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Land Rover Discovery Sport review (2015-2023)

The Discovery Sport is wonderfully versatile with loads of space and seven seats. It offers a comfortable, relaxing drive and makes a great tow car.

Pros

  • Smart looks
  • Flexible, comfortable and spacious interior
  • World-class off-road ability

Cons

  • Has suffered from reliability issues
  • Servicing costs may be higher than rivals
  • Diesel engines can feel sluggish

Summary

“The Discovery Sport is designed firmly with families in mind.”

The Discovery Sport is designed firmly with families in mind, with up to seven seats and room for the dog. Most versions have excellent 4x4 ability and are able to tricky off-road terrain while keeping your passengers comfortable.

It has a high, commanding driving position that offers a great view of the road and later models are also equipped with loads of technology to keep you informed, entertained and safe.

There’s an excellent choice of petrol and diesel engines, as well as a good selection of trim packages and options, from basic to full leather.

Land Rover updated the Discovery Sport in 2019, adding more upmarket styling and a much improved interior, including technology from the latest generation Range Rover Evoque. The changes created an even more premium feel, while R-Dynamic models saw a sportier design.

What's the interior like?

“There’s lots of space, mainly in the first and second rows, although the third row seats still offer a reasonable amount of room.”

Inside the Discovery Sport you’ll find a two-tone dashboard, high-mounted infotainment screen in the centre console and hard-wearing materials. The materials aren’t the most upmarket, particularly the plastics in the centre console. But if you’re after practicality over luxury, then this shouldn’t be a problem.

There’s lots of space, mainly in the first and second rows, although models that have the third row seats still offer a reasonable amount of room in the back. Like most seven-seaters, these seats are more suitable for children and young teenagers, with adults likely to feel cramped on longer journeys. Boot space is also compromised when the seats are in use, but this is the same with any seven-seater car.

What's it like to drive?

“The Land Rover Discovery Sport offers a decent level of comfort and handling.”

The Land Rover Discovery Sport offers a decent level of comfort and handling. If you want the best ride comfort, find a model with the adaptive damping fitted. This offers better control for various driving conditions.

There are a variety of diesel and petrol engines to choose from, as well as a plug-in hybrid option from 2020. The lower-spec diesels can feel lacklustre, particularly when pulling away. The nine-speed automatic gearbox is the best all-round choice and suits the car better than a manual gearbox.

Despite its big interior space, the Discovery Sport is actually quite compact for this type of car, which makes it easier to drive around town than some larger SUV rivals. It’ll squeeze through narrow country lanes relatively easily too.

It’s very capable off-road where Land Rover's Terrain Response system does all the hard work for you on gravel, snow and mud. This is a system that automatically allows your car to monitor road and weather conditions. Then with input from the driver, the system adjusts the way the car handles the road. If you need to venture away from the road, there aren't many better cars – it's far in advance of rivals like the Hyundai Santa Fe or Skoda Kodiaq.

Is it cost-efficient to buy and run?

“Even early models of the Land Rover Discovery Sport hold their values well.”

Even early models of the Land Rover Discovery Sport hold their values well, despite being the best part of a decade old. Diesel engines should be able to deliver up to around 50mpg depending on the model, and they're the best option for economy and towing. The petrol engines will suit you more if you drive in a city or don’t do regular long journeys. Post-2019 engines are fitted with mild-hybrid technology to help improve your fuel economy.

Insurance groups can be higher than rivals while road tax is similar. Land Rover has introduced fixed price servicing on its models over three years old but prices are generally higher than for competitors.

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Which one is best for you?

The entry-level engines in the Land Rover Discovery are more than capable of handling most journeys, but the diesels work out better if you’re going to do regular long trips. The plug-in hybrid models can be very efficient if you drive them mostly in town, but will cost more to buy.

There are lots of trim options, but we'd recommend you go for SE or above, as these models will give you more equipment and a higher resale value.