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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport ranks poorly among luxury compact SUVs because of a below-average predicted reliability rating, uninspired handling, and infotainment controls that can be difficult to reach.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-road ability
  • Quality interior
  • Choice of two powerful engines
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating
  • Ponderous handling
  • Cramped third row
  • Infotainment system unresponsive at times




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.6
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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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

Is the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport a Good Used SUV?

No, the 2018 Discovery Sport is not a good luxury compact SUV by most measures. Its formidable off-road prowess is its one clear advantage over the rest of the segment.

The 2018 Discovery Sport has a few strengths:

  • Class-leading off-road performance
  • Two strong engine options
  • Huge cargo hold
  • Two rows of roomy seats

However, it has many weaknesses:

  • Subpar predicted reliability rating
  • Unrefined transmission
  • Noticeable body lean in turns
  • Slow infotainment response times
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Tiny available third row
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How Much Is the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

Based on listings for the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport on our site, the average list price is $38,100. Prices range from $28,700 to $47,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Cost to Own?

The 2018 Discovery Sport’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $30,000, or $6,000 per year. That’s about average for a luxury compact SUV.

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

For the 2019 model year, Land Rover introduced a new Landmark Edition trim for the Discovery Sport. This trim mostly features appearance upgrades. There were no other major changes, so it makes sense to purchase an otherwise identical used 2018 model instead of a new 2019 Discovery Sport. Buying a used model will also likely save you money. The 2018 Discovery Sport ranges in price from about $28,700 to about $47,500, while the 2019 model starts at around $38,000.

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The 2018 Discovery Sport is part of the SUV’s first generation, dating back to its debut for the 2015 model year. You can likely find less expensive older models, but a 2018 Discovery Sport is a better choice. It gives you the option of a 237- or 286-horsepower engine, compared to earlier models that were only available with a 240-horsepower engine. The 2017 Discovery Sport benefits from several features introduced for this model year, including an available 10.2-inch touch screen, a driver drowsiness monitoring system, and lane keep assist.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Recalls

At the time of writing, one recall has been issued for the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport:

  • Fuel could leak in the engine compartment

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport comes in three trims: SE, HSE, and HSE Luxury. All models come with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. There are two turbocharged four-cylinder engines available, as well as seating for either five or seven. Since most features are available throughout the lineup regardless of trim, it should be easy to find a model configured to your liking.

  • Land Rover Discovery Sport SE: The Land Rover Discovery Sport SE comes standard with partial leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Available features include full leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a third-row USB port, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, proximity keyless entry, a power liftgate, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE: Standard features in the Discovery Sport HSE include leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory function, a panoramic roof, front parking sensors, proximity keyless entry, and a power liftgate. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 10-inch touch screen, and a 16-speaker Meridian sound system. Available driver assistance features include adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver condition monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic parking assist, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display.
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury: The Discovery Sport HSE Luxury adds Windsor leather seats, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and navigation. Most available features from the HSE are available in the HSE Luxury as well.

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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?

At the time of writing, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport has not been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • adaptive headlights
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • driver condition monitoring
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • traffic sign recognition
  • automatic parking assist
  • surround-view parking camera
  • head-up display
  • front parking sensors

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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport or 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC is a much better SUV than the Discovery Sport. Not only does it have an excellent combination of high safety scores and an above-average predicted reliability rating, it’s also more engaging to drive. This Benz delivers a smooth ride, superior agility, and a more powerful group of engines than the Land Rover. The GLC also has more available features and a nicer cabin overall. The Discovery Sport boasts more cargo space, and it's the better vehicle for off-roading. The Mercedes has a slightly higher range of list prices and greater five-year ownership costs by several thousand dollars. But its place at the top of the class justifies spending more to get a much better SUV.

Which Is Better: 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport or 2018 Audi Q5?

The fully redesigned 2018 Audi Q5 is one of the most athletic and spirited luxury compact SUVs available. Both of its available engines deliver satisfying acceleration and lively handling. Standard all-wheel drive further solidifies its chops as a great car for everyday use. The Q5 has an elegant interior and a long list of standard and available tech features. These include standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, neither of which is available in the Land Rover. Though both SUVs have similar list prices and comparable five-year ownership costs, the Q5 is a better buy.

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2018 Discovery Sport Performance

How Does the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Drive?

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport comes with your choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The standard offering puts out 237 horsepower, while the other engine produces 286 horsepower. Both powertrains deliver swift acceleration and help contribute to a pleasant driving experience behind the wheel. While there's a good amount of power at your disposal, the standard nine-speed automatic transmission is unrefined and can be hesitant to shift when you want it to.

The Discovery Sport's ride and handling are so-so. It has a generally cushioned ride, but it doesn’t completely absorb every bump in the road. Test drivers are split on this SUV's sportiness; some say it feels nimble, while others think it lumbers around turns. When it comes to going off-road, nothing in the luxury compact SUV class can match the Disco Sport's capability. It can handle any terrain, and it comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive. A terrain response system lets you select your driving mode based on what kind of ground you’re traversing.

  • Base engine: 237-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Available engine: 286-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: nine-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Discovery Sport gets unimpressive fuel economy for its class. However, there's not much difference in estimates for the SUV's two available engines.

  • 237-horsepower four-cylinder: 21/25 mpg city/highway
  • 286-horsepower four-cylinder: 20/25 mpg
2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Towing Capacity

The Discovery Sport can tow up to 4,409 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Discovery Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Discovery Sport Seat?

The 2018 Discovery Sport is available in two-row, five-seat or three-row, seven-seat configurations. The available third-row seats are tiny and not very comfortable for adults. Both of the first two rows are roomy and comfortable for long drives.

Standard seating features:

  • partial leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • full leather upholstery
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory functions
  • heated front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • Windsor leather upholstery
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The 2018 Discovery Sport has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The tether anchors are a little tough to find, but there aren’t any notable issues with the lower anchors.

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Features

This Land Rover's infotainment interface is intuitive, and most commands are easy to master with a little practice. However, the screen is a long reach for some drivers, and it’s unresponsive at times. Another major knock is the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. You can find those features in most other luxury-brand SUVs.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and three USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, an 11- or 16-speaker Meridian sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a third-row USB port
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry and a panoramic roof

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2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Dimensions

Land Rover Discovery Sport Cargo Space

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport has 34.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats and 62.8 cubic feet with them folded. These are some of the highest totals in the class. Three-row models have 6.8 cubic feet of space behind the rearmost seats.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 1 inch
  • Curb weight: 3,960 to 4,150 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,520 to 5,860 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport Built?

Land Rover built the Discovery Sport in England.

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