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Land Rover Discovery Sport Review: Up Close and Personal

June 19, 2015

It’s finally Friday and what better way to wrap up the working week than with a new review? Sitting pretty in the spotlight today is the Land Rover Discovery Sport. While our review of the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport gave you all the need-to-know basics of this SUV, today, we’re getting up close and personal. From the bags of tech you’ll find inside the Discovery Sport to the range of Land Rover finance options available, today’s Land Rover Discovery Sport review has got everything covered. Let’s dive in.


This British build is easy on the eye and provides plenty of practicality. For drivers who regularly cover long distances, the electric seat adjustment available on higher-end specs will offer welcome support. Despite being shorter than some of its competitors, the Discovery Sport still boasts an accommodating seven seats – a feat the Freelander couldn’t have achieved. Inside the cabin, the dimensions might be small but the Brits know how to work with what they’ve got – and the wide rear doors make it easy to climb inside the Discovery Sport. There’s also stacks of storage space, including cup holders, a large storage box and a 1.5 litre glove box. With all of the rear seats folded flat, boot capacity is a huge 1,698 litres, offering ample room for your luggage – and with a towing capacity of 2,200kg, there’s not much this SUV can’t accommodate.

Performance & Handling

There is currently only one engine available with the Discovery Sport – the 188bhp 2.2 litre diesel – although a 2.0 litre is expected to join the lineup this year. With a standard manual gearbox, this engine can accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds and returns 46.3mpg – with CO2 emissions of 162g/km. If you opt for an automatic, the Discovery Sport manages 0-62mph in just 8.4 seconds. Whichever gearbox you pick, the Discovery Sport tops out at a very respectable 117mph.


Depending on how much tech you’re after, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is available in four trims. The basic SE spec packs in climate and cruise control, rear parking sensors, part-leather upholstery and heated front seats – as well as DAB radio and an 8 inch colour touch-screen. With such an extensive kit list, upgrading to a higher spec will be a question of preference rather than necessity. If you want to add front parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and a Sat Nav system, opt for the popular SE Tech. The range-topping HSE Luxury comes with a steeper price tag – and finishes the lineup with heated rear seats and front seat functions which include both electronic adjustment and heating and cooling options.

Land Rover Finance

If our Land Rover review has left you chomping at the bit, you can climb inside a Discovery Sport of your own from just £30,695 – and if you need help financing your luxury SUV, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. We don’t think the price tag should stop you from owning the car of your dreams – and thanks to our flexible finance deals, it doesn’t have to. Whether you want to check out our range of Land Rover finance deals or simply get a quick quote with our online car finance calculator, start exploring your options today.


About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.