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Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Summary


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.

Key specifications


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: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2014

93%

ADULT OCCUPANT

83%

CHILD OCCUPANT

69%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

82%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Land Rover Discovery Sport D180 2.0-litre diesel automatic received a 1.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “The Land Rover Discovery Sport weighs over two tonnes and, in the 2.0-litre diesel form tested here, has a modest 180hp of power but a hefty 430 Nm of torque. With high and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation, selective catalytic reduction and a diesel particulate filter, the car makes a fine job of controlling pollutant emissions, only NOx being overly high in some of the more challenging tests.

“It is in the areas of Energy Efficiency and, especially, Greenhouse Gases that the vehicle struggles. Here, its high weight counts against it and values of CO2 are high, the declared value of 188 g/km being achieved only in the cold-start laboratory test.

“Emissions of N2O, a particularly potent greenhouse gas, are also high, contributing to a low index in this part of the assessment and dragging the average down to give an overall 1½ star rating.”

This rating only applies to the D180 2.0-litre diesel automatic version of the Discovery Sport, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

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

Awards


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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

  • 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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