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Land Rover Discovery Sport SE

Land Rover Discovery Sport SE (2015-2021)

Also referred to as: Land Rover Discovery Sport SE 2020 and Land Rover Discovery Sport SE 2022. TD4 150 (2.0L Diesel), TD4 (2.2L Diesel), SD4 (2.2L Diesel), etc...
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4.5 out of 5 stars

Introduction

My family had a choice back in 2015 between buying a Range Rover Evoque or a Land Rover Discovery Sport. We unanimously agreed that the Evoque was the better choice for the interior design, the exterior design and the brand.

In 2021, my opinion has shifted. The all-new, freshly updated Land Rover Discovery Sport is so impressive that I believe it's now one of the strongest products Land Rover offers.

I was also lucky enough to be the first person to drive the new Discovery Sport with Land Rover’s new mild hybrid four-cylinder diesel engine.

From my experience during my week with this Land Rover, I found it to be one of the most exciting, luxurious and capable family cars for under $100,000.


Build Quality

4.8 out of 5. Discovery logo

There have been some serious improvements by Land Rover to step up build quality. It’s never been bad - quite the opposite really. The construction of the exterior just appears to be accurately put together, complementing a premium brand like this.

On the interior, I was truly impressed with the fit and finish of the leather trim, metal buttons, handles and paddle shifters. From the construction of the leather seats, infotainment, centre console and even through to the third row seats, I was pleasantly surprised with this updated interior.

What stands out is how refined the cabin sounds; with minimal engine noise bleeding in and no strange rattles or squeaks, this certainly is a premium product.

Value for Money

4.3 out of 5. Land Rover Discovery Sport exterior off roading

After options and before on-road costs, this Land Rover was priced from $82,468 for the R-Dynamic SE D200 trim of the Discovery Sport.

It’s certainly higher up in the price range, but it was hard to fault the asking price the way this Land Rover was specced.

Missing features included heated seats, a heads up display and second row climate controls - features I’ve seen included on a few family cars that are up in this price bracket.

That aside, this car has everything to make it a fantastic daily driver and the type of car you want to take away to go out and discover a bit more beyond your own backyard. Land Rover has provided plenty of options to make the Discovery Sport a capable off-roader, with all the off-road tech goodies you find in the iconic Land Rover Defender.

Additionally, this mild hybrid diesel motor is an absolute treat and upgrade for 2021 that makes me question non-hybrid alternatives. The way this Land Rover drives - with its features, design and construction - really helps justify the asking price.

Maintenance

4,2 out of 5. Land Rover Discovery Sport branded screwdriver

Land Rover has upgraded its warranty period to 5 years/unlimited kilometres, with 24/7 roadside assistance.

From personal experience, servicing can be a little on the pricey side, especially when it comes to tires, brakes and rotors on these cars.

Land Rover servicing over 5 years/102,00kms will only set you back $1,950, which is far better than what I used to pay.

Noise Level

4.7 out of 5. Land Rover Discovery Sport exhaust pipes

The brilliant thing about this mild hybrid system was the ability to reduce the strain a normal turbo diesel engine would endure.

I adored just how quiet this motor was, compared to the old 2.0L turbo diesel we had in our 2015 Range Rover Evoque. It certainly helped refine the sound profile, akin to that of a petrol motor rather than the ‘trucky’ sound of a traditional diesel engine.

The 6-speaker audio system was a treat too. Although it’s not an upgraded system, nor is it all that powerful, it did stand out as a premium listening experience. Maybe it was the extra sound deadening you find in cars like this, but the audio system was clear, precise and free of excess distortion.

I can tell you that the audio experience of the Discovery Sport really does complement the premium price tag here.

Braking

4.5 out of 5. Land Rover Discovery Sport wheels and tires

There’s nothing all that special in the braking department; it’s as stock standard as you can get, in a good way.

In an emergency, there is Autonomous Emergency Braking which is great. However, just in case you fail to stop in time for a pedestrian, the Discovery Sport is fitted with an external airbag to help reduce injury - just don’t drive around as if you think being hit by a car still wouldn’t hurt.

The feel of braking was sharp on the initial press, however it allowed you to smoothly operate the brakes to come to a complete stop without much fuss.

In a family car like this, the best thing is that the brakes won’t ever be the centre of attention.

Acceleration/Power

4.1 out of 5. Land Rover Discovery Sport MHEV motor engine bay

It’s certainly not a powerhouse of a motor, but this 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder mild hybrid (such a mouthful) is more than enough for the daily grind and odd getaway.

Producing 150kW at 3750rpm and 430Nm as low as 1,750rpm, it’s clear to see the advantage of having a mild hybrid system fitted.

The claimed 0-100km/h time is 8.9 seconds. For most, this will be more than enough power, but for others it might not provide enough excitement as a family car.

For what this SUV is setting out to do, it offers a comfortable amount of torque for effortless mid-range pull and plenty of poke to get up to the speed limit. Overtakes will be just fine, but not instant at speeds in excess of 100km/h.

Land Rover Discovery Sport drivers display and tachometer

What does feel instant is the off the line performance the Discovery Sport offers with its hybrid assistance. Before you can even say go, the Discovery Sport has turned its engine back on after coming to a stop, and is off the line. It’s so good at getting away from a standstill that you can actually win some traffic light drag races if you ever feel the need to do something like that. That’s also up until the potentially more powerful car decides to put the pedal to the metal.

Gear Shifting

4.4 out of 5. Gear shift lever

Would you believe me if I told you that this has a 9-speed transmission?

I know Ford has a 10-speed transmission in some of its cars, but gears this high give me a little anxiety. I worry about expensive maintenance costs and the busy shifting experience a gearbox like this might offer.

We can leave the maintenance to the warranty period, and so what I was left with was a far more improved experience than the one I had back in 2015.

I found the 9 speed to be far more subtle in its decision making process, deciding which gear to be in with more confidence than its predecessors. On very slight occasions there were some mis-shifts in awkward low speed situations, however this was a rare occurrence, even against gearboxes with less gears to move between.

Gear shift paddle shifters

There were a pair of beautifully presented paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel - the very same ones I encountered in the Jaguar F-PACE. These are some of the best paddle shifters in the industry right now, just behind first place which goes to Alfa Romeo.

It’s a shame that shifting this motor manually via these shifters isn’t as riveting and doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Regardless, when presented with the option to shift manually, it's nice to see Land Rover make a solid effort in providing a proper pair of paddle shifters.

Suspension & Handling

4.6 out of 5. Land Rover Terrain Response 2

This particular Discovery Sport I had was riding around on a set of 20-inch wheels, which not only looked the part, but also provided an excellent ride.

It’s a comfortable car; uneven bits of tarmac, speed bumps and potholes don’t phase this SUV. Nor should it, as this Discovery Sport is in every way prepared to go a little further off-road where other European SUV’s would have had to stop.

The lower centre of gravity in this family car really shines through corners. The Discovery Sport is actually really fun to push through sweeping bends! The all-wheel drive system provides a reliable amount of grip, with all 430Nms of torque available for you to control via those paddle shifters.

Steering is direct, accurate and provides a fair amount of road feel for an SUV. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride that the Discovery Sport had to offer, it’s certainly a great option for the school pick up and the yearly ski trip.

Fuel Efficiency

4.3 out of 5. Land Rover Discovery Sport tail light

Surprisingly, the mild hybrid system in the Discovery Sport doesn’t have a dramatic impact on reducing fuel consumption figures.

Claimed fuel economy is 5.7L/100km, which can easily head as high as 10L/100km around town.

It’s still an improvement over engines without the hybrid system, however, it’s not going to be the saving grace in dramatically reducing overall fuel consumption.

Interior Design

4.8 out of 5. Land Rover Discovery Sport interior

In the previous generation Discovery Sport, this was the weakest part of that car. It was ultimately the interior that pushed us from liking the Discovery Sport and liking the Evoque instead.

That’s all changed for 2021, as this Discovery Sport’s interior is one of the best interiors I’ve been in this year.

I adored Land Rover’s commitment to upgrading and improving this car. This interior went from feeling boring and soulless to a wonderfully designed one with some added flair.

Land Rover Discovery Sport 10-inch infotainment display

The flair comes in the form of the upgraded 10 inch central touch screen, adaptive and capacitive controls for the aircon and terrain response modes, and a 12 inch fully digital drivers display.

I especially loved how every button, dial and material you came in contact with in this cabin felt premium to the touch. Made of soft plastics, rubber, leather or aluminum,there’s been a lot of influence from Range Rover put into this cabin.

Land Rover Discovery Sport rear seats

Additionally, the dual tone Ebony over Light Oyster grained leather really stepped this cabin up from feeling too dark. Yes, lighter coloured seats are a pain to keep clean, but it brought a lot more light into this cabin.

Boot Size & Comfort

4.7 out of 5. Land Rover Discovery Sport boot space

With all the seats folded, you get a maximum load space of 1651L. It’s not a large SUV level of storage, but it makes plenty of usable space for a family of four, maybe five, to head away on a long road trip.

Compared to an Evoque, there’s a larger storage area, with a more practical load space. This has a higher roof line and more boxy dimensions to make the most of what you have back here.

Land Rover Discovery Sport boot space, all seats folded up

The second row folds in a 40:20:40 split, allowing four people to travel with even more luggage pushed through the middle, without having to be squished together. Additionally, there was a ‘clear sight’ camera fitted to this Discovery Sport, which allows the driver to see a camera feed out of the back of the car via the rear view mirror.

This camera allows you to stack luggage in the car up to the roofline, and still have perfect visibility out the back via this mirror while driving.

Land Rover Discovery Sport camera mirror

The second row has plenty of adjustability and movement to accommodate taller individuals and provide additional comfort. Just don’t force adults to sit in the third row, as it is quite tight back there for legroom and headroom.

Land Rover Discovery Sport third row seats

Those jump seats in the third row are more akin to those seats that used to face backwards in a station wagon, making them great for your kid’s mates to come along for a ride.

You just might have the slight issue of passengers complaining about charging their devices, as there were no USB ports in sight beyond the first row. Instead, you’ll need to purchase a few 12V sockets to USB adapters before you set off on your road trip.

Features

4.3 out of 5. Discovery Sport keys

There are a lot of features to be found in the Discovery Sport. This includes everything from the surround view camera to Land Rover’s iconic terrain response modes and even access to a 7 day forecast, both in your current location and your destination via your navigation.

Discovery Sport air filtration system

However, there are a few options that you might need to tick, like wireless phone charging, digital radio, fog lights and the ClearSight interior rear view mirror I mentioned previously. I wish these options could have been included in the purchase price, as it's the small things like these that could possibly win over more buyers quickly.

Outside those options ticked for this car, I have to say the Panoramic roof is a must for all that light it brings in, and the additional view up.

Here’s a full list of features you can find on the Discovery Sport R-Dynamic SE D200:

  • 2.0L turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder MHEV engine
  • 150kW @ 3,750rpm and 430Nm @ 1,750 - 2,500rpm
  • 9-speed automatic gearbox
  • All-wheel drive
  • 10-inch touchscreen
  • 12-inch drivers display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Weather forecast
  • Valet mode
  • AEB
  • 360 degree parking camera/off-road cameras
  • Trailer sway control
  • Blind spot assist
  • Rear-door blind spot assist
  • Parking sensors (front and rear)
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear cross traffic assist
  • Wade depth sensors
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Driver attention monitoring
  • External pedestrian airbag
  • 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds
  • Terrain Response 2
  • Gearshift paddle shifters on wheel
  • Sport mode
  • Keyless entry/exit and start/stop
  • Activity watch/key
  • Automatic front seats
  • Adjustable second row seats
  • Power tail gate
  • Heated rear window
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Signature puddle lamps
  • LED daytime running lights, headlights and tail lights
  • Lights embedded in tail gate
  • Auto high beam assist

Should you buy one?

Land Rover Discovery Sport by the ocean

What I love about Land Rovers is that they provide that additional peace of mind that you’ll be able to take this car to places where other cars might not like travelling.

It makes the most sense as a luxury SUV, as it’s purpose built by a company that only makes SUVs and off-roaders.

For 2021, the Land Rover Discovery Sport has actually hit all the right points in improving over the last generation for me to say that for under $100,000, this should be near the top of your shopping list.

If you’re looking for a motor to pair with the Discovery Sport, look no further than the D200, as this mild hybrid system certainly brings the diesel engine into 2021 with added power and responsiveness.

It’s comfortable, it’s certainly luxurious, and I felt like it’d make a great companion for long trips if you feel like exploring a little further beyond your own suburb.

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About the author Cameron is our resident car expert. Aside being a source of knowledge about the automotive industry, he has also driven a wide variety of cars. From Porsche 911 GT2 RS's, through to a 1998 Toyota RAV4, Cameron has not only seen it all, but most likely driven it.

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CategoryMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVsMidsize / Medium SUVs
Starting Price $56,595$60,290$60,255$66,496
TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Drive TypeFour Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)Four Wheel Drive (4WD)
Fuel TypeDieselDieselPetrolDiesel
Wheels18" Alloy18" Alloy18" Alloy18" Alloy
ANCAP Safety Rating5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fuel Consumption6.5 L/100km6.6 L/100km8 L/100km7 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 54 L54 L68 L54 L
Engine4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L4 Cylinder 2.0L
Max Power110kW @ 4000rpm132kW @ 4000rpm177kW @ 5500rpm177kW @ 4000rpm
Max Torque380Nm @ 1750rpm430Nm @ 1750rpm340Nm @ 1250-3200rpm500Nm @ 1500-2500rpm
Country of ManufactureUnited KingdomUnited KingdomUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)2,200 kg2,200 kg2,000 kg2,500 kg
Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)750 kg750 kg750 kg750 kg
Manufacturer Warranty3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)3 year(s)
Dimensions
Ground Clearance600 mm600 mm600 mm600 mm
Release dateJan 2016Jan 2016May 2015Jan 2017
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