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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is an excellent off-roader with an upscale cabin. However, this SUV’s poor reliability rating, hesitant transmission, and harsh ride push it to the bottom of the luxury compact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-roader
  • Plenty of cargo space


  • Sluggish powertrain
  • Low reliability





Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

Is the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a good option for those who want a high-end SUV that can tackle multiple terrains, seat up to seven, and hold lots of cargo. If you need a daily driver, however, look to the Discovery Sport’s rivals. Most have higher reliability ratings, smoother rides, and more powertrain options.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 14 Land Rover Discovery Sport reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

Our site has more than 200 listings for a used 2016 Discovery Sport, with prices ranging from $29,000 to $41,500. The average list price is $35,000. Prices vary depending on the SUV’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Cost to Own?

The 2016 Discovery Sport’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance total just over $28,800. You can find a number of rivals whose estimated costs are lower, including the Acura RDX ($24,800) and Lexus NX ($24,700). However, performance-oriented competitors like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 have costs upwards of $30,000.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Discovery Sport?

A new 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport starts at nearly $37,800. That’s about $2,800 more than the average list price of the 2016 model. The 2018 Discovery Sport doesn’t offer any substantial upgrades over the 2016 model. A used model will not only save you money, but it also gives you everything the base 2018 model offers.

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Several new luxury compact SUVs are available with similar prices to a used 2016 Discovery Sport. Most of them do better in our rankings, but none have the Discovery Sport’s off-roading prowess. The 2018 Lincoln MKC ($33,355) has a user-friendly infotainment system, lots of features, and a cushioned ride. The 2018 Acura RDX’s starting price ($36,000) is a bit higher than the average list price for a 2016 Discovery Sport, but it’s a better vehicle overall. The Acura has spacious seating, good cargo space, and a powerful V6 engine. We named the RDX our 2018 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money.

If you want an off-roader and don’t need the 2016 Discovery Sport’s luxurious interior, check out a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which ranges in price from $23,995 to $40,995.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The 2016 Discovery Sport has one of the lowest reliability ratings from J.D. Power: 2.5 out of five.  

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport has six reported recalls. The recalls address problems with frontal air bag deployment, seat belt malfunctions, and door latches.

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Which Model Year of the Land Rover Discovery Sport Is Best?

Land Rover introduced the Discovery Sport for the 2015 model year. There are few differences between the 2015 and 2016 models. Both have low overall scores, but the 2016 model has the InControl remote system. It allows you to control a variety of functions, such as remote starting or pre-heating the car. The 2017 model has no new standard features, but it offers a larger touch screen, lane keep assist, and a driver drowsiness monitor as available features. Although the 2015 model saves you money, the Land Rover’s low scores make it tough to recommend.

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Which Used Land Rover Discovery Sport Model Is Right for Me?

The Land Rover Discovery Sport comes in three trim levels: SE, HSE, and HSE Lux. The base Land Rover Discovery Sport SE suits the needs of most shoppers. Its standard features include eight-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, push-button start, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touch screen, four USB ports, and the InControl Remote system. The base model also comes well-equipped for off-roading, with standard four-wheel drive and the Terrain Response System. The Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE trim adds a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. The top-of-the-line Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Lux trim includes HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, and a number of leather upholstery upgrades. The Discovery Sport is also available with a third row of seats.

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What Does Land Rover's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Land Rover offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Land Rover extends its original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles for certified pre-owned vehicles. Every CPO Land Rover must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Land Rover warranty page carefully.

Land Rover has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Only Tesla and Lexus have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Discovery Sport?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not provided crash test ratings for the Discovery Sport.

Two active safety features come standard: a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. A blind spot monitor, front parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, emergency automatic braking, and lane departure warning are available.

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport or 2016 Land Rover Evoque?

The off-road capable Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a luxury subcompact SUV with smaller dimensions than the Discovery Sport, resulting in less cargo and cabin space. The Evoque feels more luxurious inside and has a nearly identical features list to the Discovery Sport. Your best bet is to choose the roomier – and likely less-expensive – Discovery Sport.

Which Is Better: 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport or 2016 Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 is a better SUV for day-to-day driving than the Land Rover. Compared to the Discovery Sport, it has stronger engine options, better safety scores, and a refined cabin. However, the Q5 doesn’t come with as many standard features as the Discovery Sport, and it isn’t a very capable off-roader. Still, Q5 is the more practical option.

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2016 Discovery Sport Performance

How Does the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Drive?

The Land Rover Discover Sport’s 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine generates adequate power for easy highway passing and quick acceleration from a stop. While the turbocharger aids acceleration, it also creates turbo lag. The standard nine-speed automatic transmission shares some of the blame, as it can be slow to find a lower gear for additional power.

Thanks to its standard four-wheel drive and Terrain Response System, the Discovery Sport outperforms every class rival when it comes to off-roading. The Terrain Response system adjusts the suspension, steering response, and brakes to manage driving on snow, gravel, mud, ruts, and sand.

Does the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Discovery Sport gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those are decent numbers for the class, but several rivals offer better gas mileage. 

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2016 Discovery Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Discovery Sport Seat?

The two-row Discovery Sport has standard seating for five people on partial leather upholstery. Seating for seven is available, but the cramped third row is best suited for children. The second-row seats slide fore and aft to adjust the legroom. Soft-touch surfaces and leather line the dashboard and interior panels, giving the cabin an upscale look and feel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The Discovery Sport’s second-row seats have two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats.

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Features

The well-equipped Discovery Sport comes with an 8-inch touch screen and four USB ports. Land Rover’s standard InControl Remote allows you to use your smartphone to lock and unlock the Discovery Sport's doors, preheat the cabin, and start the ignition. The infotainment system has decent functionality and uncomplicated menus. However, it lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, which most rivals have available. Still, there are a number of available packages to upgrade the interior or enhance the infotainment system.

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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Dimensions

Land Rover Discovery Sport Cargo Space

Cargo space abounds in the Discovery Sport. There’s almost 67 cubic feet behind the first row and nearly 33 cubic feet behind the second row. That's more space than you get in the BMW X3 or Audi Q5.

2016 Discovery Sport Length and Weight

The Discovery Sport measures almost 15.1 feet long. It has a maximum gross weight of up to 5,732 pounds, depending on the model.

Where Was the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Built?

Land Rover built the 2016 Discovery Sport in the United Kingdom.

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