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Land Rover Discovery Sport

(2015 - present)

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a medium-sized SUV that is available with either five or seven seats. It replaced the previous Land Rover Freelander model in early 2015, although it’s a larger and more expensive vehicle. Production takes place here in the UK at Land Rover’s Halewood plant near Liverpool.

The Discovery Sport has received very mixed reviews from the UK motoring media since its launch, with scores rating from very poor to outstanding. It has received high praise for its practicality, flexibility and off-road ability. However, it has received considerable criticism for very poor reliability and the model has regularly appeared at or near the bottom of new car reliability lists from the likes of Which? and What Car? magazines.

Which? also lists the car as a “DON’T BUY” vehicle. In August 2020, the magazine publicly called for the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Velar to be recalled due to ongoing software problems.

There are entire forums devoted to the problems with the Discovery Sport’s diesel particulate filter system (along with various other Land Rover models fitted with the Ingenium diesel engine, like the first-generation Range Rover Evoque). We also have a busy thread of unhappy customers here on The Car Expert forum.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport was comprehensively updated in summer 2019, which aimed to address these reliability issues as well as upgrading the car’s interior and powertrains. The facelifted model has received improved results in recent media reviews, but we will continue tracking scores to see how this changes over time.

Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £30,160 on-road

Launched: Winter 2014/15
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: 2019


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express










Daily Mail




Green Car Guide


Honest John




The Sun


The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?





Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2014









Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has not yet been tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Security Rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: March 2020
Model tested: D150


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Land Rover Discovery Sport has received


  • What Car? Awards – Best Large SUV Over £30,000


  • What Car? Awards – Best Large SUV
  • Honest John Awards – Most Popular SUV
  • Tow Car Awards – 1700-1899kg caravan weight category


  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Diesel
  • Auto Express Awards – Compact SUV of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Safety Award

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