2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport review

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Land Rover Discovery Sport highlights

Customer rating


  • Useful off-road abilities
  • Capacious cabin and trunk
  • Two stout engines to choose from


  • Both engines are rather thirsty
  • Optional third row lacks legroom
  • On-road handling is a bit sluggish

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 25 highway, 22 combined

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Go anywhere you want in style and comfort

Looking for the ideal companion for all seasons and all surfaces? The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport should rank high on your shopping list. It’s a comfortable and spacious crossover SUV, with high passenger and cargo capacity as well as numerous tech and convenience features. It’s perfectly suited for your busy daily lifestyle, while also having the off-road capabilities to tackle both rough terrain and adverse weather conditions with ease.

All Land Rover Discovery Sport years

What is new for the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

  • Discovery Sport trims have been upgraded with 20 Inch Plus Wheels as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Cruise Control features are now available as options on select trims.

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport trims

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HSE Luxury:

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport

1. Commodious cabin  

If space inside is a high priority, you’ll love the 2018 Discovery Sport’s roomy cabin. In standard configuration, there’s seating for up to five passengers, with 42 inches of front seat legroom and 37.3 inches of rear seat legroom. Should you need to carry a few extra passengers, an optional third-row seat increases the capacity to seven. Additionally, all occupants will appreciate comfort features like dual-zone automatic climate control and partial leather upholstery as standard. 

2. Ample cargo space 

The spacious passenger capacity is matched by equally generous cargo capacity. In standard five-seater configuration, you get a useful 32 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats -- plenty enough for the weekly grocery shopping to fit inside with space to spare. Should you need to transport extra large items, the rear seats are 60/40 split folding, increasing cargo capacity to 66.9 cu-ft. For added convenience, a hands-free power liftgate is standard on HSE trims upwards. 

3. Punchy turbocharged engine choices 

The 2018 Discovery Sport can be had with a choice of two 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engines, with both of them offering good power for zipping around town and cruising the highway. The base motor puts out 237 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded engine on HSE and HSE Luxury models increases power output to 286 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

4. Strong off-road and all-weather abilities 

Daily driving around town is one thing, but what if you yearn for adventure? Or live in an area which can be affected by averse weather, like snow and ice? This is where the 2018 Discovery Sport really shines. A whole range of high-tech offroad features are included as standard on all models, including All-Terrain Progress Control, Hill Descent Control®, hill start assist, and the driver-adjustable Terrain Response® system for adeptly navigating various rough surfaces. 

5. Wide array of tech & luxury features available  

The 2018 Discovery Sport is loaded from top to bottom with tech and convenience features, with even standard SE models offering a great selection of desirable equipment. This includes rear parking sensors, an eight-inch touchscreen interface, and a ten-speaker sound system all as standard. The HSE trim adds full leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof, and can be equipped with option packages including the Entertainment Pack, which adds a 17-speaker Meridian® sound system, the InControl® Touch Pro interface, and onboard Wi-Fi.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

3.8 out of 5

5 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Land Rover Discovery Sport an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Land Rover Discovery Sport 14th out of 18 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport features and specs

SE 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Meridian Audio
  • Navigation System
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Four Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 42"/R 37.3"

Head room

F 40.2"/R 38.7"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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