Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV - 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.

That's where the plug-in hybrid 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 less powerful 161bhp diesel model with five seats, front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox returns up to 44.2mpg with CO2 emissions starting at 167g/km. Opting for four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox has a minor impact on efficiency, with fuel economy falling to 41.4mpg and emissions increasing to 179g/km, making it an expensive choice for company-car drivers.

The more powerful 201bhp version of the Sport posts virtually identical figures, returning up to 42.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 175-191g/km.

Choose a petrol instead and the 197bhp, 247 and 286bhp 2.0-litre engines can all return around 30mpg, while CO2 emissions from 207-227g/km place them in the most expensive company-car tax band. That's unless you go for the petrol-based plug-in hybrid P300e, with an electric range of up to 34 miles. This ability transforms its efficiency figures, rocketing its fuel consumption number to 143.1mpg, while simultaneously cutting its official CO2 emissions to 44g/km, which is low enough for London Congestion Charge zone exemption. More crucially, such a low CO2 figure pays dividends for its BiK rating, opening up the Discovery Sport to a new audience of company-car drivers. Charging the battery pack is pretty quick, taking less than 1.5 hours to get it from zero to 80% using a 7kW home wallbox.

The base D165 front-wheel drive Sport is liable for VED (road tax) at the standard rate, with the mild-hybrid models and plug-in hybrid taxed at the discounted rate. Every model costing more than £40,000 will also incur the additional surcharge in the first five renewal years.

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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