Land Rover Discovery Sport Review 2022

Land Rover Discovery Sport 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 £36,655
Insurance Groups are between 24–42
On average it achieves 75% 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.

Real MPG average for a Land Rover Discovery Sport

RealMPG

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

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

75%

Real MPG

21–50 mpg

MPGs submitted

712

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What's the best SUV with all-wheel drive?
"What would you say is the best and most fuel-efficient SUV with all-wheel drive? I absolutely love manual cars but will consider automatic. Been looking at regular and plug-in hybrids. Is a 350-mile range realistic? "
The new Mazda CX-60 could be a good option. It's a four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid SUV with an electric range of up to 39 miles – like all PHEVs, you will need to charge it regularly to get the best from it, though. If you actually need to go off road, a Land Rover Defender P400e or smaller Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e could be a good alternative.
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What should I replace my Honda CR-V with?
"I'm looking for a shortlist of possible options for a used (up to 3 years old) replacement for an ageing Honda CR-V. The Honda has been very practical, but it is now over 10 years old and I would like to try something different. I would still like my wish list to include the best features of the Honda, including good reliability, high driving position, automatic transmission and large luggage carrying capacity, but as it will be used for mainly local journeys with occasional longer trips, I would definitely like much better efficiency, so a petrol/hybrid option would also be preferred."
The Toyota RAV4 is the obvious choice. Both the current and the last generation RAV4 came with a hybrid option that makes them very cheap to run and you don't need to charge them. Both versions are known for their reliability and are also spacious. The Lexus NX is another option but it's quite small, while the RX is big but expensive. If you fancy a plug-in hybrid – which I'd only recommend if you have somewhere to charge the car at home – I'd suggest the new Kia Sorento. You can get PHEV versions of cars like the Land Rover Discovery Sport, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC, but they're more expensive and not as spacious. Reviews of all these cars, below: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/rav-4-2018/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/toyota/rav4-2013/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/nx-2021/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/rx-2015/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/kia/sorento-2020/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/land-rover/discovery-sport-2015/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/bmw/x3-g01-2018/ https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/mercedes-benz/glc-class-2015/
Answered by Russell Campbell
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.
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