Land Rover Discovery Sport review - Reliability and safety

A strong Euro NCAP result points to the excellent safety credentials of the Discovery Sport, although reliability could improve

A five-star Euro NCAP rating tends to be a given these days with bigger cars, and sure enough the Discovery Sport scores five stars, a rating it earned in 2014. What’s interesting (and reassuring) is that in the occupant and pedestrian safety sections of the test the Discovery Sport scored higher than the first-generation Range Rover Evoque.

Standard safety kit includes nine airbags, electronic stability programme, two Isofix points in the middle row, automatic collision prevention braking and anti-lock brakes. What’s more, the standard all weather tyres combined with four-wheel drive mean handling is more assured in all conditions compared to many family cars – and the Discovery Sport is especially confidence-inspiring in inclement weather, thanks to the various settings of the Terrain Response system.

While the Discovery Sport was all-new when it was launched, under the skin it has plenty of parts from other models, so reliability shouldn’t be a big issue. The platform is the same as the Evoque’s, as is much of the switchgear. The 2.0-litre Ingenium engines were relatively new when introduced, but are now used in a variety of Jaguar and Land Rover models.

Other than that, the only real question mark is over the stability of the infotainment system – although from past experience, Land Rover keeps dealers informed of software updates to ensure everything works properly.

Land Rover finished 25th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. Reliability again surfaced as a key problem for the brand, as did running costs. However, exterior styling and practicality both rated highly.

Warranty

The Discovery Sport comes with a three-year manufacturer warranty and roadside assistance package as standard, regardless of mileage. Thereafter the company offers an extended warranty, although the corrosion warranty lasts six years.

Servicing

A pre-paid servicing deal for five years or 50,000 miles (whichever comes first) on the Discovery Sport costs around £500, and will help keep costs in check. It’s transferable to other owners, too. Service intervals are 12 months or 16,000 miles. Land Rover’s UK manufacturing base means parts supply is steady and fast, while its extensive dealer and servicing centre network means you shouldn’t need to travel far.

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