We've refilled the AdBlue again, and had some issues with the retractable load cover
Allan Muir
15 March 2017

After rather hesitantly getting to grips with topping up the Discovery Sport’s diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) for the first time in July, I felt much more confident when the warning message popped up again recently.

I wasn’t going to repeat my previous mistake of buying several relatively expensive 1.5-litre bottles when I knew the DEF tank on our car had a capacity of 13.7 litres. This time my plan was either to ask a Land Rover dealer nicely to top it up (it’s free if you have a service plan) or do it myself once again but buy in bulk.

After playing phone tag with our closest dealer’s service department for a couple of days and getting nowhere, I realised it would be easier to carry out the task myself, so I paid a local service station (Esso, as it happens) a visit and came home with a 10-litre container of AdBlue that cost £13. It came with a fairly basic screw-on plastic flexi-funnel that dripped a tiny bit of surprisingly odourless fluid onto the engine cover, but the exercise was no more difficult than topping up the windscreen washer tank, with a lot less faffing about than the previous time.

With 10 more litres of AdBlue in the tank, the DEF range indicator has shot up to 12,800 miles, so the car should be happy for at least the next six months.

Retractable load cover issues

One issue when carrying six or seven people in the Discovery Sport is that you have to leave the retractable load cover behind. That won’t be a problem for most owners, but we managed to misplace ours for several weeks while the car bounced from one member of staff to another.

There were four possible culprits. Vicky Parrott, the last person to drive the car before I noticed anything was amiss, swore blind that the cover wasn’t there when she collected it. The other three suspects also pleaded ignorance at first. Then, just as I was finding out how much a new cover would cost, picture editor Ben Summerell-Youde found it in his flat, stuck in a corner behind a bookshelf. 

Having returned the load cover to its rightful place, we had to leave it behind again last week when we used the Discovery Sport to ferry six road testers and me from Anglesey circuit to Betws-y-Coed. This time it could easily have been me who forgot to retrieve it, but someone reminded me in time. It might have been Ben, trying to make amends…


Price £39,400 Price as tested £42,222 Economy 33.2mpg Faults Suspension creak Expenses 14.5 litres of AdBlue £44 Last seen 9.11.16

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A talented all-rounder

Practical test

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15 March 2017
The company should be renamed 'Road Rover' as they are clearly embarrassed by their off road heritage.

15 March 2017
erm eseaton, can you explain why they are 'clearly embarrassed by their off road heritage'?

15 March 2017
Sounds like they carried this little 'characteristic' over from the F-Pace. Pity they didn't pick it up while driving all those winter and hot weather testing miles in different parts of the globe. Hey-ho. What do you expect for £40k? Hope they sort it before letting the Vulvar loose.

15 March 2017
I've got a full far 405 range rover and the missus has a Sport. it's a very good car

15 March 2017
'Tune in next month, when we notice one of the tyres is slightly soft and go to a garage to put some more air in it.'

15 March 2017
"it’s free if you have a service plan...phone tag with our closest dealer...couple of days and getting nowhere". So the only relevant take away is that Land Rover dealers are not very good?

15 March 2017
any dealer worth their salt would have happily topped it up for a little bit of free advertising, obviously not, perhaps JLR are getting a bit above themselves and think they dont need it.

15 March 2017
When you have to use additives you just know a fuel is doomed. Diesel is like the last days of leaded petrol when you had to mix additives to avoid damage in older cars. Good bye diesel. Hello small petrol hybrids and electric motors.

15 March 2017
Lost the load cover eh? So a simple slot in the boot floor like I had in my 2006 Subaru Legacy Spec B Sport Tourer to store the cover when large loads needed is not available in a car that is supposed to be super practical? TBH, if you are a serious user of cars like these, Japanese is still the way, Subaru especially. Probably couldn't fit it in the design as a 13 litre tank was required to carry "magic" liquid instead. Christ, 13 litres is a lot of weight to be lugging around all the time. I've had my fair share of diesels but thankfully sold the last I should ever have. Don't want another especially if this is what you have to do. (I know its not just JLR with this, but as Thekrankis says above it smacks of obsoleteness when you have to do this.

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