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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

The 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport has excellent off-road capabilities, and it’s the only luxury compact SUV with an available third row. However, its underpowered engine and poor predicted reliability rating station this SUV near the bottom of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road capabilities
  • Available third-row seating
  • Underpowered engine
  • Low predicted reliability rating
  • Low fuel economy estimates

New for 2017

  • New available 10.2-inch touch screen
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring and lane keep assist became available




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

Is the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Discovery Sport is not a great choice. Among its classmates, it’s the leading off-roader, and with its available third row, it’s the only seven-seat luxury compact SUV. It also offers an above-average amount of cargo space. If any of those are your primary concerns, however, you’d be better off looking at vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot in the affordable midsize SUV class. The Discovery Sport’s poor predicted reliability rating, underpowered engine, and below-average fuel economy are all areas of concern.

Why You Can Trust Us

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as crash test results, ownership costs, and reliability ratings, as well as the opinions of the automotive press. This Land Rover Discovery Sport review draws on 17 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. We care about cars, but we care more about providing useful consumer advice. To ensure our impartiality, an independent party handles our advertising, and our editorial team doesn’t accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

Based on more than 350 used 2017 Discovery Sport listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $30,000 and $44,600 for this Land Rover SUV. Its average list price is $38,100. Prices vary based on mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs on the 2017 Discovery Sport will cost you around $29,560 over five years, or about $5,910 per year. That’s about average among luxury compact SUVs. The 2017 BMW X3 will cost around $30,300 for those same expenses over five years, while the Acura RDX will cost around $27,870.

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

For the 2018 model year, the Discovery Sport gained a stronger turbocharged four-cylinder available engine. The 2018 Sport starts at $37,795, but to get that new engine, you’d have to spend at least $49,395. Unless the stronger engine is important to you, save some money and stick with a 2017 model.

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There are several new luxury compacts SUVs worth considering as alternatives to a used Discovery Sport. The 2019 Acura RDX starts at $37,300. Completely redesigned, the new RDX delivers a spacious and upscale interior, as well as a host of tech features. You might also consider the redesigned 2019 Infiniti QX50 ($36,550). It has spacious seating, a classy interior, and great fuel economy.

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

The 2017 Discovery Sport belongs to a generation that launched for the 2015 model year. The InControl Remote system, which lets you use a smartphone to remotely start the engine and lock/unlock the doors, became standard in 2016 models. For 2017, Land Rover updated the Discovery Sport’s InControl Touch infotainment system. A few safety features, such as lane keep assist and a driver drowsiness monitoring system, also became available for that year. If those changes aren’t important to you, consider shopping for an older model to save some money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The 2017 Discovery Sport has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power. Two is the lowest rating a vehicle can receive.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Recalls

At the time of this writing, three recalls have been issued on the 2017 Discovery Sport. One concerns seat belt pretensioners not functioning properly, which increases the risk of injury in a crash. Additionally, control arm fasteners may fail in some models, causing the steering knuckle to separate, and the fuel gauge may read lower than the actual fuel level. Before buying this SUV, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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

Land Rover offers the Discovery Sport in three trim levels: SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury. The base model comes equipped with rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, partial leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, push button start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a 10-speaker sound system, and an 8-inch touch screen.

For most shoppers, we recommend the Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE trim level. It adds a panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors, fog lights, a power liftgate, proximity keyless entry, and full leather upholstery. It’s available with all the same options and packages as the HSE Luxury trim, including several advanced driver assistance features.

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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?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2017 Discovery Sport.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors come standard in every Discovery Sport. Several other advanced safety features are available, including front parking sensors, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a surround-view camera, parallel park assist, adaptive xenon headlights, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport or 2017 BMW X3?

The 2017 BMW X3 is one of the best luxury compact SUVs you can buy. It offers a lineup of powerful engine options, as well as sharp steering, strong brakes, and athletic handling. The X3 also has decent fuel economy for the class. Its cabin, replete with high-quality materials, feels more luxurious than the Discovery Sport’s. On average, you’ll also save around $5,000 by buying the X3 over the Land Rover. We named the BMW X3 our 2017 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families. Unless you plan to frequently travel off road, the BMW X3 is the way to go.

Which Is Better: 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport or 2017 Audi Q5?

Neither the Discovery Sport nor the Audi Q5 is a great luxury SUV, in part because they both have a below-average predicted reliability rating. Between the two, however, the Q5 is the superior choice. The Q5 has high crash test scores, standard all-wheel drive, and a range of powerful engine options, especially in the sporty SQ5. Its cabin is both spacious and luxurious, brimming with soft-touch surfaces and high-quality materials. The Discovery Sport has more cargo space and advanced safety features, but the Q5 is the better SUV.

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2017 Discovery Sport Performance

How Does the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Drive?

The 2017 Discovery Sport has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission are standard.

Unlike many competitors, the Discovery Sport does not offer any other engine options. Its automatic transmission is slow to shift gears, and the engine feels underpowered. There’s a noticeable lag time when trying to accelerate, and its brakes feel a little grabby. However, the Discovery Sport maneuvers well. Its responsive steering and cushioned ride help it glide along roads, and its standard Terrain Response system allows drivers to adapt to a number of road conditions. Furthermore, the Discovery Sport leads the luxury compact SUV class in off-roading ability, though it is surpassed by other off-roading vehicles.

Does the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Discovery Sport earns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. That’s below average among luxury compact SUVs. Even some all-wheel-drive models, such as the BMW X3 (21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway), earn higher estimates.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Towing Capacity

The Discovery Sport can tow up to 4,400 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 Discovery Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Discovery Sport Seat?

The Discovery Sport accommodates five on partial leather seats. Power-adjustable front seats are standard. The Discovery Sport is unique among luxury compacts SUVs for offering an available third row that expands seating capacity to seven. Upgraded leather seats, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are also available.

The second row slides back and forth, expanding room and allowing easier access to the third row. The first- and second-row seats are comfortable, but the third row is best left for children. The upscale and solidly built cabin blends elegance and utilitarian design in a manner befitting an off-road SUV.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The Discovery Sport has two complete sets of LATCH connectors in the second-row outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the Discovery Sport’s LATCH system for ease of use.

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Features

The base Land Rover Discovery Sport SE comes well-equipped with the Land Rover Terrain Response system, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, an 8-inch touch screen, and the InControl Remote smartphone app. Most of the Discovery Sport's upgrades are only available in the HSE trim levels. Available features include navigation, a Meridian sound system with 11 or 16 speakers, a panoramic sunroof, a power tailgate, a larger 10.2-inch touch screen, and several advanced safety features.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Dimensions

Land Rover Discovery Sport Cargo Space

In models with five seats, the Discovery Sport has 34.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Folding those down expands the total storage space to 62.8 cubic feet. Both numbers are above average among luxury compact SUVs. For models equipped with the third row, cargo space shrinks to 6.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats.

2017 Discovery Sport Length and Weight

The 2017 Discovery Sport is about 15.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,878 to 4,098 pounds. Its gross vehicle weight ranges from 5,523 to 5,732 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Built?

Land Rover manufactured the 2017 Discovery Sport in the United Kingdom.

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