The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the long-awaited replacement for the Freelander. It was a small crossover SUV built years before other car makers decided to get in on the act. The Discovery Sport’s main rivals are the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC.
Don’t expect to see the same luxury materials in the interior that you’d find in an Evoque – the Disco Sport is more functional than posh. Anyone can find a comfortable position in the Discovery, though, because the seats and the steering offer a lot of adjustment. The two additional seats in the back help the Discovery Sport stand out from its rivals.
Driving on and off the road is where the Discovery Sport excels – it handles twisty roads well and with a clever four-wheel-drive system (and short overhangs) it is one of the best off-roaders in its class. The car’s interior is also quiet – there is little tyre and wind noise inside, making it a capable long-distance cruiser.
The first batch of Discovery Sports were offered with the 2.2-litre diesel borrowed from Ford. It was described by testers as noisy and dated. Now, the SUV can be equipped with two versions of the same inhouse built 2.0-litre diesel. Reviewers unanimously think that this is a much better engine especially when paired with the new nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Standard equipment is decent, but the Discovery Sport is expensive. You get partial leather heated seats and a touch-screen infotainment system, but you’ll have to pay extra for sat-nav.
Cheapest to buy: 2.2-litre SE Diesel
Cheapest to run: 2.2-litre HSE Diesel
Fastest model: 2.2-litre HSE Luxury Diesel