Land Rover Discovery Sport Road Test

Land Rover Discovery Sport (Rear / Side View)

Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

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The Discovery Sport is a great package ...


The Discovery Sport was tested by Euro NCAP in 2014 and it scored five stars, which breaks down to 93% for adult occupancy, 83% for child occupancy, 69% for pedestrian protection and 82% for safety assist.

This compares to the Nissan X-Trail also tested in 2014 which also scored five stars, 86% for adult occupancy, 83% for child occupancy, 75% for pedestrian protection and 75% for safety assist. Apart from the usual array of airbags the Discovery Sport also has a bonnet airbag which is designed to protect pedestrians from impacting with the windscreen/bonnet.


Our test car was equipped with a DAB digital radio, Satellite Navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB and Aux socket and steering wheel mounted audio controls.

There are also useful 5v USB and 12v cigar lighter style charging sockets, in the front and rear of the car that will charge an iPad or phone.

The system comprises 7-inch centrally mounted touch screen display – you can set the system up as a Wi-Fi hot spot, you can add In-Control apps such as Spotify which operate via your iPhone, we did have some success using as an iPod as we did not have a suitable iPhone to hand.

Overall the Navigation system was easy to use, the addition of apps that allow the car to be controlled, or add music connectivity are welcome – it was all very clear.

Being an HSE Lux you also get Meridian’s entry level 17 speaker system which is great – although when pushed there was some resonance from the speakers with door vibration at volume.

  • BMW X3
  • Mercedes Benz GLC
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Range Rover Evoque
What we liked
  • Pretty much everything
What we disliked
  • Top of the range models are getting expensive
  • Cost of optional extras
  • Intrusive stop/start system
  • 5+2 seating – needs the option to remove the +2 seats for more boot space

Land Rover has left the days of the Freelander well and truly behind with this model, the only criticism is that Freelander devotees are going to miss the boot height and probably do not need to seat seven people. I can only think of once or twice when this would have been helpful in years of motoring.

The Discovery Sport is a great package although this is soon to be eclipsed by the new Discovery which some of you might wish to explore if there is the need for something larger.

5 November 2016 Melanie Carter
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Land Rover Discovery Sport Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLand Rover Discovery Sport HSE Lux
Body Type5-door SUV
ColourYulong White, Ebony Interior with Windsor Leather
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph8.4 Seconds
Top Speed 117 mph
Transmission9-Speed Automatic
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)139 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban44.8 mpg
Extra Urban60.1 mpg
Combined53.3 mpg
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 Years / Unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 05/11/16)£45,985

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