Modest economy and a smallish 54-litre tank meant we rarely got better than 350 miles between fills.
List price new £39,400 List price now £39,800 Price as tested £42,222 Dealer value now £31,400 Private value now £27,650 Trade value now £26,900
InControl Connect £650, Scotia Grey metallic paint £600, Santorini Black contrast roof £500, privacy glass £350, reduced-section spare wheel £287, traffic sign recognition £250, heated steering wheel £185
Fuel Consumption and Range:
Fuel tank 54 litres Test average 33.2mpg Test best 38.6mpg Test worst 25.1mpg Real-world range 394 miles Economy 53.3mpg (combined)
0-62mph 8.9sec Top speed 117mph Engine 4 cyls, 1999cc, diesel Power 178bhp at 4000rpm Torque 317lb ft at 1750rpm Gearbox 9-spd automatic Boot 98 litres Wheels 479-16 8.0J x 19in Tyres 235/55 R19 Kerb weight 1884kg
Service and running costs:
Contract high rate £468 per month CO2 139g/km Service cost None Other costs 14.5 litres of AdBlue £44 Fuel costs £2141 Running costs inc fuel £2185 Cost per mile 17 pence Depreciation £12,500 Cost per mile inc dep'n £1.14 Faults Suspension creak, clonk from tailgate
Our Discovery Sport is always a welcome sight at the end of a stressful day at work.
More so than in most cars, slipping into the driver’s seat immediately makes me begin to unwind — a trait the compact SUV shares with its bigger, more luxurious siblings, I’m pleased to discover.
Even before I’ve buckled up and pressed the engine start button, I can feel myself relaxing and looking forward to a soothing drive home.
I attribute this ability to make occupants feel at ease to the car’s excellent driving position, the spaciousness of the cabin and the simple functionality of the controls.
The seats are supremely comfortable, and I like the fact that while they are mounted high enough to give a great view out, they aren’t so lofty that I have to climb up to get in, as is the case in the full-size Land Rovers; they’re the ideal height for me to slide in or out with the minimum of effort.
Unlike our now-departed Range Rover Sport, the Discovery Sport isn’t intimidating to park or manoeuvre up and down narrow ramps in multi-storey car parks, either, thanks in large part to its surprisingly quick steering.
Visibility is aided in no small way on frosty mornings by the standard heated windscreen.