This is the first diesel-engined car I’ve run for years, so the whole process of adding AdBlue was new to me, but I knew I’d be able to get bottles of the stuff at most service stations.
After consulting the handy leaflet on the subject that I found in the owner’s manual wallet, I bought two 1.5-litre spill-proof bottles, thinking that would be enough.
These bottles are designed to screw into the AdBlue filler spout — located in the engine bay, next to the bulkhead, in this case — so there’s no risk of making a mess. As it turned out, two bottles weren’t enough.
The service station didn’t have any more small bottles but pointed out that I could buy a 10-litre container of the fluid, with a fairly basic filler funnel, for barely any more than the £10 I’d paid for each of the 1.5-litre bottles.
Ten litres seemed excessive, so I drove off to another service station, where I added another 1.5 litres. Frustratingly, the warning light was still lit when I fired up the engine.
I was just about to give in and buy a 10-litre container when the light went out. I have no idea how close to being full the AdBlue tank is, but the car is happy for now.
Those 1.5-litre bottles strike me as a rip-off at £10 a pop. You’re mostly paying for the flash, idiot-proof container. Next time I’ll buy a 10-litre container and top up the tank the old-fashioned way.
I don’t expect any problems, but the weight of the 10-litre container and the height at which you have to hold it to reach the filler spout might make the task onerous for some.
Whenever I wash the Discovery Sport, I’m surprised at the flexibility of the grille and other front-end bodywork when I press on them.
The logical reason is probably that the nose is designed to be as forgiving as possible in a pedestrian impact. Given how robust the car feels when you’re not prodding it, that ought to be welcome news for pedestrians.
Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 180 HSE auto
Mileage 8590 List price £39,400 Price as tested £42,222 Economy 32.9mpg Faults None Expenses 4.5 litres of Adblue £31
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