Land Rover Discovery Sport review - A talented all-rounder - Land Rover Discovery Sport MPG and running costs

Subtly brilliant, the Discovery Sport takes fight to the Germans

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from £28,995
  • Good mix of comfort and handling, great off-road, strong engines
  • Steering is low on feel

MPG and running costs

As well as improved performance and driveability, the new Ingenium engine realises significant improvements in economy and reduced CO2 emissions.

Most frugal of all is the 148bhp, manual transmission e-Capability model. Officially, it'll achieve 57.7mpg on the European combined cycle, which reduces CO2 to 129g/km for a zero-cost first-year VED rating. The 2015-2016 BIK rate is also low, at 23 per cent. By way of comparison, its predecessor was over 10mpg less parsimonious, pumped out 162g/km of CO2 and featured a 29 per cent BIK rating. The changes finally pull the Discovery Sport in line with its competitors on running costs.

Equipped with the higher-output diesel engine and the new nine-speed automatic transmission, economy doesn't suffer a great deal. While the old 187bhp diesel managed a respectable 44.8mpg, the latest car reaches 55.3mpg - barely lower than the 148bhp manual - and CO2 emissions are listed at 139g/km. BIK is in the 25 per cent bracket, compared to the old car's 31 per cent.

In terms of servicing, Land Rover offers Discovery Sport owners a service pack covering five years for a one-off fee of £499. The standard warranty is three years and unlimited mileage and the Discovery Sport is in insurance groups 33E to 38E.

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