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Available in 6 unique models the Land Rover Discovery Sport has a variant to suit any style, budget or way of life. The Discovery Sport can also be tailored to you exact specification with a wide variety of optional extras, colour choices and seat configurations.
With so many options available to you when making a decision on which Discovery Sport fits your needs placing an order can become a mine field so we have broken down the various specifications below to help you see, at a glance, what suits you.
Most models in the Discovery Sport line-up are available in both 5 and 7 seat configurations. We start with the entry level SE then through 4 more models, each of which more luxurious than the last, ending with the HSE Dynamic Lux; the pièce de résistance.
The Discovery Sport comes in 15 colour options with costs ranging from free ranging all the way up to the rare premium metallic finishes which weigh in at a £1,245. These colours include:
Available in HSE and above is the striking Phoenix Orange.
With almost 1,700 litres of storage and space for up to 7 adults you’ll never be left wanting more even with the entry level trim. The SE comes partially trimmed with leather as standard and the key specification pointers are:
However, this is by no means a conclusive list of the features packed into every model of the Discovery Sport.
Welcome to SE Tech, this model comes with all of the same features that the SE boasts as well as a range of technological components to help you utilise the Land Rover driving experience. These components are:
With striking aesthetic changes both to the exterior and interior this mid-range model is one of the best looking of the bunch. It comes trimmed with full grained leather as standard which is available in ebony, cirrus and almond colour options (or black, grey and tan to you and me!). The exterior offers unique alloy wheels and a metallic silver grill while the model its self has a whole range of features to entertain, assist and satisfy:
Working with the HSE as a base Land Rover has chosen to give this model a much younger, flashier and angrier look by adding features such as 20” black alloy wheels, privacy glass, and black finishes to the fender vents, grille & surround, mirror caps. Not to mention dramatic black DISCOVERY lettering on the boot and bonnet.
Entering whole new levels of refinement this model showcases luxury (hence the name). The exterior again features unique alloy wheels, however, the levels of refinement are only really made known on entering the cabin. The interior is trimmed with the finest Windsor leather and has mood lighting which the driver can manually configure. In addition, the model also comes with:
The HSE Dynamic Lux embodies the luxury associated with the Jaguar Land Rover brand and encapsulates it within an eye-catching, sporty and potent looking body. The HSE Dynamic Lux’s is recognisable by the completely remodelled bumpers and side mouldings which are used to emphasise the exclusive and unique gloss black alloy wheels. With DISCOVERY emblazoned across the front and rear in Narvik black and the roof, mirrors and grille finished in the same this flagship model will not be missed on the roads.
Available with SE, SE Tech and HSE
The above figures are manufacturers' estimates
Available with SE, SE Tech, HSE and HSE Luxury
The above figures are manufacturers' estimates
Available with SE, SE Tech, HSE, HSE Black and HSE Luxury
The above figures are manufacturers' estimates
The Discovery Sport is nothing if not practical, and there are plenty of reasons why. The clever 5+2 seating arrangement has been made possible thanks to the introduction of compact multi-link suspension that creates room for a third row of seats in the boot space. It is worth noting, however, that the 148bhp e-Capability model comes without the extra seats in the interest of reducing weight.
The individual extra seats can each be pulled from the boot floor to secured position in just one movement, and the middle row slides forward to allow for easy access and extra legroom in the very rear. The two rear seats are a little too small for the average adult, but are useful nonetheless, especially when mass family daytrips are concerned.
When the rear seats are not in place, the boot itself has a huge 981-litre capacity, but this figure also takes into account the full space right up to the roofline rather than to the load cover. There’s a similar amount of space under the cover as in the Jaguar F-Pace, but less under-floor storage. With the rear seats folded down again, the capacity increases to a utilitarian 1,698 litres, and there are several useful hooks and a 12V power supply as well as an optional adjustable loading rail system.
Serving the rest of the cabin, there’s a lot of useful storage space, cup holders conveniently located for passengers all around, and up to seven USB sockets to allow all passengers to charge their smartphones at the same time.
The Discovery Sport’s electric handbrake opens up valuable space in the transmission tunnel for two lidded storage sections, and there’s a useful storage tray in the dashboard in front of the passenger seat. The family-friendly layout of the car would of course not be complete without the very comfortable passenger head- and legroom, (rearmost seats excluded).
The rear-heavy profile of the Discovery Sport shouldn’t fool prospective drivers into thinking it’s a lumbering beast of a vehicle. It is actually shorter than the five-seat Lexus NX and the Audi Q5. Not bad for a seven-seat SUV.
Whilst the car is fairly tall, it doesn’t feel any bulkier from the driver’s seat, and actually feels quite compact in relation to its carrying capacity.
Compared to its rivals, the Discovery Sport offers a much more distinct feeling of space for its occupants, especially in the HSE models which come with the panoramic glass roof. The middle row – or the second row of ‘proper’ seats – fits three passengers in two larger outer seats and a slightly narrower middle seat that still gives plenty of room. All three passengers enjoy lots of knee and foot space thanks to a flat floor made possible by some very nifty packaging of the transmission tunnel and the ability to slide backwards or forwards by up to 16cm. The seats themselves, which look relatively flat, are in fact soft and comfortable.
Getting to the two rearmost seats is no problem thanks to back doors that open to almost 90 degrees and the middle row’s ability to tilt forward and create a wide access in one simple motion. Space is slightly limited in the last two seats, but they work perfectly well when used to travel short distances or to chauffer youngsters on longer journeys.
The previously mentioned 981-litre boot includes the area above the parcel shelf. With all of the five rear seats laid flat, this increases to 1,698 litres similar to the Audi Q5’s 1,560-litre capacity. All of the space inside the car is entirely usable thanks to the completely flat-folding five rearmost chairs, making it ideal for camping trips and all other equipment-reliant pursuits.
Although the remotely operated electronic tailgate that comes with the SE Tech models and above is very useful for loading, the boot itself is also very well designed. The square shape and the lip that sits flush to the floor are complemented by a number of hooks and an optional rail system.
With a five-star Euro NCAP rating, four-wheel drive and proven underpinnings to its name, the Discovery Sport is a pretty safe option. Five-star Euro NCAP ratings are often given to larger cars nowadays, and the Discovery Sport certainly doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Interestingly, and quite reassuringly too, the occupant and pedestrian safety aspects of the Discovery Sport’s test results were both higher than those of the Range Rover Evoque.
The Discovery Sport’s standard safety kit includes nine airbags, an electronic stability programme, two ISOFIX points in the middle row of seats, automatic collision prevention braking and anti-lock brakes too. Additionally, the standard all-weather tyres used in conjunction with four-wheel drive mean that handling is much more assured in all kinds of conditions when compared to many family vehicles. The Discovery Sport is particularly reliable when driven in poor weather conditions thanks to the various settings offered by the Terrain Response system.
First impressions count, and with the Discovery Sport they score highly as the good looks evident on the outside of the car are continued throughout the interior.
The 5+2 seating options make for a highly versatile experience, and the seven-seat SUV drives well on its Ingenium diesel engine. Based largely on the Evoque, using its chassis and much of its switchgear, the Discovery Sport delivers a lot more space inside, making it better value for money for some.
Practicality is key with the Discovery Sport, and the optional seven seats are a real clincher for many drivers. The off-road capabilities of the car outstrip those of its rivals whilst the car still delivers smooth handling on the road and good performance and refinement. Speed is not of the essence with the Discovery Sport and, although fuel economy is compromised, the car is overall a perfectly complete family package with space for five big ones and two smaller passengers. Meanwhile, the car delivers a cool driving experience with the ability to tackle rougher terrain without trouble.
Although it shares a name with the rather larger Land Rover Discovery 4, the Sport is a luxury compact SUV through and through. Designed to take on the likes of the Audi Q5 and Jaguar F-Pace, it is a bigger, more luxurious upgrade from the old Freelander 2.
A very nicely styled grille inherits looks from the Evoque, and the theme continues inside the cabin with a far classier and more aesthetic appearance and than older Land Rovers.
When driven, the Discovery Sport feels nothing less than totally composed and impressively agile. The steering is fast and precise, and the car can be placed with ease. Really coming into its own at speed, road and wind noise are well muffled.
Choose from five trim levels running up from SE, SE Tech, HSE, and HSE Luxury to the final HSE Dynamic Lux. All versions are very well kitted out, with heated seats, part-leather trim, a DAB radio, Bluetooth connection, and climate control.
There’s plenty to learn about the Discovery Sport. If you haven’t already done so, you might like to read through all of the information available under the 'Leasing Deals' tab. However, if all you need is a quick recap of the details before making a final decision, here’s our roundup of the striking Sport’s top features:
Body types and trim: The Sport is available in one standard body type, but the customisation possible with the range of trim levels means no two cars will ever feel too similar. The SE base model comes with nifty features including heated front seats and rear parking aid, and specs continue to increase through the SE Tech, HSE, HSE Black, HSE Luxury, and HSE Dynamic Lux models. Exterior and interior options including a panoramic sunroof are available on certain models.
Engine: The Discovery Sport runs on Jaguar Land Rover’s new breed of Ingenium engine, which has been designed for maximum efficiency, refinement, and performance. The engine comes in 150bhp or 180bhp with four-wheel drive and either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic gearbox. A combination of advanced technology and all-aluminium constructed engine means the Sport delivers well on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This lighter and more efficient engine is also more affordable and convenient to run.
Running costs: Despite its chunky dimensions, the Discovery Sport delivers well on economy. The 2.0-litre Ingenium engine can keep emissions as low as 129g/km for the manual 150bhp version, and fuel consumption is also impressive at around 50mpg. The 180bhp version with automatic gearbox gives 53.3mpg and 139g/km of emissions, placing it in VED band E.
Top features: Not lacking in impressive attention to detail, the Discovery Sport is chock full of features. Hi-tech displays and cutting-edge controls combine to create an uncluttered dashboard with 8” touchscreen and optional head-up display. A 10” screen with InControl Touch Pro is also available. Sliding seats and a collapsible third row in the back make the Sport highly adaptive and suitable for family use. Options including a contrast or panoramic roof, 18” to 20” alloys and a range of practical add-ons make the Discovery Sport ready for anything you throw at it.
Safety ratings and reliability: With so much attention paid to the look and feel of the Discovery Sport, it’s little surprise that Land Rover has done its utmost to make the car as safe and reliable as possible. The standard kit comes with nine airbags, two ISOFIX points in the middle row, an electronic stability programme, anti-lock brakes and automatic collision prevention braking. On top of that, the standard all-weather tyres combined with four-wheel drive make handling a breeze in all conditions. The Terrain Response system makes driving in poorer weather conditions especially impressive.
Under the skin of the car, most of the kit is tried and tested, but the Ingenium diesel engine and infotainment system are both brand new so reliability is as yet not fully tested. In terms of safety ratings, Euro NCAP has scored the Discovery Sport five stars and rated the car higher for occupant and pedestrian safety than the Evoque.
External reviews: Check out the Discovery Sport in more detail in these YouTube video reviews. As these link out to an external site, we can’t be sure the content will have remained the same, but last time we checked all was in order!
The first review is from Nigel Swan at What Car?
The second comes from Car Keys UK’s Andy Goodwin:
You could trust us, but these guys all have very good things to say too:
The Discovery Sport was introduced in 2014, marking the next step in the evolution of Land Rover’s compact SUVs. Beginning with the Freelander in 1997, and moving on to the Freelander 2 in 2006, the aim of Land Rover’s smaller models was to meet market demand for an SUV smaller than both the Discovery and Range Rover. Available in five- and seven-seat variants, the Discovery Sport has proven popular with family buyers, and shares a number of design cues with the larger Discovery Vision concept previewed at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.
What you’ll first notice when driving the Discovery Sport is the distinct lack of noise. Land Rover put the Sport through rigorous testing to make sure road noise including tyre roar and bumps have as little impact as possible on the driving experience. With only the biggest of bumps delivering muted thuds from the suspension, the senses are left free to experience the Sport’s drive without distraction. The Sport’s noiselessness is in part helped by the new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine, fading noise into the background at cruising, as well as the optional automatic gearbox that keeps revs mid-range whilst improving acceleration and keeping engine noise to a minimum.
The Discovery Sport’s suspension doesn’t just deliver a smooth sounding ride. A firmer feeling suspension at low speed gives way to an impressive performance capable of smoothing out most bumps and potholes the faster you go, thanks to the new multi-link rear axle.
When it really wants to show off, the Discovery Sport heads off-road. Its excellent ground clearance and high front and rear overhangs make taking steep slopes a doddle, and the intelligent Terrain Response system adapts traction control to different conditions, helping the vehicle to really push its limits. Hand over to one of five terrain modes – Normal, Mud, Sand, Rocks, and Snow – and let the Sport do the rest.
The Sport’s body movement is very well controlled, with plenty of grip even on standard all-weather tyres. Even in the slipperiest conditions, the electronically controlled permanent four-wheel drive system delivers excellent traction. Agile and alert around corners, the electric steering is sharp, direct, and precise, taking bends with ease. This combined with a high-set driving position and good visibility, the Sport can be manoeuvred with confidence.
With variable hill descent control, a wading depth of 600mm, lots of ground clearance, and excellent approach and departure angles in its armoury, the Discovery Sport is an off-road champion fit for a family.
The Discovery Sport is a reliably chunky SUV but, despite its size, delivers pretty good running costs. The 2.0-litre Ingenium engine helping to keep emissions as low as 129g/km for the manual 148bhp version, fuel consumption is also remarkably good. Daily usage should sit comfortably at around 50mpg, whilst the even more powerful 178bhp version with automatic gearbox delivers 53.3mpg and 139g/km, setting it in VED band E.
The Discovery Sport is Land Rover through and through, with climate controls, the dash and switchgear all taken from the Evoque. Although the Discovery is a sturdy machine, what’s inside makes it feel truly premium.
Fitted out with top of the range materials and built for strength and quality, the automatic version of the Sport gets a rotary gear selector that comes up from the centre console and brings with it the gem-like dial markers previously seen on the Evoque. Even standard SE models come with a high spec of equipment, with alloy wheels, heated seats, part-leather upholstery, climate control, Bluetooth connection and DAB radio included. This is perfectly good, but stump up that little extra and the SE Tech adds automatic lights and wipers and an electronic tailgate perfectly suited to the Discovery Sport’s largely family-oriented market.
Taking things a step further in the luxury stakes, the HSE adds in full leather interior, electrically adjustable seating, a reversing camera, panoramic sunroof, and keyless entry to enhance the vehicle’s practical capabilities. The highest trim spec is the HSE Luxury, which adds in heated and cooled front seats, rear heated seats and a rather clever self-parking system. If it’s a really premium SUV you’re after, then the upper two trim levels make the Discovery Sport just the car for you.
The Discovery Sport’s infotainment system is almost in itself reason enough to choose to drive it. The eight-inch, high-res screen is refreshingly user-friendly, with clear labels and a properly responsive touchscreen. Whilst there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto function, an optional InControl Touch Pro upgrade available from 2016 delivers a larger 10.2 inch screen with a clearer display and updated gesture controls similar to those found on most smartphones.
As standard, the updated Sport features Tile, a system that uses small Bluetooth tags on everyday items such as keys, wallets, and phones to remind drivers not to leave any important items behind. New safety features include a drowsiness detection system, an intelligent speed limiter that reads road signs and prompts drivers to accept a change in speed, and camera-operated lane departure technology that carefully steers the car back into its lane.
Still on board is full 3D mapping with easy-to-use address entry system, and dual view technology to allow the passenger to watch a film whilst the driver uses the on-screen navigation system. Audio options include the standard 10-speaker sound system with Bluetooth audio streaming and very good sound quality, or an 11-speaker unit with subwoofer for an additional £200. The optional 17-speaker Meridian system really delivers, however, with fantastic volume and sound clarity.
On the outside, the Discovery Sport really does have a look all of its own. Under the skin, however, the car is put together from much of Land Rover’s best-performing kit from previous vehicles. It’s no wonder then that reliability isn’t an issue. The platform and switchgear both come from the Evoque, although the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine is new.
The one potential issue lies in the stability of the infotainment system, but from our experience we find that Land Rover keeps its dealers informed of all of its latest software updates to ensure that its vehicles continue to work to their full and almighty potential.