm of wading depth capability and an evolved 'Terrain Response 2' driving mode system which sets the car up perfectly for the type of ground you're travelling over.

Design and Build

Often with PHEV models, we're told that there are 'no packaging compromises' and generally in this case, that's broadly true, though one major drawback is that a buyer of a Discovery Sport plug-in hybrid won't be able to have the usual third seating row in this model. At least luggage space is largely unaffected, thanks to the way that the exhaust has been packaged down the side of the car, giving the engineers room to insert all the necessary power electronics without intruding on passenger room or cargo room. That also meant that the development team were able to use the whole width of the vehicle for the PHEV battery and the fuel tank - which is why the fuel tank size (57-litres) is unusually large for a plug-in hybrid model. Another reason why second row passenger space isn't compromised here is that the rear axle's electric drive unit slots between the integral-link rear suspension and needs no physical propshaft. Basically, everything's under the car, so the overhangs and ground clearance are exactly the same as in a normal Discovery Sport. And it's still possible to have a spare wheel, which is unusual in a PHEV. If you're not familiar with the usual version of the much improved version of the model, though the exterior styling is quite familiar, you'll find the cabin layout very different thanks to the introduction of a larger 'Touch Pro' 10.25-inch centre-dash screen and, on plusher versions, a customisable 12.3-inch 'Interactive Driver Display' replaces the usual instrument binnacle dials. There's comfortable room for a couple of adults in the back and a large 840-litre boot, extendable to a 'wet' total capacity of 1,794-litres.

Market and Model

Prices for this 309hp Discovery Sport PHEV sit in the £45,000 to £51,000 bracket and there's a choice of three core trim levels, 'R-Dynamic S', 'R-Dynamic SE' and 'R-Dynamic HSE'. To give you some range perspective, those figures represent a premium of around £3,000 over the nearest equivalent conventional petrol model, the 250hp P250 variant in equivalent R-Dynamic form. If you happen to be looking at the core diesel Discovery Sport model, the mid-range D180 (which has just 180hp but comparable levels of torque to the PHEV), the premium for an upgrade to plug-in motoring would be just under £3,000. As those trim level designations suggest, all versions come only with the 'R-Dynamic' pack which is normally a £1,500 option on the Discovery Sport. This includes restyled bumpers and a smarter alloy wheel style, plus special bonnet and tailgate script and a front grille with 'Shadow Atlas' finishing and a gloss black surround. Inside, the 'R-Dynamic' pack gives you 'Ebony'-trimmed seats with red stitching, 'Titanium Mesh' trim finishing, black gearshift paddles and branded metal treadplates. Standard kit across the range includes LED auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, alloy wheels of at least 18-inches in size, ambient cabin lighting, dual-zone climate control, and a heated windscreen. Plus perforated leather, electrically adjustable front seats, an infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, auto dimming on the side mirrors and rear-view mirror, and traffic sign recognition with an adaptive speed limiter.

Cost of Ownership

Let's reaffirm the WLTP cycle stats that may well sell you on the idea of running one of these: between 36-44g/km of CO2, up to 175.5mpg on the combined cycle and a 38 mile all-electric driving range. That emissions figure means a notably low Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating. The charging port for the Samsung-sourced 15kWh battery pack is on the rear wing (on the opposite side to the petrol filler flap) and charging from a 7kW garage AC wallbox can be done from 0-80% in 1 hour and 24 minutes. DC fast-charging (up to 32kW) can reduce this 0-80% fill period to just half an hour. Charge from a domestic 3-pin plug via a Mode 2 cable and the process will take 6 hours and 42 minutes. The PHEV model's engine is 37kg lighter than the Discovery Sport's conventional 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol unit and works with extremely low levels of internal friction. Incorporated within the PHEV system is a belt-integrated starter-generator, which allows energy regeneration whilst braking or coasting. The Aisin auto gearbox helps out too, saving 5kgs of weight over the ordinary model's ZF-sourced 9-speed auto. As usual with a Discovery Sport, a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty comes as standard, with further extensions available if you want them.

Summary

We're a touch disappointed that this PHEV variant's clever tech couldn't have been built into a 7-seat version of this car but otherwise, there's lots to like about the Disco Sport in P300e guise. Everything here represents new technology for the Land Rover brand - mechanicals, software, the lot and it's taken the company around four years to create everything from scratch, then decide how it should optimally function with the vehicle control systems that work in harmony with the front and rear axle in the much improved version of this Solihull SUV. We're extremely impressed by the end result, an uncommonly well developed piece of PHEV engineering. Yes, there's a premium to pay over a conventional 2.0-litre petrol version of this car, but we think it'd be well worth paying. In any case, you'd get most of that extra outlay back over a typical ownership period in terms of running cost and taxation savings, plus stronger end residuals. Whether this P300e model makes more sense than a diesel Discovery Sport might be a harder call to make but if the figures stack up for you, then the opportunity for a long overdue switch from the black pump might finally have arrived.

  • Rear wiper
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers

  • Hill launch assist
  • Brake hold function
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Hill descent control
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme + traction control
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)

  • Coil suspension system
  • All terrain progress control
  • Terrain Response 2

  • Apple CarPlay
  • InControl remote premium
  • Android Auto

  • Blind spot assist
  • Wade Sensing
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear view camera
  • Power assisted steering
  • Front and rear parking aid
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter

  • 3D Surround Camera with 360 View, 180 Rear View, Front Traffic Detection, Forward Vehicle Guidance, Tow Hitch Assist and clear sight Ground View
  • Powered tailgate/boot lid

  • Clear exit monitor
  • Pivi Pro connected navigation system with upgraded Infotainment
  • Interactive driver display
  • Service interval indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Driver condition monitor
  • 10" touch screen

  • Door mirror memory
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with approach lights

  • Centre stack rails in noble chrome

  • Public charging cable

  • Digital Audio Broadcast radio-DAB
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming

  • Fixed panoramic sunroof with powered sunblind

  • Rear fog lights
  • Automatic headlight levelling
  • Automatic headlights

  • Tilt/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Centre console with armrest
  • Satin chrome gearshift paddles
  • Bright metal pedals

  • Online pack - Discovery sport
  • Black exterior pack - Discovery sport

  • Pedestrian airbag system
  • Side and curtain airbags for front and 2nd row seats
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats

  • Rear headrests
  • Front passenger isofix child seat attachment
  • Rear seat ISOFIX

  • Battery Back Up System (BBUS) with tilt sensor
  • Intrusion sensor
  • Locking wheel nuts

  • Trailer stability control

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 402
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 7
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 60
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): 30
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: 50
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: 0-80
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 12.2
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 34
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 34
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 34

  • CO2 (g/km): 48
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 44
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 44
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 44

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1498

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 141
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 141
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 141

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 41E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 69
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 82
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: R-Dynamic SE[5 Seat]
  • Coin Description: P300e
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 398
  • Engine Torque - NM: 540
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.6
  • Top Speed: 130
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 55.1

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPLIT SPOKE STYLE 5089
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R20

  • Width (including mirrors): 2173
  • Height: 1727
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4597
  • Width: 2069
  • Wheelbase: 2741

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2093
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2750
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 57
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 963
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 657
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1574
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8

  • Privacy glass: £420
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220
  • Heated windscreen including heated washer jets: Included

  • Red brake calipers: £310

  • Carpet mats: Included
  • Premium carpet mats: £220

  • Configurable dynamics: £225

  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £300

  • Rear collision monitor: £0
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £0

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £210
  • Click and go integrated base unit: £220

  • Wifi enabled with data plan: £440
  • Head up Display: £610
  • Secure tracker: £340
  • Secure tracker pro: £520

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror: Included
  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror: £525

  • Gloss black trim finisher: £0
  • Titanium mesh trim finisher: £255
  • Gloss charcoal oak veneer: £255
  • Natural shadow oak trim veneer: £255
  • Shadow aluminium trim finisher: Included

  • Home charging cable: £300

  • Sound system with 6 speakers and 8 channel amp: Included
  • Meridian sound system with 12 speakers + subwoofer 400W: £630
  • Meridian surround sound system with 14 speakers + Subwoofer 650W: £1,260

  • P300e badge: Included
  • No badges: £0
  • Black contrast roof: £610
  • Grey contrast roof: £610
  • Metal tread plates with R Dynamic branding: Included
  • Illuminated metal front tread plates with R dynamic branding: £100
  • Body coloured roof: Included
  • Metallic paint: £705
  • Solid paint: Included
  • SE badge: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £970

  • Front fog lights: £195
  • Headlight power wash: £205
  • Premium LED headlights with signature DRL, front and rear animated directional indicators: Included
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL, front and rear animated directional indicators and intelligent high beam assist: £790
  • Auto high beam assist: Included

  • Two zone climate control with second row vents: Included
  • Two zone climate control with second row vents and temperature control: £205
  • Cabin Air Purification System with PM2.5 filter: £335

  • Perforated full leather steering wheel: £100
  • Front and rear 12V with front USB: Included
  • Front and rear 12V and USB with loadspace USB: £100
  • Suedecloth steering wheel: £0
  • Loadspace partition net: £105
  • Loadspace storage rails with luggage retention kit: £305
  • Luxtec/Suede cloth upholstery: £0
  • Electrically adjustable steering column: £300
  • Heated steering wheel: £230
  • Manually adjustable steering column: Included
  • Perforated leather steering wheel: Included
  • Windsor leather upholstery: £1,445
  • Ebony headlining: Included
  • Grained Leather upholstery: Included
  • Light oyster headlining: £0

  • Ambient lighting: Included
  • Premium cabin lighting: £220

  • Technology pack - Discovery Sport SE/R-Dynamic SE: £1,000
  • Convenience pack - Discovery Sport SE/HSE/R-Dynamic SE/R-Dynamic HSE: £720
  • Hot climate pack - Discovery Sport: £530
  • Premium upgrade interior pack - Discovery Sport R-Dynamic S/R-Dynamic SE: £450
  • Family pack - Discovery Sport P300e R-Dynamic SE: £960
  • Driver assist pack - Discovery Sport SE/R Dynamic SE: £750
  • Smokers pack - Discovery Sport: £40

  • Metallic - Yulong white: £705
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £705
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £705
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £705
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £705
  • Metallic - Byron Blue: £705
  • Metallic - Hakuba silver: £705

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £970
  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £970
  • Premium metallic - Namib orange: £970

  • High speed emergency braking: £0

  • 12 way heated electric memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: Included
  • 14 way heated electric memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: £200
  • 14 way heated and cooled electric adjustable memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: £1,060
  • 14 way heated and cooled electric adjustable memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests and massage function: £1,920
  • 14 way heated electric adjustable memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests and massage function: £1,060
  • Heated manual slide and recline rear seats: £330
  • Manual slide and recline rear seats: Included

  • Activity key: £320
  • Keyless entry: £420

  • Detachable towbar: £715
  • Electrically deployable towbar: £1,035
  • Advanced tow assist: £355

  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Ebony with Mars red stitch, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Ebony with Mars red stitch, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining: £0
  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Light oyster/Ebony duotone with light oyster stitch, Ebony/Light Oyster colour way, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Light oyster/Ebony duotone with light oyster stitch, Ebony/Light Oyster colour way, Light oyster headlining: £0

  • Grained leather - Ebony with Mars red stitch, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Grained leather - Ebony with Mars red stitch, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining: £0
  • Grained leather - Light oyster/Ebony duotone with light oyster stitch, Ebony/Light Oyster colour way, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Grained leather - Light oyster/Ebony duotone with light oyster stitch, Ebony/Light Oyster colour way, Light oyster headlining: £0
  • Windsor Leather - Ebony with Mars red stitch, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining: £1,445
  • Windsor Leather - Ebony with Mars red stitch, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining: £1,445
  • Windsor Leather - Light oyster/Ebony duotone with light oyster stitch, Ebony/Light Oyster colour way, Ebony headlining: £1,445
  • Windsor Leather - Light oyster/Ebony duotone with light oyster stitch, Ebony/Light Oyster colour way, Light oyster headlining: £1,445

  • Summer tyres: £0

  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5074: £0
  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5075: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5076: £0
  • 18" 5 spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5088: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheels - Style 5089: £340
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5089: £685
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5089: £685
  • 20" 5 split spoke satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 5076: Included

  • Reduced section steel spare wheel: £170
  • 20" full size alloy spare wheel: £775
  • 18" full size spare alloy wheel: £570
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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