Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
The Land Rover Discovery Sport will hold its value well on the used market and its diesel engines are efficient
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is efficient and cheap to run for a small SUV with serious off-road ability, but the two-wheel-drive model is more economical if you don’t mind staying on tarmac. From 2019, all but the entry-level diesel gained mild-hybrid technology to assist the combustion engine, saving fuel and emissions. A plug-in hybrid is on the cards too, offering even lower running costs.
Land Rover Discovery Sport MPG & CO2
The less powerful 148bhp model with five seats, front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox can return up to 47.8mpg and emits from 159g/km of CO2, making it the best choice for company-car drivers. With two extra seats, an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, these running costs increase to 40.9mpg with CO2 emissions from 185g/km.
The more powerful 178bhp version of the Sport is only slightly less efficient. Its official figures span up to 40.4mpg, while the range-topping 237bhp diesel manages up to 39.6mpg. Road tax costs exactly the same £150 as the less powerful engine, as long as the Sport doesn’t cost more than £40,000 when new - the car will incur a £325 surcharge in the first five renewal years if it does.
Choose a petrol instead, and the 197bhp and 247bhp 2.0-litre engines can both return around 30mpg, while CO2 emissions from 208g/km place them in the most expensive company-car tax band.
The 2019-onwards Discovery Sport insurance groupings range from 27E for 2.0-litre diesel manual through to 39E for the highest trim level 2.0 diesel with the most powerful 237bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine. That’s roughly on par with the BMW X3 and Lexus NX, but the Audi Q5 will cost more than its three rivals.
All Land Rover models are covered by an unlimited-mileage warranty that lasts for three years. A separate warranty covers the paintwork for three years against manufacturing defects. Extended warranties can be purchased at extra cost.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport requires servicing every 16,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. There’s an Approved Service Plan which, for a one-off payment, covers five years or 50,000 miles of servicing.