2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average off-road and all-weather capabilities
  • Available third-row seating
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Cabin is well-made but less luxurious than those of rivals
  • Active safety features and driver aids are pricey extras
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Which Discovery Sport does Edmunds recommend?

We think the additional equipment on the HSE trim will appeal to luxury shoppers. We'd also recommend adding the Vision Assist package, which includes blind-spot monitoring and a surround-view camera. The Cold Climate package is worth considering even if you live somewhere warm since it adds not just heated but cooled front seats. The Intelligent Dynamics package is another good one as it improves both ride quality and fuel efficiency.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

After several years of changes culminating in last year's new seats and engines, Land Rover seems to have the Discovery Sport where it wants it. For 2019, the Discovery Sport carries over essentially unchanged.

If you're looking for a small luxury SUV with more off-road capability than average, the Disco Sport's ground clearance and traction control features make it stand out in its class. It's also currently the only luxury SUV of its size with an available third row. While it's incredibly cramped, some buyers will appreciate the option to seat more passengers in a pinch.

There are downsides. The Discovery Sport starts with less equipment and fewer features than competitors, and the price racks up quickly as you start ticking boxes. You'll wind up paying top dollar to get a similar luxury experience to other small SUVs. Additionally, the Land Rover infotainment system can be frustrating to use, even after this year's updates.

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport certainly has its niche, but automakers are fighting hard for small luxury SUV dominance. With so many excellent choices on the market right now, it might be worth looking at other vehicles in the segment if you don't need the Disco Sport's particular advantages.

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport models

The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a compact luxury SUV that comes standard with five seats, though an optional two-person third row raises capacity to seven. There are three trim levels: SE, HSE and HSE Luxury. A more powerful engine is available for the HSE and HSE Luxury trims.

The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful version of this engine is available for the HSE and HSE Luxury trims and makes 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.

The Discovery Sport's powertrain also includes Land Rover's All-Terrain Progress Control (a low-speed off-road cruise control), hill descent control and the driver-adjustable Terrain Response system. The latter technology has four settings that adapt accelerator and steering response, gear selection, center differential engagement, and braking and stability control systems to optimize performance in a variety of difficult driving scenarios. Unlike with other Land Rovers, there are no locking differentials, low-range gearing or adjustable suspension height.

Standard equipment on the SE includes automatic headlights and wipers, power-folding and heated mirrors, a rearview camera, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, 18-inch wheels, and the Land Rover Terrain Response system, which changes vehicle settings to match various surfaces. Also standard are 10-way power front seats, partial leather upholstery, a 60/40-split rear seat (folding, reclining, sliding), an 8-inch touchscreen interface, four USB charging ports (two front, two rear), and a 10-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and a USB media player interface.

Some options are unique to the SE: The Convenience package adds proximity entry, a hands-free liftgate and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The SE Vision Assist package includes foglights and xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. Twelve-way power-adjustable front seats and navigation are available as stand-alone options.

The HSE comes with the contents of the Convenience and SE Vision packages and adds a fixed panoramic roof, front parking sensors, full leather upholstery, and 12-way power front seats with memory functions.

Both the SE and HSE can be upgraded with the Audio Upgrade package, which adds an 11-speaker Meridian stereo and satellite radio. Smartphone-connection apps, onboard Wi-Fi and satellite radio are available for both trims as stand-alone options.

The HSE Luxury adds the Audio Upgrade package, 19-inch wheels, fancier exterior trim, multicolor interior ambient lighting, upgraded leather upholstery and navigation functionality.

The HSE trims are available with several option packages. The Vision Assist package includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, and a surround-view camera system. The Driver Assist Plus package adds the navigation functionality, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking. The HUD & Park Assist package brings a head-up display and an automatic parking system that can handle perpendicular and parallel parking duties.

The Intelligent Dynamics package adds an active all-wheel-drive system, which switches between front- and all-wheel drive based on conditions to save fuel, and an adaptive magnetic suspension. The Driver Assist Plus package with InControl Pro adds a 17-speaker Meridian sound system and the upgraded 10-inch InControl Touch Pro touchscreen interface that includes onboard Wi-Fi and its own upgraded navigation system. Finally, the Dynamic Design package adds a variety of special exterior and trim pieces, including gloss-black 20-inch wheels.

All trims can be equipped with the Cold Climate package, which includes a variety of heated items such as windshield, steering wheel, and front and rear seats. Also available as stand-alone options are different wheels, contrasting roof color choices, the head-up display, and a cargo cover as well as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

The Discovery Sport Landmark Edition is a special trim available only for the 2019 model year. It starts with the HSE trim's equipment, and then adds a number of unique design elements. The Landmark Edition has a different bumper, 19-inch wheels, graphite exterior trim pieces, ebony leather upholstery, and aluminum interior trim pieces.

Driving

We are impressed with the Discovery Sport's handling and braking performance. Although the base engine provides lackluster acceleration, a more powerful option is available. While the Sport is not as rugged an off-roader as other Land Rovers, its traction system makes it competent in the dirt.

Interior

With lots of room for passengers and easy entry and exit, the Discovery Sport is a good people mover. It also gets high points for visibility and materials quality. Unfortunately, the interior design doesn't feel especially luxurious, and the infotainment system is clunky and overly complicated.

Utility

The Discovery Sport offers a lot of cargo space for the segment, and it also has an impressively high towing capacity. But there's not a lot of storage space for small items in the cabin.

Technology

There's a lot of available technology if you're willing to spend the money to add it. Active safety features and driver aids are available but pricey. The infotainment system is a weakness. While it's customizable (and more responsive thanks to recent updates), it's also distracting to use, and much of the functionality is more difficult to access and master than competitive systems.

Consumer reviews

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Great Car for the size, style, and performance
JD,08/17/2019
HSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
This is a beautiful car at a fair price for a Land Rover. It's a lot of car in a very small footprint! (the Evoque was way too small for us). The interior and finishes are great. The glass roof is awesome. The back seat is comfortable and spacious, and the seats recline which is great. The gas mileage is not "Like an8 cylinder" as one reviewer wrote. I know because I sold my GMC Denali 8 Cylinder before buying this one and my gas mileage is WAY better. It totally depends on how you drive. The greatest feature is the ECO mode which will automatically reduce all systems to lower gas and electricity usage. Very nice to just turn on and not think about it. It will lower your performance and the strength of your AC. It seems owners need to read their manuals because it explains this. I get about 27-29 mpg on the highway and may be 15-18 city driving. If you drive aggressively you mileage will drop dramatically. The car is surprisingly quick with the turbo. If you want full performance, AC, etc turn off the ECO mode - which I do when I want best acceleration, etc. There have been issues with the Auto start/stop gas saving feature and with some random electrical/computer stuff but all is under warranty. The transmission sometimes can be less smooth than others but it's negligible. I don't think I would buy a high mileage used Land Rover because of this. My biggest complaint is, it does not have the 'Activity Key' wristband for water-sports (locking your key fob in car and going swimming without fob). It is not an option to upgrade to - which is really stupid. (still looking for a solution to this, short-sighted for and 'adventure car') All things considered, all members of my family love this car.
Bad Turbo Lag
Designman,07/17/2019
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
Own a Discovery Sport. I hate the turbo lag. It's very dangerous as when pulling into traffic or needed acceleration for lane changing. I've almost been killed many times. You push the peddle and and for a few seconds nothing happens and then a big jerk. My wife thinks I'm a bad driver but when the turbo engages it jerks.
Very disappointing!
Dana ,02/17/2020
HSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
I love the look of this car and that’s what really sold me. I should’ve test driven it longer and in different conditions because I hate the way it drives. I agree with the other reviewer who mentioned the turbo lag. I wasn’t sure what to call it or exactly how to explain but the car jerks. Start the car, put in reverse and it delays and then jerks. Does the same thing when you are stopped and accelerate. Awful if you are waiting to make a turn at a traffic light! After you pull into your parking space and put the car in park it will then roll forward about 6-12”. Not good. When I brought it in for service they said that I have to “really drive it” (gun it) and it will get used to my driving and change. Nope. Not true. I’ve been driving for 30 years and I feel like a teenager driving this car because it is so jerky! It’s fine once you are accelerated and on a highway but I hate it for driving on town and actually getting on the highway. Can’t wait for my lease to be over. Going back to Lexus.
Love this car!!
Kelley,06/02/2019
HSE Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
It is the most comfortable and has everything at your finger tips. Sport ride for an SUV and great gas mileage!! I get 20 around town. Transmission so much smoother than past models. I’m on my third Rover!! Every time I look at other brands they just don't measure up. Especially being fun to drive!!

Safety

Our experts like the Discovery Sport models:

Autonomous Emergency Braking
Applies the brakes automatically to avoid a front collision.
Blind-Spot Monitor
Detects cars in adjacent lanes and warns the driver of their presence during lane change maneuvers.
Reverse Traffic Detection
Alerts the driver to the presence of approaching traffic behind the vehicle when reversing.

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Used 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Overview

The Used 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport is offered in the following submodels: Discovery Sport SUV. Available styles include HSE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), Landmark 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), HSE Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), HSE Dynamic 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A), and HSE Luxury Dynamic 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A).

What's a good price on a Used 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

Price comparisons for Used 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport trim styles:

  • The Used 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE is priced between $37,000 and$38,990 with odometer readings between 5919 and10991 miles.
  • The Used 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport Landmark is priced between $29,899 and$29,899 with odometer readings between 51231 and51231 miles.
  • The Used 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport SE is priced between $36,490 and$36,490 with odometer readings between 6763 and6763 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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