Land Rover Discovery Sport review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Clever mild-hybrid tech and a new PHEV model help make the Discovery Sport a more economical choice
When the Discovery Sport first came out, it represented a big step upmarket over the Freelander it replaced. It took a further move in a premium direction in the 2019 round of updates, and that’s reflected in the price. Prices start from just over £32,000, while the range-topping R-Dynamic HSE is comfortably over £50,000. On the plus side, you do get plenty of kit for your money.
In 2019, Land Rover introduced mild-hybrid setups to the range, with all but the manual D165 now benefitting from the tech. The 48-volt system recovers energy that would otherwise be wasted when decelerating, stores it in a compact lithium-ion battery below the front seats, and deploys up to 140Nm of torque under acceleration to reduce the load on the combustion engine. It works alongside a stop/start system that’s able to switch off the engine below 11mph – allowing a few extra metres of fuel-free coasting. Land Rover reckons that the system boosts fuel efficiency by seven percent.
Despite this, the engines are still towards the thirstier side of the class. Based on the latest WLTP test structure, the D165 manual with front-wheel drive achieves up to 44.4mpg – depending on wheel size – and emits from 167g/km. Add the MHEV tech, auto transmission and all-wheel drive and the numbers change to 42.2mpg and 175g/km The D200 achieves a maximum 41.2mpg and emits 180g/km.
The petrols will be quite steep to run, given their fuel usage. In official tests, the P250 petrol manages best economy of just 29.8mpg and emits 213g/km of CO2, while the P290 petrol improves on these figures by just a fraction at 30.2mpg and 211g/km.
Buyers can also opt for Discovery Sport plug-in hybrid model, which has the ability to travel up to 34 miles on pure electric drive alone. If charged on a regular basis the P300e petrol PHEV is able to return a claimed 143.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 44g/km. This latter figure makes it a big winner for business users paying Benefit-in-Kind tax.
Insurance groups are between 27 and 42 depending on engine and trim, which puts the Discovery Sport on a par with its main rivals. Good parts availability and top-notch safety features including sophisticated engine immobilising technology keep insurance costs down.
It’s good news for private buyers; our experts have calculated the Land Rover will hold on to between 44 and 51% of its new value after three years and 36,000 miles.
In this review
- 1Land Rover Discovery Sport reviewThe Land Rover Discovery Sport combines seven-seat practicality, go-anywhere performance and premium style
- 2Engines, performance and driveNot exciting to drive, but ride and refinement are right towards the top of the class
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingClever mild-hybrid tech and a new PHEV model help make the Discovery Sport a more economical choice
- 4Interior, design and technologyRange Rover design cues are clear outside, while the inside is packed with clever tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePracticality and versatility are the main draws of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, with a huge boot, seven seats and masses of space
- 6Reliability and SafetyA strong Euro NCAP result points to the excellent safety credentials of the Discovery Sport, although reliability could improve