Discovery Sport prices start as low as £31,320 for the front-wheel-drive model, but most buyers will plump for a four-wheel-drive variant. These start at £35,840 and go as high as £47,000, for the P300e in R-Dynamic trim. Our MY2020 177bhp SE-spec test car, meanwhile, starts at £44,170.
That seems like reasonable value for an upmarket seven-seat SUV with a rich level of standard equipment and a more genuine level of go-anywhere capability than most of its competitors. That it’s fractionally cheaper than a comparable BMW X3 xDrive20d M Sport (£45,705) serves as an initial deal-sweetener.
There is, however, a price to pay for this additional functionality. With CO2 emissions of 194g/km and a claimed WLTP combined fuel economy of 38.1mpg (we saw a test average of 31mpg), the Land Rover is both thirstier and more expensive to tax than the BMW. By comparison, the X3 is rated at 44.1-47.1mpg on the WLTP cycle, while its CO2 rating stands at 156-167g/km. When we road tested it in 2018, we saw a test average of 37.1mpg.
Of course, the most tax-friendly Discovery Sport, and the one with the potential for truly excellent fuel economy, is the plug-in P300, which officially manages 143.1mpg and 44g/km CO2, with an all-electric WLTP range of 34 miles.