Discovery Sport prices start as low as £31,575 for the front-wheel-drive model, but most buyers will plump for a four-wheel-drive variant. These start at £36,425 and go as high as £49,675. Our 177bhp SE-spec test car, meanwhile, starts at £43,175.
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 (£44,015) serves as an initial deal-sweetener.
There is, however, a price to pay for this additional functionality. With CO2 emissions of 155g/km and a claimed WLTP combined fuel economy range of 37.2-39.6mpg (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 42.2- 44.8mpg on the WLTP cycle, while its CO2 rating stands at 133g/km. When we road tested it in 2018, we saw a test average of 37.1mpg.