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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  • 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.

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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.

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