2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV

City mpg:
21
Highway mpg:
25

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV Overview

The standard features of the Land Rover Discovery Sport SE include Ingenium 2.0L I-4 237hp intercooled turbo engine, 9-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, Terrain Response four-wheel drive.

2018 Land Rover
Discovery Sport SUV

Starting at: $37,795

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 25 deg
  • Departure angle - 31 deg
  • Ground clearance (min) - 211mm (8.3")
  • Ramp breakover angle - 21 deg
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 10
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 237hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 251 lb.-ft. @ 1,250RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 87.5mm x 83.1mm (3.44" x 3.27")
  • Compression ratio - 10.00 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,748kg (3,854lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,504kg (5,520lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,590mm (180.7")
  • Exterior body width - 1,895mm (74.6")
  • Exterior height - 1,725mm (67.9")
  • Wheelbase - 2,741mm (107.9")
  • Turning radius - 5.8m (19.0')
  • Front legroom - 1,067mm (42.0")
  • Rear legroom - 947mm (37.3")
  • Front headroom - 1,021mm (40.2")
  • Rear headroom - 983mm (38.7")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,458mm (57.4")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,430mm (56.3")
  • Interior cargo volume - 906 L (32 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,894 L (67 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 237hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Torque - 251 lb.-ft. @ 1,250RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 9 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - CommandShift
  • Drive type - Terrain Response four-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 21mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 25mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/60VR18.0
  • Rear tires - 235/60VR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
SE 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV SE Search New $37,795   237-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 25  
HSE 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV HSE Search New $42,395   237-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 25  
HSE LUX 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV HSE LUX Search New $46,795   237-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  21 / 25  
HSE 286hp 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV HSE 286hp Search New $49,395   286-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 25  
HSE LUX 286hp 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV HSE LUX 286hp Search New $52,895   286-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 25  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The base 237-horsepower engine can accelerate the Discovery Sport from zero to sixty in 7.8 seconds, and it can hit 124 miles per hour. We haven’t driven a 2018 model with the upgraded engine.

Land Rover blends road tenacity with offroad ability like no other brand. The stocky 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, making 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque at just 1750 rpm, is responsive and confident. The broad torque curve helps the Discovery Sport feel peppier than it actually is. It’s as comfortable on the freeway as it is rock crawling on trails.

The paddleshifting 9-speed automatic can launch in second gear for smoothness and skip gears if necessary, for example when you floor the throttle and it shifts down. It can be a little busy as it sorts through gears, but it’s mostly unobtrusive. Speaking of unobtrusive, we found the standard engine stop-start system to be relatively smooth.

The suspension is front struts and rear links, both mounted to subframes for isolation from noise and vibration. The electric power steering has a variable ratio to improve on-center response. There’s not much feedback but it’s nicely weighted. It’s confident on a curvy road and unwinds predictably.

Big disc brakes on all four wheels provide terrific finesse and a firm pedal feel at speed. The brakes stop the weight of nearly 4000 pounds just fine.

The suspension allows more travel and more control during rebound than the Evoque, not surprising because the Evoque is intended to be less of an offroad vehicle. The traction control system with its modes decides which wheel gets the power. That might not be traditional off-roading, but it works. The Discovery Sport can handle a steep rocky climb. The weak link will be the tire sidewalls.

The Discovery Sport offers approach and departure angles of 25 and 31 degrees, along with 8.3 inches of ground clearance and a wading depth of nearly 24 inches. The maximum tilt angle and gradient angle are 27 and 45 degrees. That all translates to high capability over very difficult terrain.

Through the Haldex 5 center-differential clutch pack and brake actuation at the individual wheels, the system can send torque to whichever wheel has the most traction, and up to 100 percent to either axle.

The Terrain Response system’s modes affect throttle sensitivity, transmission response, differential behavior, steering weighting, and stability systems. It works with the Haldex 5 center-differential clutch pack and brake actuation to deliver torque to the wheel that has the grip to use it. We drove the Discovery Sport on some steep trails covered by snow and ice, rugged enough to challenge the car’s angles, ground clearance, and traction systems. Besides being very capable, we found it very easy to drive off-road.

Walk Around

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Land Rovers aren’t as boxy as they used to be. The Discovery Sport is distinctive in the sense that it doesn’t commit to the soft crossover look, but its sculpting is still smooth and not chiseled. Its profile is rakish, with a flair of extant Land Rover ruggedness. The wheels are big for the body, so the Sport looks planted. It’s all about the stance.

The thin strips of honeycomb grille, clamshell hood, skid plates, short overhangs, and keyed headlamps say Range Rover. The roofline pulls over the rear pillars in an athletic manner, ending at a stubby tailgate spoiler as it does. If North Face designed cars, they would look like this.

The Design Package is especially good looking, and brings the Disco Sport to life. It features special front and rear bumper designs, integrated rear tailpipes, gloss black 20-inch spoked alloy wheels, and black trim inside and out.

Interior Overview

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The Discovery Sport’s cabin is business-like, with the horizontal dash and vertical centerstack meeting with the rigidity of a T-square. It’s not stark, but rather an elegant contrast to the smooth-but-still-SUVish exterior. There’s plenty of hard plastic, but it’s mostly hidden away where it doesn’t matter so much. Soft-touch surfaces abound, especially on the knobs and dials; and the rotary shift controller, rising from the piano-black center console upon startup, is a nice centerpiece. The climate control knobs are from Jaguar.

Graphics on the optional 10.2-inch infotainment screen are really nice, but the option requires adding a number of other features that shoot the price still higher. There’s a USB charging port for every passenger, including the tiny people squeezed into the third row.

Thanks to the high seating position and thin pillars, the forward visibility is excellent. Not so the rearward visibility when the third row is deployed. But that’s normal, and at least the Disco Sport has a standard rearview camera, for safety when backing up.

There’s good space in the first two rows, and the second row sits higher than the first, for good passenger visibility through the windshield; that’s part of the Land Rover identity. The second row also reclines, and slides on a 6.3-inch track, allowing for lots of leg room.

The optional third row is not only small, it’s thinly padded. It folds up from the cargo floor and has an even higher seating position than the second row, great for kids but it puts adults’ knees into their chins. So forget it, adults. Families needing a third row should look to the Discovery, not the Sport, but that plus-2 is there for the occasional need.

Summary

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Superb powertrain, stylish looks, elegant cabin, great ride and handling, 5+2 seating, and over-achieving offroad capability, all for a reasonable entry-level price. If you can live without the stylish options, it’s a bargain, even with barely-20 fuel mileage on premium fuel.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport comes in SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury models, all equipped with all-wheel drive and the 237-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

Discovery Sport SE ($37,795) includes leatherette trim, eight-way power seats, a 10-speaker audio system, an app-based infotainment system with an eight-inch screen, rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

Discovery Sport HSE ($42,395) ) adds 10-way power seats in upgraded leather, a fixed glass roof, xenon HID headlamps, front parking sensors, a power liftgate, and a proximity key. HSE Luxury ($46,795) has high-grade leather seats finished with a special diamond pattern, navigation, 19-inch alloy wheels, and some styling items.

The HSE and HSE Luxury are available with the more powerful 286-horsepower engine ($7000).

Options include heated seats, heated steering wheel, a power liftgate that can be opened with a swipe of a foot under the rear bumper, ambient mood lighting, and a Meridian audio system, to name some. The Entertainment Pack adds a 16-speaker audio system, navigation, and Land Rover’s new 10.2-inch infotainment system. The Intelligent Dynamics Pack includes a mode that tightens up the suspension and steering for better handling on curvy pavement. Several appearance packages are available including exclusive alloy wheels.

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