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Land Rover Discovery Sport review
The seven-seat layout remained, giving Land Rover something unique in the Premium SUV class. It's priced at a level that puts it up against the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC, while the Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo XC60 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio are also opponents, although none of these cars offer seven seats. If that's a requirement, then you should have a look at the Skoda Kodiaq, VW Tiguan Allspace and SEAT Tarraco, while the Honda CR-V and Nissan X-Trail also offer seven-seats as an option. These cars are also cheaper to buy, too.
Prices for the Land Rover Discovery Sport start from around £32,500 for the entry-level model. That’s for a model with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox; adding two more driven wheels and an automatic gearbox sees prices climb to around £36,000. Above the base model there is the Sporty R Dynamic, and both are available with three additional Specification Packs: S, SE and HSE, each adding extra standard kit. There are two special editions in the 2022 line-up too, called the Urban Edition and the Discovery Sport Black. The priciest Discovery Sport – the P300e plug-in hybrid version in R Dynamic HSE specification – comes to almost £52,000.
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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review
Exterior DesignThe Discovery Sport looks sleek and trades on its handsome lines as much as its off-road ability. All the customary Land Rover design elements are present including the clamshell bonnet, which is now fitted with an airbag on its trailing edge to improve pedestrian safety. The car’s most distinctive feature is the forward raked C-pillar – a doffed cap to its Freelander predecessor. It is relatively tall, though that doesn’t really make it feel any bulkier from behind the wheel – in SUV terms, the Discovery Sport seems rather compact, especially given its carrying capacity. It is built alongside the Range Rover Evoque and shares the same platform – to a point. The two are by-and-large the same at the front, but from the B-pillars back, the Discovery Sport has a wholly new structure that makes it 8cm longer than the Evoque, all of which comes from within the wheelbase. The new multi-link rear suspension system has only a minimal intrusion into the passenger and luggage compartment, which permits the optional fitment of the third row of seats.
InteriorInside, the Discovery Sport has a good quality interior that compares well with its premium Germanic rival rivals, and things are altogether more robust than the current Evoque, which sits in the Range Rover scale of luxury. The climate controls, dash and switchgear are all taken from the Evoque, but that’s no bad thing, as it manages to feel like a premium product with a robust edge. The feel of the materials is top-notch, while the overall build quality is solid. Few, if any, will be disappointed with Land Rover Discovery Sport comfort levels. Front passengers enjoy plenty of leg, shoulder and headroom and, depending on the trim level chosen, come with plenty of manual or electrical adjustment. The second row of seats slide backwards and forwards to increase or decrease leg room and thanks to the handy 60/40 split; the seats can be set at different distances to accommodate one or two particularly long-legged passengers. That third row of seats are for occasional use for adults and teenagers and fine for longer distances for smaller children, though with the rear seats up there is little boot space left. Should you opt for the third row of seats, they can be folded away into the boot floor, which frees up 981 litres of luggage space when measured to the ceiling. Fold away all five rear seats and there’s a huge 1,689 litres of space.
Equipment and Trim GradesA high level of equipment is standard, including heated seats, part-leather upholstery, climate control, alloy wheels, Bluetooth connection and a DAB radio. That’s on the SE trim, and it’s adequate, though I would probably fork out a little extra for SE Tech, which adds automatic lights and wipers, and a convenient electronic tailgate. HSE trim adds full leather upholstery, electrically adjustable seats, a reversing camera, a panoramic sunroof and keyless entry. And spec up to HSE Luxury, and you get heated and cooled front seats, rear heated seats and a natty self-parking function. In the upper two trim levels, the Discovery Sport really does feel every bit the premium SUV. Opt for the automatic and you get a rotary gear selector that rises from the centre console, first experienced in the Jaguar XF.
Engines and TransmissionsThree diesel and two petrol engines are currently available in the Discovery Sport range. All are turbocharged, four-cylinder and of 2.0-litre capacity and offered in varying states of power and torque output. There is a choice of a 6-speed manual gearbox or the excellent 9-speed ZF-sourced automatic. Four- and two-wheel drive is available, depending on engine power output. The entry-level diesel is a TD4 150hp/380Nm (manual only) unit, but in a car that weighs a portly 1,775kg, its performance is adequate at best. Understandably, this engine is available only on the two-row five-seat cabin configuration and not the three-row seven-seat option. For the more eco-conscious, the 150hp engine is reserved for the e-Capability model, which is all about efficiency. It doesn’t feel very slow, but you’ll find yourself pressing deeper on the throttle more than you might be used to when you want to press on. Opt for the stronger TD4 180hp version (manual or auto) which delivers a useful 430Nm, and you’ll find it more than capable of handling five or six up with a spot of luggage. The third diesel is a twin-turbocharged SD4 producing 240hp and 500Nm and is paired only with the automatic transmission. For a four-pot engine, it delivers extraordinary performance on- and off-road and is particularly popular for towing. If diesels aren’t your thing, then consider one of the two Si4 petrol-engined, automatic-only options, the first of which offers 240hp and 340Nm of torque. At the top of the engine performance pile is the 290hp/400Nm unit which features upgrades to the turbo boosting system. The nine-speed automatic gearbox is so smooth that most shifts go unnoticed. It’s often hesitant when you’re pulling away from a standstill, though, or entering roundabouts, which isn’t ideal. The manual gearshift isn’t bad, but the auto ‘box is much better suited to the Sport’s laid-back driving character.
On RoadThe Discovery Sport comes with some useful driver aids including speed-variable electric power-assisted steering, dynamic stability control, traction control and engine drag torque control to prevent the wheels locking if you come off the throttle quickly. All these systems are designed to assist the driver in retaining full control of the vehicle even in tricky driving conditions. The Discovery Sport deals with bumps well and rides smoothly at higher speeds, especially on the motorway where it wafts along with unnerving calm. Clever adaptive dampers (called Adaptive Dynamics) are available as an option, but there’s really no need to bother spending the extra. Things can get a touch bumpy around town in the Discovery Sport, though. Expansion joints and worn surfaces unsettle the suspension a little, a problem that is exacerbated by fitting alloys larger than the 18-inch rims that come as standard with SE and SE Tech trims. So, keep your money and your vanity in your pocket and avoid the optional 20in wheels.
Off RoadThe Discovery Sport truly impresses when it ventures off road and get its feet dirty. Few of its genuine competitors are capable of such dual-purpose ability. During the test week, my rough-road excursions found brisk gravel roads, cow-trodden farm tracks, a gnarly hill climb and a high water river crossing. Not so much as a peep from the Discovery Sport. Fitted with the same Terrain Response system as found on the Range Rover Evoque, the driver simply selects the under-tyre conditions from ‘General’, ‘Grass/Gravel/Snow’, ‘Mud & Ruts’, and ‘Sand’. The drive train then adjusts to provide the best use of power to deliver the maximum traction and safety. The Discovery Sport also features hill descent control, gradient release control and roll stability control which all help ensure the Sport doesn’t get out of shape at inopportune moments. Throw in a wading depth of 600mm and more-than-decent clearance at both ends of the car, and the Sport is going to live up to the off-road capabilities the Green Oval brand is famous for.
SummaryThe Land Rover Discovery Sport is a worthy contender in the premium SUV market, especially if you stick to the more financially sensible SE Tech trim grade with the 180hp diesel engine. Factor in its reasonable price tag and its go-anywhere capability and you’ll also get loads of style and comfort for everyday family driving and the occasional ‘go-bush’ day.
By Wayne Gorrett, Goodwood, West Sussex @WaynesWorldAuto
2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review
The Land Rover Discovery Sport arrived in 2015, replacing the LR2 as the brand’s entry-level model, and in 2018, it continues with modest updates. The Discovery Sport, along with the larger Discovery, continues to exist on the side of Land Rover’s lineup that’s more practical than fashionable. In fact, it is closely related to Land Rover’s stylish Range Rover Evoque. Its most impressive attribute is probably the highly-configurable interior. The Discovery Sport has a 40/20/40 split-folding second-row bench seat and an optional folding third row that expands the number of seats to seven. There’s as much as 60 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third rows stowed, 34.6 cubic feet with the third row stowed, and 6.8 cubic feet with all three rows deployed.
The Discovery Sport gets a new in-house engine under its “Ingenium” architecture for 2018. The base unit is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder with 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is 21 miles per gallon city, 25 highway, and 22 combined on premium fuel. Optionally, this same engine comes in a 286-horsepower, 295 lb-ft version with 20, 25, and 22 mpg. Like every other Land Rover, all-wheel drive and an automatic terrain-sensing system come standard.
There are three basic flavors of the Discovery Sport. SE is the most basic with 18-inch wheels, partial leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, power-folding heated exterior mirrors, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 10-speaker audio system. From there, the HSE and HSE Luxury add features like fog lights, perforated leather upholstery, a fixed panoramic sunroof, navigation, HID headlights, and a power-operated liftgate. The 238-hp engine is standard across all three trims, but HSE and HSE Luxury offer the 286-hp upgrade.
For safety, the Discovery Sport has a full complement of features. A reversing camera and rear parking sensors are standard fare. A surround-view camera system, a head-up display, a parking assistant, traffic sign recognition, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beams, emergency braking, and lane keeping assist are parts of optional packages. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic detection and adaptive cruise control are standalone safety upgrades.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is an attractive option for the active driver who wants an SUV to do more than just look handsome and carry a tall ride height. The capable AWD system, versatile interior, and overall durability set it apart from the competition. And the new engines, especially the 286-hp one, make it that much better.
by Kyree Rollerson
Kyree has always been fascinated with the automotive world, especially when it comes to premium European cars. But regardless of the vehicle—whether it's an efficient hybrid or the latest luxury sled—he's always ready to dispense information and advice. These days, he enjoys doing that here at CarGurus.
Review 2018 discovery sport
Few crossover SUVs are as capable as the Land Rover Discovery—and that refers both to its off-road potential and its people-hauling competence. From all three rows of seats, occupants are treated to spacious accommodations with a clear view of the road ahead. Getting off-road, the Disco is a star, with a maximum 11.1 inches of ground clearance—more than some jacked-up four-wheel-drive pickup trucks. And for on-road duty, the Discovery has an upscale cabin and plenty of infotainment and active-safety tech.
What's New for 2018?
After a complete overhaul for 2017, Land Rover has made only minor changes for 2018. All models now come with the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Automated emergency braking and forward-collision warning are now standard on all trims, and diesel power is also now available throughout the range.
- SE: $53,085
- HSE: $59,485
- HSE Luxury: $66,485
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Two engines are offered with the Discovery: a standard 340-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and an available 254-hp diesel 3.0-liter V-6. Both are mated to an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission. Although neither engine serves up hyper-refined, vibration-free operation, the gas-powered engine, although thirsty, is much more powerful with pleasingly quick acceleration. A host of available off-road-oriented mechanicals provide go-anywhere capability that few rivals can match. But while it’s among the most capable off-roaders of its kind, that skill doesn’t necessarily translate to paved-road performance. The Discovery’s handling feels clumsy and top-heavy when changing direction. Still, overall ride quality is good, and even harsh bumps are dealt with easily.
EPA fuel-economy testing and reporting procedures have changed over time. For the latest numbers on current and older vehicles, visit the EPA’s website and select Find & Compare Cars.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Discovery's cabin materials are decidedly upscale. Luxury features abound throughout the interior, and the level of comfort increases as you climb through the available trims. Power-adjustable, heated leather seating with optional massage for the driver and front passenger offer good support and cushioning; second-row seats aren’t as generously padded but provide fore-and-aft and recline adjustments. Third-row passengers have less space than those in other rows but can expect reasonable comfort. The Discovery only provides ample room for cargo with its seats folded, and while its cabin is dotted with many useful cubbies and bins, their capacities aren’t class-leading.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Discovery's InControl Touch Pro infotainment system comes with a 10.2-inch display, navigation, and an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot. The system is is beautifully designed and looks fantastic, but it operates more slowly than some rivals, and the interface is not as intuitive as it should be. A Meridian 10-speaker audio system is standard on HSE models, but HSE Luxury trims get a premium 14-speaker setup. As many as nine USB ports dot the cabin, and a rear-seat entertainment system is optional. But what you won’t find on any Discovery trim is Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Safety Features and Crash Test Ratings
For more information about the Land Rover Discovery’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
Some older vehicles are still eligible for coverage under a manufacturer's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. For more information visit our guide to every manufacturer's CPO program.
2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover Discovery Sport was created for 2015 as an entry-level model, replacing the LR2, and it’s been upgraded a bit each year. Smaller than the Discovery, it’s a highly capable unit-body SUV competing against premium crossovers like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The 2018 Discovery Sport offers a new engine with more power, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 286 horsepower. The base engine makes 237 horsepower, and is smooth and strong enough, its turbocharger using less boost. Both engines are mated to a paddle-shifting 9-speed automatic that responds sharply.
One thing the Discovery Sport has on its rivals is an available third row, so it can theoretically seat seven passengers. However, it’s not much of a third row, so Land Rover calls it a 5+2. The Discovery is better for seven passengers.
The Discovery Sport has a lot of the small Range Rover Evoque in it, although the Sport is a bit longer and wider.
Discovery Sport is 150 pounds lighter than the LR2 it replaced, thanks to an aluminum hood, roof and liftgate, as well as the use of high-strength steel in the chassis, about 20 percent of it. It’s still too heavy to be nimble, but it handles with verve and tackles off-road challenges with ease.
All-wheel drive is standard. The Haldex system moves power between the front and rear wheels, up to 100 percent at each end, and then between the left and right wheels, depending on where the traction is needed. Its Terrain Response system has normal, grass/gravel/snow, mud/ruts, and sand modes, along with a new dynamic mode.
The Discovery Sport is rated to tow up to 5500 pounds, with standard Tow Hitch Assist, Tow Assist, and Trailer Stability Assist.
Even with direct fuel injection and the 9-speed transmission, fuel mileage for the Discovery Sport is disappointing, at 22 miles per gallon EPA Combined. And it requires Premium gasoline.
Whereas the Range Rover models are oriented around luxury, the Discovery line is oriented more around utility. Discovery Sport comes with a premium level of standard equipment, but luxury features like heated seats are optional.
Available safety equipment includes lane-departure warning, parking assist with perpendicular parking, trailer-sway control, and automatic headlamps. In the top two models, the optional automatic emergency system uses cameras to detect objects and will brake to reduce the impact or stop before impact if there’s time, from a speed no more than 32 mph.
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport comes in SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury models, all equipped with all-wheel drive and the 237-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
Discovery Sport SE ($37,795) includes leatherette trim, eight-way power seats, a 10-speaker audio system, an app-based infotainment system with an eight-inch screen, rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)
Discovery Sport HSE ($42,395) ) adds 10-way power seats in upgraded leather, a fixed glass roof, xenon HID headlamps, front parking sensors, a power liftgate, and a proximity key. HSE Luxury ($46,795) has high-grade leather seats finished with a special diamond pattern, navigation, 19-inch alloy wheels, and some styling items.
The HSE and HSE Luxury are available with the more powerful 286-horsepower engine ($7000).
Options include heated seats, heated steering wheel, a power liftgate that can be opened with a swipe of a foot under the rear bumper, ambient mood lighting, and a Meridian audio system, to name some. The Entertainment Pack adds a 16-speaker audio system, navigation, and Land Rover’s new 10.2-inch infotainment system. The Intelligent Dynamics Pack includes a mode that tightens up the suspension and steering for better handling on curvy pavement. Several appearance packages are available including exclusive alloy wheels.
Land Rovers aren’t as boxy as they used to be. The Discovery Sport is distinctive in the sense that it doesn’t commit to the soft crossover look, but its sculpting is still smooth and not chiseled. Its profile is rakish, with a flair of extant Land Rover ruggedness. The wheels are big for the body, so the Sport looks planted. It’s all about the stance.
The thin strips of honeycomb grille, clamshell hood, skid plates, short overhangs, and keyed headlamps say Range Rover. The roofline pulls over the rear pillars in an athletic manner, ending at a stubby tailgate spoiler as it does. If North Face designed cars, they would look like this.
The Design Package is especially good looking, and brings the Disco Sport to life. It features special front and rear bumper designs, integrated rear tailpipes, gloss black 20-inch spoked alloy wheels, and black trim inside and out.
The Discovery Sport’s cabin is business-like, with the horizontal dash and vertical centerstack meeting with the rigidity of a T-square. It’s not stark, but rather an elegant contrast to the smooth-but-still-SUVish exterior. There’s plenty of hard plastic, but it’s mostly hidden away where it doesn’t matter so much. Soft-touch surfaces abound, especially on the knobs and dials; and the rotary shift controller, rising from the piano-black center console upon startup, is a nice centerpiece. The climate control knobs are from Jaguar.
Graphics on the optional 10.2-inch infotainment screen are really nice, but the option requires adding a number of other features that shoot the price still higher. There’s a USB charging port for every passenger, including the tiny people squeezed into the third row.
Thanks to the high seating position and thin pillars, the forward visibility is excellent. Not so the rearward visibility when the third row is deployed. But that’s normal, and at least the Disco Sport has a standard rearview camera, for safety when backing up.
There’s good space in the first two rows, and the second row sits higher than the first, for good passenger visibility through the windshield; that’s part of the Land Rover identity. The second row also reclines, and slides on a 6.3-inch track, allowing for lots of leg room.
The optional third row is not only small, it’s thinly padded. It folds up from the cargo floor and has an even higher seating position than the second row, great for kids but it puts adults’ knees into their chins. So forget it, adults. Families needing a third row should look to the Discovery, not the Sport, but that plus-2 is there for the occasional need.
The base 237-horsepower engine can accelerate the Discovery Sport from zero to sixty in 7.8 seconds, and it can hit 124 miles per hour. We haven’t driven a 2018 model with the upgraded engine.
Land Rover blends road tenacity with offroad ability like no other brand. The stocky 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, making 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque at just 1750 rpm, is responsive and confident. The broad torque curve helps the Discovery Sport feel peppier than it actually is. It’s as comfortable on the freeway as it is rock crawling on trails.
The paddleshifting 9-speed automatic can launch in second gear for smoothness and skip gears if necessary, for example when you floor the throttle and it shifts down. It can be a little busy as it sorts through gears, but it’s mostly unobtrusive. Speaking of unobtrusive, we found the standard engine stop-start system to be relatively smooth.
The suspension is front struts and rear links, both mounted to subframes for isolation from noise and vibration. The electric power steering has a variable ratio to improve on-center response. There’s not much feedback but it’s nicely weighted. It’s confident on a curvy road and unwinds predictably.
Big disc brakes on all four wheels provide terrific finesse and a firm pedal feel at speed. The brakes stop the weight of nearly 4000 pounds just fine.
The suspension allows more travel and more control during rebound than the Evoque, not surprising because the Evoque is intended to be less of an offroad vehicle. The traction control system with its modes decides which wheel gets the power. That might not be traditional off-roading, but it works. The Discovery Sport can handle a steep rocky climb. The weak link will be the tire sidewalls.
The Discovery Sport offers approach and departure angles of 25 and 31 degrees, along with 8.3 inches of ground clearance and a wading depth of nearly 24 inches. The maximum tilt angle and gradient angle are 27 and 45 degrees. That all translates to high capability over very difficult terrain.
Through the Haldex 5 center-differential clutch pack and brake actuation at the individual wheels, the system can send torque to whichever wheel has the most traction, and up to 100 percent to either axle.
The Terrain Response system’s modes affect throttle sensitivity, transmission response, differential behavior, steering weighting, and stability systems. It works with the Haldex 5 center-differential clutch pack and brake actuation to deliver torque to the wheel that has the grip to use it. We drove the Discovery Sport on some steep trails covered by snow and ice, rugged enough to challenge the car’s angles, ground clearance, and traction systems. Besides being very capable, we found it very easy to drive off-road.
Superb powertrain, stylish looks, elegant cabin, great ride and handling, 5+2 seating, and over-achieving offroad capability, all for a reasonable entry-level price. If you can live without the stylish options, it’s a bargain, even with barely-20 fuel mileage on premium fuel.
Sam Moses contributed to this report.
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The MT clean retail price reflects a reasonable asking price by a dealership for a fully reconditioned vehicle (clean title history, no defects, minimal wear) with average mileage.
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Land Rover Discovery Sport Expert Review
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport gets a new 2.0-liter turbo-four from Jaguar Land Rover's Ingenium engine family. Two new exterior colors, Byron Blue and Namib Orange, replace Loire Blue and Phoenix Orange. Four-way lumbar support is now standard on the Discovery Sport.
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a compact luxury crossover that slots below the larger Discovery and comes with standard all-wheel drive. Three trim levels are offered on the 2018 Discovery Sport.
Discovery SE: The base Discovery Sport SE comes standard with the Terrain Response system, partial leather seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, three USB ports, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth.
Discovery HSE: Jumping to the HSE trim adds keyless entry/start, front parking sensors, a fixed panoramic glass roof, a gesture-operated power tailgate, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats, fog lights, and HID headlights.
Discovery HSE Luxury: The range-topping HSE Luxury adds configurable mood lighting, 19-inch alloy wheels, navigation, a 10-speaker Meridian premium audio system, and Windsor leather upholstery.
Notable options include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 360-degree view camera system, a two-seat third row, a head-up display, and a WiFi hotspot.
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 237 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. A higher-output variant with 286 hp and 295 lb-ft is available on the HSE and HSE Luxury trims. A nine-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox available. EPA fuel economy estimates haven't been released yet but it should be slightly better than the 2017 model's 20/25 mpg city/highway.
The NHTSA and IIHS haven't crash tested the 2018 Discovery Sport. On the HSE and HSE Luxury trims, active safety tech is optional and includes lane keeping assist, driver condition alert, automatic emergency braking, and traffic sign recognition. Adaptive cruise control is available exclusively on the range-topping HSE Luxury trim.
Behind the second row, there's 34.6 cubic feet of cargo space that can be expanded to 62.7 cubic feet. The optional third row eats up the cargo space behind the second row and leaves barely any room for your gear. When properly equipped, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport can tow up to 4,409 pounds of payload.
In a 2015 First Test, we noted that the Discovery Sport felt strained on the road and that the nine-speed automatic feels jerky and has inconsistent shift quality. Handling is acceptable with the crossover's quick and accurate steering but it does have a stiff ride. Interior quality, however, is lacking and there's excessive noise entering the cabin at high speeds. Off the pavement, the Discovery Sport performs reasonably well, provided you pick the right mode before you venture off the beaten path.
The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in front-wheel drive configuration in other world markets.