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Land Rover Discovery Sport review - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Land Rover Discovery Sport will hold its value well on the used market and a plug-in hybrid is now available

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​The Land Rover Discovery Sport is reasonably 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. However, even with the help of mild-hybrid technology, every petrol and diesel sits in the top BiK band for business buyers.

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That's where the PHEV comes in, blending petrol and electric power to cut emissions to below 50g/km, making it a far more affordable prospect for company-car drivers.

Land Rover Discovery Sport MPG & CO2

The Discovery Sport engine offerings have changed a few times, but it’s currently available with a mild-hybrid diesel D200 engine, a mild-hybrid petrol P250 engine, and a petrol-based plug-in hybrid P300e powertrain.

The D200 with 201bhp will return up to 42.7mpg according to Land Rover’s official figures, with CO2 emissions of around 173g/km making it an expensive choice for company-car drivers – a slightly more efficient, but less powerful diesel model was previously offered but has now been discontinued.

The P250 petrol model with 246bhp achieves a fuel economy figure of up to 30.7mpg and emits from 209g/km of CO2, placing it in the most expensive company-car tax band. It’s also only available in the most expensive Dynamic HSE trim, meaning it will be an expensive car to buy and run.

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Company-car choosers will be best served by the plug-in hybrid petrol P300e model. Available across all trim levels, it has an official fuel economy figure of up to 190mpg, with just 33g/km of CO2 emissions, placing it in a lower BiK band. You’ll get up to 38 miles of electric range in EV mode according to WLTP figures, meaning you’ll be able to complete the majority of short trips around town without using a drop of fuel. It’s capable of a 0 to 80% charge in as little as half an hour thanks to DC fast-charging capability being fitted as standard.

Insurance group

The Discovery Sport’s insurance groupings range from 27 for the 2.0-litre diesel through to 42 for the plug-in hybrid in R-Dynamic HSE trim. That’s roughly on par with the BMW X3 and Lexus NX, but the Audi Q5 will cost more than its three rivals.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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