2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport revealed with mild hybrid engines

Published 22 May 2019

Land Rover has revealed its updated Discovery Sport with a more premium interior, new technology and hybrid engines on offer - with prices starting at £31,575.

Although the updated Discovery Sport looks very similar to its predecessor on the outside, it's been quite heavily updated underneath - moving onto the same platform as the new Range Rover Evoque.

That means all but the entry-level diesel engine come with a 48-volt mild hybrid system, allowing the engine to switch off entirely at speeds below 11mph and harvesting energy when the driver uses the brakes. The mild hybrid delivers CO2 emissions as low as 144g/km, while returning up to 40.9mpg under WLTP tests.

A plug-in hybrid model is also expected later in the year, while a 20 per cent bigger fuel tank also helps improve range.

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Land Rover is attempting to move its new Discovery Sport further upmarket in a bid to tackle tough competition from the likes of the Volvo XC60, BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

There are more premium materials in the cabin, and new seats are noticeably more comfortable. There's also more storage than before, including a bigger centre console bin.

A new 10.25-inch touchscreen display gives the interior a much-needed update, along with touch-sensitive climate control buttons and a 12.3-inch digital driver's display in place of conventional dials.

For those wanting a sportier appearance, Land Rover's offering a new R-Dynamic variant - with top-spec models available with 21-inch alloy wheels for the first time.

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Further technology lifted from the new Evoque includes Land Rover's trick 'smart rear-view mirror'. This transforms the conventional rear-view mirror into a video screen at the flick of a switch, using cameras to display what's behind the car in high definition. From our experience with the Evoque, this is useful when travelling in poor conditions or with a car full of people.

Land Rover's Ground View tech has also been introduced, offering a virtual 180-degree view beneath the car - essentially making the bonnet invisible. This will help drivers navigate high city centre kerbs or tackle rough terrain, says the manufacturer.

Meanwhile, wireless phone charging is offered for the first time, along with a 4G WiFi hotspot and USB points on every row of seats.

Prices start at £31,575 for the standard model in front-wheel-drive, manual guise with the 2.0-litre D150 diesel engine. The range tops out at £49,675 for the D240 AWD auto in R-Dynamic HSE trim. Orders are now open with deliveries expected later in the year.


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