Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV review
Land Rover's Discovery Sport P300e plug-in is an impressive petrol-electric SUV, but lacks the seven-seat practicality of the non-hybrid
- Smooth petrol/electric changeover
- Great interior and technology
- Low company-car tax
- Five-seater only
- Less refined than Evoque
- Expensive for private buyers
|Car type||Electric range||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions|
|Plug-in hybrid||36-38 miles*||143-176mpg*||36-44g/km*|
* manufacturer estimates ahead of official testing
Land Rover has dragged its feet little when it comes to getting plug-in hybrid power into its range. German rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes have several electrified models each on sale already, but the British brand is getting back on terms in the latter stages of 2020, with a petrol-electric version of the Discovery Sport – as well as its more upmarket Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Velar cousins – hitting showrooms at last.
We're focusing on the Discovery Sport here; it uses a drivetrain Land Rover calls 'P300e', comprising a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels and a 107bhp electric motor powering the rears. The latter is fed by a 15kWh battery and the total system output is 304bhp.
As is true for most plug-in hybrids, company-car users are a key target market, and the P300e's 38-mile electric range and CO2 emissions as low as 36g/km qualify it for the 10% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax band during the 2020/21 financial year.
The basic Discovery Sport driving experience – including considerable off-road capability – is unaffected by the move to hybrid power, but you do lose the option to specify seven seats, which may rule this model out for those with larger families. General practicality and boot capacity are still very good, however.
Also good is the level of in-car technology, as well as the general sense of luxury and comfort you get while travelling in the Discovery Sport. Private buyers may find the steep list price too hard to swallow, and go instead for one of the mild-hybrid petrol or diesel options in the range, but for those in the company-car user-chooser position who want a spacious family SUV, the P300e hybrid is worthy of serious consideration.
For a more detailed look at the Land Rover Discovery Sport PHEV, read on for the rest of our in-depth review…
In This Review
- 1Verdict - currently readingLand Rover's Discovery Sport P300e plug-in is an impressive petrol-electric SUV, but lacks the seven-seat practicality of the non-hybrid
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Discovery Sport P300e's emissions, economy and electric range are all good, while it's one of the few plug-in hybrids that can rapid charge
- 3Running costsLow company-car tax and the ability to use very little fuel in day-to-day motoring count in the Discovery Sport P300e hybrid's favour here
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Discovery Sport P300e hybrid isn't the lightest or sportiest SUV, but acceleration is swift and it doesn't lean too much in corners
- 5Interior & comfortThe Discovery Sport P300e hybrid boasts a luxurious and practical interior, while Land Rover's latest infotainment system is much improved
- 6Practicality & boot space Boot space and cabin storage are decent, but the Discovery Sport P300e hybrid cannot be specified with seven seats
- 7Reliability & safetyThere's no independent crash-test score for the Discovery Sport P300e hybrid yet, and reported Land Rover reliability isn't great