0 - 62 mph10.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2179 g/km

Land Rover's Discovery Sport was a big success in its original form, with almost 100,000 examples sold in the UK alone. But competitors in the SUV 'D'-segment for 7-seat family Crossovers have caught up. Hence the need for this revised model, which now gets a full range of mild hybrid diesel engines and upgraded infotainment. It's still the class of the field if you ever need to go off road. But now it pleases more in many other ways too.


Land Rover reckons that this Discovery Sport is the most versatile premium compact SUV currently on sale. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the revised version.

Ten Second Review

Land Rover's Discovery Sport was a big success in its original form, with almost 100,000 examples sold in the UK alone. But competitors in the SUV 'D'-segment for 7-seat family Crossovers have caught up. Hence the need for this revised model, which now gets a full range of mild hybrid diesel engines and upgraded infotainment. It's still the class of the field if you ever need to go off road. But now it pleases more in many other ways too.


You hesitate to think of where Land Rover might be now without the Discovery Sport. It's one of the key models that's kept JLR going over the last five years and in the current climate, this car needs to pull its weight in the showroom more than ever. Which is a big ask, given that since the original launch in 2014, direct rivals like Volkswagen's Tiguan Allspace, Peugeot's 5008, SEAT's Tarraco and a new more up-market version of Hyundai's Santa Fe have all arrived to deliver an alternative to what the Discovery Sport can offer. So Land Rover has set out to take the lead once more in this class, primarily with a fresh range of electrified engines. But also with a smarter cabin, extra technology and stronger standards of safety.

Driving Experience

This car might look the same but under the skin, it's actually a lot different thanks to the adoption of what Land Rover calls 'Premium Transverse Architecture'. This not only makes the body stronger and safer but has also allowed the brand to fit a sophisticated range of 'MHEV' mild hybrid engines, plus there's now a Plug-in hybrid option too. Basically, the same powerplant options already offered in the Range Rover Evoque. These 48-volt units use energy recouped during braking to reduce load on the powerplant under acceleration, while letting the engine cut out from deceleration below 11mph and give near-instantaneous restarts as needed. All models now feature the MHEV tech and have to have AWD and an automatic gearbox. There are D165 and D200 diesel options, the figures designating the hp output. And there are three conventional petrol options, the P200, the P250 and the P290. There's also a Plug-in P300e PHEV variant, which pairs an electric motor with a three cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine and offers a 38-mile WLTP-rated electric driving range. Whatever engine suits, you'll find this car's class-leading towing and off road ability as good as ever. It can tow up to 2.5-tonnes. And 'off piste' prowess is enhanced thanks to an improved 'Terrain Response 2' system that automatically detects the surface you're driving over and adjusts torque delivery to best suit the conditions.

Design and Build

At first glance, this improved Discovery Sport looks little different to the original model. If you take a second look though and you happen to be familiar with this car, the changes will become more obvious. Trademark Discovery design cues, including the clamshell bonnet, rising beltline and tapered roof remain, but the detail features have changed. For instance, there are re-styled signature LED headlamps at the front and rear, alongside an updated front grille and bumpers. Inside, the standardisation of Land Rover's latest 'Pivi' and 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system makes a big difference. There are more intuitive menus and online media services include Spotify integrated directly within the infotainment menu for the first time. Plus there's Bluetooth connectivity for two phones at once, along with wireless charging and a signal-boosting option. A dual-modem embedded SIM allows over-the-air software updates too. The inclusion of more premium materials throughout also helps with the more premium feel and there's a new Cabin Air Filtration system. All the seats have been completely re-designed for improved comfort and versatility. And the second row bench gets 40:20:40 split fold and slide functionality, enabling a more flexible seating arrangement with up to 24 possible combinations. The brand says there's more luggage space too; with all the seats folded, there's now 1,794-litres of capacity. That's up from 1,698-litres previously. As before, the third row seats are strictly for small children only. But we like the way that the second row bench has been raised 5cms higher than the front chairs to give occupants a better view out.

Market and Model

Discovery Sport pricing now starts from around £37,000, which is quite a lot, but at least the entry level figure (for the base D165 diesel variant) now gets you a car with the three things that most Disco Sport customers want, namely seven seats, automatic transmission and AWD. Add a premium of nearly £3,000 to that if you want the mid-range D200 diesel. The P200 petrol model starts at around £37,000; you'll need around £4,400 more for the mid-range P250 and nearly £50,000 for the top P290 model, which comes only in sporty-looking 'SportBlack' trim. Various trim levels are offered across the line-up - base 'Discovery Sport', then 'S', 'SE' and 'HSE', plus there are various 'R-Dynamic' options if you want something that looks a bit sportier. You have to have 'R-Dynamic'-spec if you want the P300e PHEV Plug-in hybrid version which is priced from around £47,000. Various nice touches have been added to the range for you to specify. We'd take a look at the brand's 'Ground View' technology. This uses camera imagery that offers a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle, projected on to the centre-dash touchscreen. You can also now add in a wireless 'phone charger and create a 4G WiFi hotspot.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP figures. The D165 diesel MHEV 48V mild hybrid variant that most buyers will choose manages a WLTP-rated combined cycle fuel return of just under 50mpg and a CO2 reading from 180g/km. The D200 MHEV version manages around 40mpg and from 181g/km. As mentioned elsewhere in this report, the conventional petrol units benefit from MHEV too and that makes them a far more credible option when it comes to running costs than would previously have been the case. The P200 variant manages up to 30.3mpg on the combined cycle and 213g/km of CO2 emissions. While the P250 manages up to 29.9mpg and 215g/km. The P290 manages 217g/km. The P300e PHEV plug-in version manages 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. With all the conventional AWD petrol and diesel models, a more sophisticated 'Active Driveline' system ensures that you spend more time in efficient two wheel drive when extra traction isn't needed. Residuals should be reasonably strong; certainly better than the volume brand alternatives in this segment.


In theory, there are lots of competitors for this car. But loyal Disco Sport buyers don't tend to consider them. That's partly because 'D'-segment SUV 7-seat rivals from Volkswagen, Peugeot, SEAT, Hyundai and Kia don't have Land Rover's brand equity. Partly because they can't tow as effectively. And partly because they can't hold a candle to this car off road. There were issues with the original version of this car though, primarily in the way that it's fuel and CO2 emissions lagged behind the opposition. So the adoption of mild hybrid 48-volt tech in this revised model is welcome. Rivals are still more frugal, but Land Rover has closed the gap. The cabin improvements and the extra technology features will help this car in the showroom too. If you wanted one of these before, you'll want it even more now. And if you didn't, it might be worth taking another look. 'Above and beyond' was the objective in re-developing this model. In considering the end result, you'd have to say that mission's been accomplished.

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

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

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

  • Apple CarPlay
  • InControl remote premium
  • Android Auto

  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear view camera
  • Power assisted steering
  • Front and rear parking aid
  • Wade Sensing

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

  • Service interval indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Driver condition monitor
  • 10" touch screen

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

  • Diesel particulate filter

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

  • No badges

  • Rear fog lights
  • Automatic headlights

  • Tilt/reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Centre console with armrest

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

  • Front passenger isofix child seat attachment
  • Third row dual adjustable seats
  • Rear headrests
  • Rear seat ISOFIX

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

  • Trailer stability control

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 179
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 191
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 179
  • HC: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1997
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 41.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 41.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 38.9

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 27E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • 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: 163
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Description: D165
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.6
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 280
  • Engine Torque - NM: 380
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 38.7

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE STYLE 1005

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

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 840
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 797
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1953
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2750
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1451
  • 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

  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £300

  • Rear collision monitor: £0
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £0
  • Blind spot assist: £0
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter: £255
  • Rear traffic monitor: £0

  • Powered tailgate/boot lid: £425
  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £210
  • Click and go integrated base unit: £220
  • Manual tailgate: Included

  • Wifi enabled with data plan: £440
  • Secure tracker pro: £520
  • Rear animated directional indicators: £50
  • Pivi Pro connected navigation system with upgraded Infotainment: £850
  • Interactive driver display: £510
  • Head up Display: £610
  • Secure tracker: £340
  • Clear exit monitor: £0
  • Analogue dials with 7" central TFT display: Included

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

  • Gloss black trim finisher: Included
  • Gloss charcoal oak veneer: £255
  • Natural shadow oak trim veneer: £255
  • Shadow aluminium trim finisher: £179
  • Titanium mesh trim finisher: £255

  • Pivi Infotainment System: Included
  • 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

  • Fixed panoramic sunroof with powered sunblind: £1,150
  • Metal tread plates with brand name script: £205
  • Black contrast roof: £610
  • Grey contrast roof: £610
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with brand name script: £355
  • Body coloured roof: Included
  • Metallic paint: £705
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £970

  • Automatic headlight levelling: £0
  • LED Headlights: Included
  • Front fog lights: £195
  • Headlight power wash: £205
  • Manual headlight levelling: Included
  • Auto high beam assist: £155
  • Premium LED headlights with signature DRL, front and rear animated directional indicators: £1,020
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL, front and rear animated directional indicators and intelligent high beam assist: £1,840

  • Two zone climate control with second row vents: Included
  • Two zone climate control with second row vents and temperature control: £205
  • Cooling vents in third row: £200
  • Cabin Air Purification System with PM2.5 filter: £335

  • Front and rear 12V and USB with loadspace USB: £100
  • Front and rear 12V with front USB: Included
  • Suedecloth steering wheel: £0
  • Luxtec/Suede cloth upholstery: £2,060
  • Satin chrome gearshift paddles: £250
  • Electrically adjustable steering column: £300
  • Bright metal pedals: £155
  • Loadspace partition net: £105
  • Loadspace storage rails with luggage retention kit: £305
  • Leather steering wheel: Included
  • Cloth upholstery: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £230
  • Full leather steering wheel: £100
  • Manually adjustable steering column: Included
  • Ebony headlining: £245
  • Grained Leather upholstery: £2,060
  • Light oyster headlining: Included

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

  • Online pack - Discovery sport: £140
  • Business pack - Discovery Sport: £1,140
  • Blind spot assist pack - Discovery sport: £500
  • Driver assist pack - Discovery Sport/S/R-Dynamic S/R-Dynamic S Plus/R-Dynamic Black: £1,350
  • Family pack with Cooling vents in third row - Discovery Sport/S: £1,900
  • Black exterior pack - Discovery sport: £580
  • Technology pack - Discovery Sport/S/R-Dynamic S: £1,360
  • Convenience pack - Discovery Sport/S/R-Dynamic S: £1,020
  • Hot climate pack - Discovery Sport: £530
  • Premium upgrade interior pack - Discovery Sport/S/SE: £740
  • 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 - Namib orange: £970
  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £970

  • 8 way manual adjustable heated front seats: Included
  • Front head restraints: Included
  • 12 way heated electric front seats with 2 way manual headrest: £0
  • 12 way heated electric memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: £380
  • Heated manual slide and recline rear seats: £330
  • Manual slide and recline rear seats: Included

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

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

  • Cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining: £0
  • Cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining: £0
  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining: £2,060
  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining: £2,060
  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Light Oyster, Light Oyster colour way, Ebony headlining: £2,060
  • Luxtec/suede cloth - Light Oyster, Light Oyster colour way, Light oyster headlining: £2,060

  • Grained leather - Acorn, Acorn/Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining: £2,060
  • Grained leather - Acorn, Acorn/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining: £2,060
  • Grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colour way, Ebony headlining: £2,060
  • Grained leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way, Light oyster headlining: £2,060
  • Grained leather - Light oyster, Light Oyster colour way, Ebony headlining: £2,060
  • Grained leather - Light oyster, Light Oyster colour way, Light oyster headlining: £2,060

  • Summer tyres: £0

  • 19" 10 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 1039: £1,345
  • 17" 10 spoke satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 1005: Included
  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5074: £670
  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5075: £670
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5076: £2,015
  • 18" 5 spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5088: £1,015
  • 19" 10 spoke satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 1039: £1,685
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheels - Style 5089: £2,015
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5089: £2,355
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5089: £2,355
  • 20" 5 split spoke satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 5076: £2,355

  • Reduced section steel spare wheel: £170
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

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