Land Rover Discovery Sport (2015) Review

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Land Rover Discovery Sport (2015) At A Glance

3/5

+Refined and comfortable. 2.0 Ingenium diesel engine. Highly capable off-road. 2.0 Si4 240 and 290PS ingenium petrol engines.

-Ride firm at low speeds. Infotainment not as intuitive as some rivals. Complaints of severe interior noise. Reports of engine oil contamination from DPF regens after short runs.

New prices start from £28,995, brokers can source from £28,838
Insurance Groups are between 24–40
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

The Discovery Sport is the stylish and luxurious replacement for the Freelander. However, forget like-for-like comparisons, because the Discovery Sport is miles ahead of its predecessor in on every level.  

Based on the Evoque, the Discovery Sport combines a huge interior with a composed ride. This means the Discovery Sport is comfortable and extremely large inside, with most models getting a 5+2 seating configuration and around 1700 litres of maximum boot space.

The '+2' seats are essentially a third row that lift out of the boot floor while the moveable second row provides easy access. However, while the compact third row of seats are perfect for young children, adults will only want to use them for the shortest of journeys.

The interior of the Discovery Sport is similar to the Evoque, with an abundance of soft-touch materials and a well-crafted dashboard. Standard equipment is impressive and all models get climate control for the first two row of seats, along with cruise control, a heated windscreen and partial leather seats.

The Discovery Sport was launched with the 2.2-litre SD4 engine but this was replaced in September 2015 with a new, British-built 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine.

The four-cylinder Ingenium is a huge step up from the 2.2 diesel, with lower emissions, better economy and notably less noise.  The TD4, with 150PS, will return 129g/km of CO2 and close to 58mpg according to the official figures, while its high speed operation is near silent. 

On the road the Discovery Sport feels capable and fun, with plenty of grip in the corners and plenty of torque. We'd recommend the automatic gearbox over the manual, as it's smooth with near seamless gear changes. The four-wheel drive system is identical to the one found in the Evoque and linked to Land Rover's excellent Terrain Response system, which means the Discovery Sport is more than capable off road. In fact, it's better than any of its rivals when it comes to tackling mud or snow. 

Freelander owners will no doubt baulk at the upmarket price, with entry-level models costing upwards of £30,000, while high-spec models will venture deep into £40,000 territory. Yet, even after factoring the new pricing strategy, the Discovery Sport still has huge appeal, with plenty of refinement, sophistication and outstanding off-road ability.

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Real MPG average for a Land Rover Discovery Sport (2015)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

76%

Real MPG

24–50 mpg

MPGs submitted

660

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Are all Land Rovers now automatics?
"I'm considering replacing my Freelander and would like another Land Rover. I would like another manual but it would seem that most models are now automatic. Which model would you recommend? It doesn't have to be a new vehicle. Thanks."
The Land Rover Discovery Sport was a direct replacement for the Freelander and is available with a manual gearbox. Most are auto, though, which reflects Land Rover's move upmarket in recent years.
Answered by Andrew Brady
The DPF has failed on my car for the second time. What can I do?
"Just over a year ago, I wrote to you to flag a DPF issue with my 30k mileage 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport. After a massive fight, Land Rover replaced the entire DPF system for free (even though out of warranty). Now, just 10k miles and 12 months later, the entire DPF system has failed again. LR refused any support and I have a £2300 bill. Given the 20-page "D8 Dilution Explained" document that's freely circulating - which highlights systemic design issues that almost guarantee such failures, what are your thoughts on LR's responsibilities/legal obligations? In 2015, diesel was just becoming a bogey issue from a tax/environmental perspective, but these issues suggest the real problem - that no one warned buyers about the DPFs."
Unfortunately, it's out of warranty and I suspect Land Rover will blame any issues on driving style. 30k miles over five years isn't many for any diesel car. We normally only recommend diesels to drivers covering more than 12k a year (mainly motorway miles) to prevent DPF issues. You'd be relying on a goodwill gesture from Land Rover and, as they've already replaced the DPF system once, that's unlikely. We'd recommend replacing your Discovery Sport with a petrol or hybrid vehicle.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a seven seater?
"I'm looking to change my 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe to a newer car. I'd like something that has seven seats and the same interior space as the Hyundai. I've looked at a Land Rover Discovery Sport, but it's smaller than the Santa Fe but it's too big. I would like something new or up to 3 years old. Thanks."
The Skoda Kodiaq is the best affordable new seven-seater, in my opinion: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/kodiaq-2016/ It measures 4697mm in length, which is around 30mm more than your Santa Fe. As long as you can live with the Skoda's 2087mm width (including the door mirrors) I think it'd be a good replacement for your existing car.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best tow car?
"Which is better for towing, a Land Rover Discovery Sport or Kia Sorento?"
I'd go with the Kia Sorento. You get self-levelling rear suspension as standard on most versions of the Sorento. Kia's latest eight-speed automatic gearbox is excellent and the Sorento's 2.2-litre diesel produces 200PS (compared to the 150/180PS engines found in the Discovery Sport) - this means the Sorento is easier to drive up hills, when lugging a heavy caravan behind it. But the biggest plus for the Sorento is Kia's seven-year/100,00-mile warranty - something Land Rover won't ever match.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Land Rover Discovery Sport (2015) cost?

Buy new from £28,838 (list price from £31,930)