LAND ROVER

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT SW 2.0 P290 Black 5dr Auto [5 Seat]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2211 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.

VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY

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.

Background

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.

Summary

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

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

  • InControl remote premium
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay

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

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

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

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

  • Centre stack rails in noble chrome

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

  • Black contrast roof
  • 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

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

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

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

  • Trailer stability control

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 215
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 223
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 211

  • 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: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1997

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 30.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 28.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.9

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 39E
  • 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: 290
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Black [5 Seat]
  • Coin Description: P290
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Power - KW: 213
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 290
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.4
  • Top Speed: 145

  • 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: 1882
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2570
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 67
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 963
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 688
  • 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

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

  • Adaptive dynamics: £815

  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £300

  • Rear collision monitor: £0
  • Blind spot assist: £0
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £0
  • Rear traffic monitor: £0

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

  • Head up Display: £610
  • Secure tracker pro: £520
  • Clear exit monitor: £0
  • Secure tracker: £340
  • Wifi enabled with data plan: £440

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

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

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

  • No badges: £0
  • P290 badge: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Illuminated metal front tread plates with R dynamic branding: £100
  • Metal tread plates with R Dynamic branding: Included

  • Auto high beam assist: £155
  • 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
  • Front fog lights: £195
  • Headlight power wash: £205

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

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

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

  • 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
  • Convenience pack - Discovery Sport R-Dynamic Black: £720
  • Premium upgrade interior pack - Discovery Sport R-Dynamic Black: £380
  • Technology pack - Discovery Sport R-Dynamic Black: £1,000
  • Family pack - Discovery Sport SE/R-Dynamic SE/R-Dynamic Black: £1,100
  • Hot climate pack - Discovery Sport: £530
  • 21" 5 spoke gloss dark grey alloy wheels pack - Discovery Sport: £1,040
  • Smokers pack - Discovery Sport: £40

  • Metallic - Firenze red: £0
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £0
  • Metallic - Hakuba silver: £0

  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £0
  • Premium metallic - Namib orange: £0

  • 12 way heated electric memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: £380
  • 14 way heated electric memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: £580
  • 14 way heated and cooled electric adjustable memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: £1,440
  • 14 way heated and cooled electric adjustable memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests and massage function: £2,300
  • 14 way heated electric adjustable memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests and massage function: £1,440
  • Heated manual slide and recline rear seats: £330
  • Manual slide and recline rear seats: Included
  • 12 way heated electric front seats with 2 way manual headrest: Included

  • Activity key: £320

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

  • 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

  • 19" 10 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 1039: £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
  • 19" 10 spoke satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 1039: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheels - Style 5089: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5089: £345
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5089: Included
  • 21" 5 spoke gloss dark grey alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5090: £670
  • 20" 5 split spoke satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 5076: £685

  • Reduced section steel spare wheel: £170
  • 20" full size alloy spare wheel: £775
  • 21" full size alloy spare wheel: £875
  • 18" full size spare alloy wheel: £570
  • 19" full size alloy spare wheel: £675
  • 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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