Land Rover’s Discovery Sport is the spiritual replacement for the old Freelander. In an effort to distance the new car from the old model, Land Rover has pushed percieved quality up in the cabin, fitted a totally new infotainment system and an optional pair of seats in the boot.
Buying any new car should be an easy experience – and it is if you use carwow! But, however you choose to buy a new car, selecting the colour you get it in is essential. Choosing the right colour can make the difference between your car being easy to clean and sell on – choosing wrong will leave you forever cleaning it and struggling to convince anyone to buy it.
Like the German cars it rivals, the Discovery Sport is mostly available in muted shades like black, grey and silver. There are some more dramatic colours available but be careful when you specify them – they can be pricey and may not prove as popular on the used market. Disappointingly, Land Rover has only given one free colour so, if you don’t like white, you’ll have to pay for the privilege.
Check out our full guide to the different types of paint you can buy for more information on what exactly solid, metallic and pearlescent paints are.
The base colour type available for the Discovery Sport and there’s only one choice… Solid colours tend to have a glossy finish but none of the metallic sheen the more expensive paints get.
Fuji white – (£0)
A clear and crisp white – much like that on the snow-capped Fuji mountain. White is a popular colour right now and, if this trend continues, then reselling it won’t be too difficult. It does show off the timeless shape of the car but is also likely to show up even the faintest speck of muck – avoid off-roading at all costs…
Metallic colours have microscopic flakes of reflective metal embedded into the paint. As light sources change and move around the car these flakes reflect the light in dynamic ways giving the paint a deep reflective quality.
Indus silver – (£600)
A pleasant bright silver. Its metallic sheen is sure to make it look smart under bright lights and its universal appeal will make it very easy to sell on. It will show up road grime, though, so be prepared to budget a little for keeping it clean.
Corris grey – (£600)
Dark greys are another stylish and desirable colour on the used market so you can buy this shade without worrying about getting your money back when you sell on. It’ll hide the worst of road grime so will be easy to keep looking clean. Not one for the more exuberant amongst us.
Santorini black – (£600)
It’s black, so if you want a black car – and chances are you’ll already know if you do – this is the colour choice for you. It’s disappointing this wasn’t a free shade but the metallic flakes in the paint should make it feel upmarket enough to justify the cost. Black can show up grime and scratches worse than other colours.
Loire blue – (£600)
A very dark blue that looks almost black in some lights. A good colour to pick if you want to slip under the radar but don’t fancy a black car – it’ll be easy to sell on and will cover much of the worst road grime. Again, not a colour to pick if you want to stand out from the crowd.
Aintree green – (£600)
A rich deep green that shares more than a passing resemblance to British racing green – this is likely to be another safe bet on the used market. It’ll cover much of the evil that British roads throw at it so won’t break the bank at the car wash. The only colour if you’re interesting in taking your Discovery Sport greenlaning.
Kaikoura stone – (£600)
One of the colours the Discovery Sport was launched in and, despite its objectively humble billing as a dark grey, it rather suits the car. It has almost a mauve quality in some lights that evolves through dark grey to an almost champagne hue in others. It’ll be easy to sell on and will cover most of the worst road grime.
Firenze red – (£600)
A bold red that, when the sun goes in, gets hints of maroon and, when it comes back out, flashes and glistens like the finest Italian sports cars. It’s not the most understated colour for the Discovery Sport, so won’t be as easy as other colours to sell on and could start looking rather grubby if you don’t keep it clean.
Scotia grey – (£600)
A colour that puts you in mind of Land Rovers from time gone by. It’s another dark grey but, unlike the others, has hints of green and blue in it that change as the lighting does. An understated but stylish colour that should be easy to sell and reasonably easy to keep clean.
Yulong white – (£600)
It’s much more expensive than the basic white paint so be sure you can’t live without the metallic sheen on this shade before ticking its box. The reflective nature of the hue means, under bright lights, it’ll look more special than the standard white – that is, as long as you’ve kept it clean.
Land Rover’s most upmarket shades are still metallic-type paints but feature more complicated mixes and require more time to apply.
Barolo black – (£1,200)
Barolo black is black when the light isn’t catching it but, when it does, it shines back with a brown/purple sheen that looks extremely upmarket. This is a special colour but it commands a high premium if you choose it – something you’re unlikely to recover come resale time. It might start to look quite drab if you don’t clean it.
Phoenix orange – (£1,700)
The last shade in Land Rover’s Discovery Sport palette is fairly unlike much of the other colours – it’s a bright, ‘look-at-me’ shade of orange. We think that, with some black styling options, it looks rather attractive and certainly commands attention. It’ll be a bit of a pain to keep clean, it’s very expensive and it might be a little tricky to sell on so be sure you like it before you commit the cash.
Want to Discover more?
Why not specify your own Discovery Sport on our carwow car configurator. Or take a look at its rivals – the BMW X3, Audi Q5 or the Volvo XC60. Don’t forget to take a look at our car deals page for the latest discounts.