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||34 miles||141mpg||44g/km|
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is not a new model, but the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version is. It follows the introduction of hybrid power to the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Velar, and is part of Land Rover's effort to catch up to German rivals such as BMW and Audi.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e is a petrol PHEV that uses a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder combustion engine driving the front wheels and a 107bhp electric motor powering the rear axle. It has a 15kWh battery, a typical size for this kind of car, and the total system output is 304bhp.
The main reason to buy one of these is that company-car users can save a lot of money over the coming years. The 34-mile electric range and CO2 emissions of 44g/km qualify it for the 11 per cent Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax band during the 2020/21 financial year, which is a massive potential saving over a petrol or diesel version.
The Discovery Sport PHEV drives very similarly to the non-hybrid models, and that includes the car's considerable off-road capability. It's also really practical and spacious inside so it works well as a family car, although it's worth noting that there's no seven-seater version of the Discovery Sport PHEV.
There's plenty of luxury and comfort here, which follows from the petrol and diesel versions, although you would expect it to be somewhat impressive given the list price of over £47,000. There are cheaper options if you go without the electric motor in lesser versions, but the only way to get the company car tax savings is to choose the PHEV.
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, and 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