Land Rover Discovery Sport Review
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a seven-seat family SUV with more off-road ability than most, but alternatives have posher-feeling interiors with more high-tech infotainment.
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The new Land Rover Discovery Sport receives some pretty significant changes to help you tell it apart from the outgoing model.
The most obvious difference is its fancy new bodywork. The headlights, grille, brake lights and bumpers have all been comprehensively reworked to make this off-roader look more like a match for the likes of the Audi Q5 and the newer BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.
The new Discovery Sport’s interior has received a few much-needed tweaks, too. You now get the firm’s latest Touch Pro infotainment system – just like you’d find on the Range Rover Evoque and Velar. This comes with a 10-inch touchscreen, a 12-inch digital driver’s display, satellite navigation and smartphone mirroring as standard.
The rest of the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s cabin is much the same as in the outgoing car – you get three rows of seats with a middle row that flips down in a three-way split, but adults will struggle for space in the very back.
You may never venture off-road in your Land Rover Discovery Sport, but it’s reassuring to know it’ll happily traipse through muddy trails that’ll leave most SUV well and truly stuck.
You’ll find some much more significant changes under the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s bonnet, where almost all of the new car’s engines come with a fuel-saving 48V hybrid system. There are three 2.0-litre diesel engines to choose from producing 150, 180 and 240hp and a pair of petrol units with 200 and 250hp.
Besides the 150hp diesel model, every Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox to help them tackle pretty severe off-road terrain. It’s no full-fat Discovery, but you can get plenty of off-road-focussed driver aids, including hill descent control and the Clearsight Ground View camera that shows an image of the ground beneath the bonnet on the infotainment screen.
There’ll also be a range of more road-oriented driver assistance systems to help you deal with long journeys and heavy traffic.
For more in-depth information, read our detailed price, specs and release date story for the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.