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2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport ranks poorly among luxury compact SUVs. It has a terrible predicted reliability rating, an unimpressive interior, and ponderous handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Great off-road ability
  • Huge cargo hold
  • Terrible predicted reliability rating
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Mixed interior quality
  • Unimpressive ride and handling

6.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.8
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 6.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport a Good Used SUV?

No, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is not a very good SUV. It misses the mark for luxury in the class because of an occasionally jittery ride and a somewhat underwhelming cabin. The Discovery Sport also returns below-average fuel economy for the segment. Poor marks for predicted reliability are the final nail in the coffin.

The Discovery Sport's most notable strength is its off-road prowess, and it bests most other luxury compact SUVs in this area. However, it's far from the most capable Land Rover model in that regard. The Discovery Sport serves up among the most cargo space in the class, but that isn't enough to outweigh all of its negatives.

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How Much is the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

Based on listings for the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport, the average list price is $30,303. Prices range from $30,303 to $43,799 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Cost to Own?

The 2019 Discovery Sport’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $34,150, or $6,830 per year. That’s above average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport: What's the Difference?

Land Rover made only minor changes to the Discovery Sport for 2019. The Landmark trim joined the lineup, and improvements were made to the infotainment system's software.

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Here are key changes for the Land Rover Discovery Sport since it was introduced as an all-new model for 2015:

  • 2016: minor updates to standard InControl Remote system
  • 2017: 10.2-inch touch screen, speed limit recognition and monitoring, driver attention monitoring, and lane keep assist made available; upgraded appearance package
  • 2018: two new turbocharged engine choices
  • 2019: trim lineup grows to four from three; minor upgrades to infotainment system

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Discovery Sport, 2017 Discovery Sport, and 2018 Discovery Sport reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about great deals and savings you can find on vehicles such as a new Land Rover Discovery Sport.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five.

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2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport at this time.

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

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport comes in four trims: SE, HSE, Landmark, and HSE Luxury. All models come standard with a 237-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive. A 286-horsepower engine is available in HSE and HSE Luxury trims.

We recommend starting your search with the well-appointed HSE trim. It has full leather seats and proximity keyless entry, and it’s the first trim to offer many driver assistance features. Those technologies and amenities like a larger touch screen are merely optional even in higher trims.

  • Land Rover Discovery Sport SE: The Land Rover Discovery Sport SE comes standard with partial leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a terrain response system, All Terrain Progress Control, and hill descent control. Also standard is an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and three USB ports. Available features include heated front and rear seats, navigation, voice recognition, satellite radio, HD Radio, an adaptive suspension, a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a 10-speaker Meridian stereo.
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE: The Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE adds full leather upholstery, a panoramic roof, fog lights, front parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and front seat memory settings. It also comes standard with amenities that are available in the base trim, including 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a universal garage door opener, a hands-free power liftgate, and proximity keyless entry. Available features include a 10-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, ventilated front seats, a 16-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo, and driver assistance features such as adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver condition monitoring, traffic sign recognition, automatic parking assist, a surround-view parking camera system, and a head-up display.
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport Landmark: The Discovery Sport Landmark Edition largely mirrors the standard and available features of the HSE while adding unique interior and exterior appearance upgrades, navigation, and voice recognition.
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Luxury: The Discovery Sport HSE comes standard with Windsor leather upholstery, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker Meridian stereo, and customizable ambient interior lighting.

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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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2019 Discovery Sport.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver condition monitoring
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Automatic parking assist
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Head-up display
  • Front parking sensors

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2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport or 2019 BMW X3?

The 2019 BMW X3 is a top-ranked luxury compact SUV, and it's better than the Discovery Sport in nearly every way. The X3 features agile handling, two potent engine options, and great fuel economy for the class. The BMW boasts a near-perfect combination of safety scores and predicted reliability, increasing its mass appeal. Both of these SUVs have excellent cargo capacities for the class, along with comfortable seating and a good – but not great – interior quality. The Discovery Sport's sole advantage in this matchup is that it’s more formidable off road. If you prioritize that, buy the Rover. For most other shoppers, the BMW is the clear choice.

Which Is Better: 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport or 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a luxury subcompact SUV. Though the Evoque is in a smaller class, the Discovery Sport is actually the brand's entry-level model. The Evoque is marginally better overall, though it could cost you up to $10,000 more than the Discovery Sport. You'll get livelier handling with the Range Rover, as well as a nicer interior. It's also available as a convertible. Conversely, the Discovery Sport has a roomier cabin and more cargo space. These siblings have the same engine choices and comparable off-road abilities, including the same list of adventurous features. Choosing between them depends on if you like the more athletic and upscale Evoque or the more practical Discovery Sport.

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2019 Discovery Sport Performance

How Does the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Drive?

All versions of the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The base offering makes 237 horsepower, and it's a good fit for most buyers. It delivers sufficient acceleration for everyday driving. The available engine puts out 286 horsepower, though the difference really isn’t that noticeable. Both engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission that's generally smooth and refined, though some reviewers noted that it sometimes hesitates to shift.

Other aspects of the Discovery Sport's on-road performance are less peachy. Ride quality is fine, though it’s not as pampering as other luxury crossovers. This SUV also tends to lean when going around turns.

  • 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 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 Discovery gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway when equipped with its base engine. Models with the more powerful engine return 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Those estimates are below average for a luxury compact SUV with a four-cylinder engine.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Off-Roading

The Discovery Sport is one of the best vehicles in its class for off-roading. It comes with standard four-wheel drive, hill descent control, and a terrain response system with multiple modes (General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud & Ruts, and Sand). The Discovery Sport also comes standard with All Terrain Progress Control, which acts like low-speed cruise control and allows you to focus on steering and navigating terrain instead of controlling throttle and braking when driving on difficult trails.

However, the Discovery Sport doesn't quite match the world-class off-road abilities of many of its siblings. Other Rover models offer upgraded features such as a two-speed transfer case, a Terrain Response 2 system, and an adjustable air suspension for better ground clearance. In the last metric, the Discovery Sport clocks in at 8.3 inches. For comparison, the larger 2019 Land Rover Discovery offers ground clearance that can reach more than 11 inches.

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2019 Discovery Sport Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Discovery Sport Seat?

The 2019 Discovery Sport seats five people in two rows, and an available third row can boost capacity to seven. The third-row seats are pretty cramped and best left to smaller riders. The front seats are plenty comfortable, offering a multitude of adjustments. The Discovery Sport's second row serves up ample legroom, and the seats can slide fore and aft more than 6 inches. They also recline for more passenger comfort.

Interior quality is a mixed bag. The Discovery Sport comes up a little short in opulence compared to not only the rest of the lineup, but other luxury compact SUVs. Still, the cabin features a lot of high-quality materials.

Standard seating features:

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

Available seating features:

  • Full leather upholstery
  • Windsor leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Front-seat memory settings
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The 2019 Discovery Sport has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row outboard seats and an upper tether for the rear middle seat.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Features

Land Rover's InControl infotainment system is easy to understand and use, owing to a simple menu structure and familiar controls, such as swiping between screens. The standard 8-inch display is flanked by hard shortcut buttons for the settings or returning to the home screen. With the available 10-inch touch screen, those buttons are replaced by virtual icons at the bottom of the display, and they are less than accurate.

Some test drivers noted that it can be a little difficult to reach the screen, and the system sometimes lags in processing touch inputs. The Discovery Sport doesn't offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, features that are ubiquitous across the market.

  • 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, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, voice recognition, satellite radio, HD Radio, a 10-speaker Meridian stereo, and a 16-speaker Meridian surround-sound stereo
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a panoramic roof, proximity keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and customizable ambient interior lighting

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2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Dimensions

Land Rover Discovery Sport Cargo Space

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has 34.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second-row seats and 62.8 cubic feet with this row folded. Those values are among the best in the luxury compact SUV class. In models equipped with a third row, there's a measly 6.8 cubic feet of space behind those seats. For added convenience, a hands-free power liftgate is available.

2019 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 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Built?

Jaguar Land Rover built the 2019 Discovery Sport in England.

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