2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport offers excellent off-road prowess, but its handling over pavement can’t match rivals’, and it has a subpar predicted reliability rating. The Discovery Sport does not have an overall score or ranking because it has not been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding off-road ability
  • Plush second-row seats
  • Good cargo capacity
  • Uninspiring powertrain
  • Not as agile or smooth as competitors
  • Infotainment system less user-friendly than rivals’
  • Poor fuel economy

New for 2020

  • Base engine gains 9 horsepower
  • Mild-hybrid powertrain now available
  • Revamped trim lineup
  • New standard and available features

Research & Ratings

The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport is unranked in Luxury Compact SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the Land Rover Discovery Sport's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data.

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 6.3
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury compact suvs.
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Reliability:
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Is the Land Rover Discovery Sport a Good SUV?

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is not a good all-around SUV, but there are things to like about it. The Discovery Sport is one of the best off-roaders in the class, it has swanky second-row seats, and it provides plenty of cargo space.

Its weaknesses outweigh its strengths, however. The Discovery Sport isn’t quick or powerful, it has stodgy handling on pavement, and it gets bad fuel economy. Ride quality and front-seat comfort are just so-so. Finally, this Land Rover has a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Discovery Sport?

You should not buy the Land Rover Discovery Sport. Other than off-road ability, it falls short of most luxury compact SUVs in just about every category. And despite the Discovery Sport's below-average price, it still doesn’t represent a good value. Also, its list of standard features is short for the class.

Shoppers should look at alternatives like the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Or, if you want to stick within the Land Rover family, check out the Range Rover Evoque.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The 2020 Discovery Sport sees several updates that make it an appealing choice, though it's up to you to decide if they justify the higher price of buying a new model instead of a used one.

For 2020, Land Rover reshuffles the trim lineup, introduces a more powerful base engine (246 horsepower, up from 237), and adds a mild-hybrid system to the available engine that helps out during low-speed acceleration.

Newly standard features for 2020 include a 10-inch touch screen (up from 8 inches), front parking sensors, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Newly available features include clear exit assist, wireless device charging, and ClearSight Rear View and ClearSight Ground View. Each of these systems uses cameras to let you see an unobstructed view of what's behind or beneath the vehicle.

If you’re going to buy used, we recommend shopping for 2018 and newer models. The 2019 Discovery Sport received minor updates to the infotainment system, and the 2018 model was the first to offer two turbo-charged engine options. The 2017 and older models had just one engine option, and it was an underpowered naturally aspirated four-cylinder.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Discovery Sport, 2018 Discovery Sport, and 2019 Discovery Sport reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 27 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our car reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This 2020 Discovery Sport review incorporates applicable research for all models of the current generation, which launched for 2015.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years’ worth of auto industry experience combined. To keep our reviews unbiased, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside company manages our advertising.

How Much Does the Land Rover Discovery Sport Cost?

The Discovery Sport carries a base price of $37,800. That's a below-average starting price for the luxury compact SUV class. The most expensive trim, the Discovery Sport R-Dynamic HSE, starts at $52,800. That's also a bit below average for a top trim in the class.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Land Rover dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Land Rover deals page.

Land Rover Discovery Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Land Rover Discovery Sport or Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is a much better vehicle than the Discovery Sport. The GLC is one of our highest-rated luxury compact SUVs year in and year out. It provides a more cushioned ride and comes with an appealing list of tech features, including an infotainment system that's easier to use than the one in the Discovery Sport.

The GLC also gives you a broader choice of powertrains, all of which are energetic. Finally, this Mercedes earns a slightly higher predicted reliability rating than the Land Rover. You’ll get more cargo space with the Discovery Sport, as well as better off-road ability and an available third-row seat. Overall, though, the Land Rover pales in comparison to the Mercedes.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Discovery Sport or Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

The Range Rover Evoque, a luxury subcompact SUV, and the Discovery Sport share some similarities, but the Evoque is the superior vehicle in this showdown between Land Rovers. As you probably guessed, both of these luxury crossovers are terrific off-roaders, and they have similar powertrain offerings.

The Evoque has a posh, comfortable interior and more standard infotainment features than the Discovery Sport. It also handles better and gets better fuel economy. The Discovery Sport offers third-row seating and has more room for people and cargo, but those are its only real advantages over its Land Rover cousin.

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Discovery Sport Interior

How Many People Does the Discovery Sport Seat?

The Land Rover Discovery Sport comes standard with seating for five, but an optional third-row seat expands capacity to seven. The front seats have plenty of space, though they're firmer than you'd expect for a luxury vehicle.

The second-row seats are outstanding. There's plenty of head- and legroom, as well as ample padding and support. The seats also slide and recline for added comfort. The optional third-row seats are useful, but they'll leave adults feeling like they're sitting in a matchbox.

Discovery Sport and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Discovery Sport’s second-row outboard seats, as well as a tether-only connection for the second-row middle seat.

Discovery Sport Interior Quality

The Discovery Sport features an elegant cabin with a lot of quality materials. Still, while it's nice for its price point, this Land Rover is a step or two behind the poshest interiors in the class.

Discovery Sport Cargo Space

You have plenty of cargo room in this Land Rover, and it’s more than in many class rivals. In the standard five-seat configuration, you get 34.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Fold down those seats, and you have 60 cubes.

If you get the optional third-row seats, you’ll only have 6.8 cubic feet of space behind the rearmost seat. In other words, you really can't haul much without folding down some seats.

Discovery Sport Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Discovery Sport include dual-zone automatic climate control and the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and multiple USB ports.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging, a Meridian audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation pro, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Also available is Land Rover's Activity Key, which is a wearable fob you can use to lock and unlock your doors.

The InControl interface is pretty easy to understand and master. Unfortunately, the touch screen isn't very responsive. Also, its placement on the center stack is a far reach for most drivers. Several competitors have better infotainment systems.

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Discovery Sport Performance

Discovery Sport Engine: Strong Enough to Blow the Doors Off a Bicycle

All Discovery Sport models feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The base engine puts out 246 horsepower – 9 more than in the 2019 model – and the R-Dynamic HSE's mild-hybrid power plant puts out 286 horses.

The base engine feels weak at times, and the SUV’s acceleration is generally lethargic. The HSE is quicker off the line thanks to its mild-hybrid engine, but it's still not impressive. Both engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission that sometimes hesitates to shift.

Discovery Sport Gas Mileage: Panic at the Disco

Almost every luxury compact SUV rival gets better fuel economy ratings than this Land Rover. No matter which engine you choose, the Discovery Sport gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Discovery Sport Ride and Handling: Can't Keep Up with Rivals

The Discovery Sport's ride isn't bad, per se, but it's not as refined as you'd expect from a luxury crossover. Its on-road handling displays a fair bit of body roll when taking turns, and many class rivals are more nimble.

Discovery Sport Off-Road Performance

Though it might not be the most fun-to-drive SUV in the class on pavement, it can do things off road that you wouldn’t dare try with a rival vehicle. This Land Rover comes with the cruise-control-like All Terrain Progress Control, hill descent control, and Wade Sensing, which uses sensors in the doors to alert the driver if the vehicle is approaching its maximum wading depth.

Discovery Sport Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Discovery Sport can tow up to 4,409 pounds.

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Discovery Sport Reliability

Is the Land Rover Discovery Sport Reliable?
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.
Land Rover Discovery Sport Warranty

Land Rover covers its vehicles with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The cost of insuring a Land Rover Discovery Sport will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Discovery Sport Safety

Discovery Sport Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 Discovery Sport. This is common for luxury vehicles.

Discovery Sport Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, high-speed automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, a surround-view parking camera system, rear cross traffic alert, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

There are a few more interesting features as well. Clear exit assist helps you avoid opening the door with traffic approaching. There are also two all-new features, and both use Land Rover's ClearSight technology. ClearSight Rear View uses cameras to let you clearly see behind the vehicle without rear-seat passengers obstructing your view, and ClearSight Ground View helps you navigate high city curbs or tackle rough terrain by projecting camera imagery that offers a virtual 180-degree view beneath the vehicle.

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Discovery Sport Dimensions and Weight

The Discovery Sport is 15.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,035 to 4,210 pounds.

Where Is the Land Rover Discovery Sport Built?

Land Rover builds the 2020 Discovery Sport in the United Kingdom.

Which Land Rover Discovery Sport Model Is Right for Me?

Land Rover made some changes to the Discovery Sport's trim lineup for 2020, and there are now six offerings: base, S, R-Dynamic S, SE, R-Dynamic SE, and R-Dynamic HSE.

There are really only two reasons to consider other trims besides the base. One is if you want the 286-horsepower engine, which only comes in the R-Dynamic HSE trim. The other is if you want truly high-end features, such as massaging front seats, which aren't offered in the lower trims.

Each trim offers a number of features. These include a panoramic sunroof, heated first- and second-row seats, a Meridian audio system, blind spot monitoring, a surround-view parking camera system, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Some features can be added individually, and others are part of packages. Pricing for these add-ons range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. Notably, not all features are available in every trim.

Discovery Sport

The Discovery Sport carries a base price of $37,800. It comes with a 246-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and multiple USB ports.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

Discovery Sport S

The Discovery Sport S starts at $41,500. In addition to the base trim's features, the S comes with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, navigation pro, and traffic sign recognition.

Discovery Sport R-Dynamic S

The Discovery Sport R-Dynamic S has a starting price of $43,100. The R-Dynamic S is similar to the base S, but it also comes with styling upgrades and additional features such a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Discovery Sport SE

The Discovery Sport SE starts at $44,600. The SE gains a standard power liftgate, blind spot monitoring, and lane departure warning.

Discovery Sport R-Dynamic SE

The Discovery Sport R-Dynamic SE has a starting price of $46,150. As with the S trims, the R-Dynamic SE features styling and infotainment upgrades that compare with the SE trim.

Discovery Sport R-Dynamic HSE

The range-topping Discovery Sport R-Dynamic HSE starts at $52,800. This trim comes with a mild-hybrid turbo-four engine that puts out 286 horsepower. Standard features include ClearSight Rear View, a Meridian audio system, adaptive cruise control, and high-speed automatic emergency braking.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Land Rover dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Land Rover deals page.

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The Final Call

On its surface, the 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport looks like a pretty good SUV. It has a nice interior, lots of features, and superb off-road ability. Once you compare it to the competition, however, you realize that the Discovery Sport is not as comfortable as most luxury compact SUVs, and it’s less technologically advanced. In short, you can safely strike this Land Rover from your shopping list. Unless, of course, you plan to use it mostly for off-roading.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The SUV faces a steep climb to meet established compact luxury models such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 or Mercedes GLC on equal footing." -- Consumer Reports
  • As Land Rover's most affordable SUV, the Discovery Sport SE is less expensive than the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, and its advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system makes it much more adventurous than its car-based rivals. Unlike the BMW X3 and Lexus NX, the Discovery Sport offers the option of a small, but still functional 3rd-row seat. However, driver-assist systems standard on most competitors are still optional on the Discovery Sport. Powered by a choice of turbocharged 2.0-liter engines, the Discovery Sport isn't hurting for power, but its fuel economy is wanting and there is no … diesel option." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "Land Rover's Terrain Response system ensures that the Discovery Sport can keep up with its better-known siblings, granting it accesses to places where many luxury competitors dare not tread. Then again, Land Rover knows that the majority of Discovery Sport owners will rarely venture far from the paved path, which is why the British automaker has endowed the Discovery Sport with a smooth ride, two powerful … engine choices and impressive cornering and handling abilities." -- Autotrader (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 24, 2020

Low Sales: The Discovery Sport placed near the back of the luxury compact SUV sales rankings in 2019. Dealerships moved about the same number of Discovery Sport models last year compared to 2018. Its corporate cousin, the Jaguar F-Pace, outsold it by about 25 percent.

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