2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review: Family Adventure

If you're looking for a vehicle that can reward you and your family with vacations or weekends away packed with off-road adventures and still be adapted to and practical enough for regular everyday driving, then the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the car for you. There aren't many 5-door compact luxury SUVs that can take on the unbeaten path, not only with a decent level of skill, but also with seven passengers on board, if you opt for the third-row of seating. The Discovery Sport does this well, but its 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine proves to be a detriment - 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque may sound ample, but performance is always lackluster. This flaw, along with its poor fuel economy, and middling levels of luxury, punish the Disco Sport's standing in the ever-popular SUV segment. It's got a good amount of creature comforts, conveniences, driver assists, and safety features, but there are many SUVs like the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, and Lexus RX that feel more premium and are just more well-rounded.

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2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport?

Despite having undergone some significant alterations for the 2020 model year, the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport, still part of the Discovery Sport's first generation, arrives with an extensive array of cabin and technology upgrades. The most notable upgrade is perhaps the standardization of a new Pivi Pro infotainment system throughout the lineup, incorporating a more intuitive and user-friendly interface, over-the-air updates, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. There's also an optional Online Pack package that installs Wi-Fi hotspot capability, an integrated Spotify music app, and a wireless smartphone charging pad. A good selection of advanced driver-assist features have also been made standard across the board, such as a 3D surround-view camera, and a new cabin air filtration system is optional for higher-tier trims. To simplify the latest Discovery Sport line, Land Rover has dropped the P300 powertrain completely and has discontinued last year's base P250 trim and the R-Dynamic HSE top-spec trim.

Pros and Cons

  • Sporty, rugged aesthetic
  • Spacious cabin and practical trunk
  • Available with third-row seating
  • Impressively poised off-roader
  • Underpowered turbo-four engine
  • Powertrain isn't very fuel-efficient
  • Not as luxurious as other Land Rovers

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2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
P250 S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$41,900
P250 R-Dynamic S
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$43,600
P250 SE
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$45,350
P250 R-Dynamic SE
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$46,950

Discovery Sport Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 181.0 in
  • Wheelbase 107.9 in
  • Height 68.0 in
  • Max Width 75.0 in
  • Front Width 64.0 in
  • Rear Width 64.3 in
  • Curb Weight 4,035.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Hakuba Silver Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Byron Blue Metallic
  • Eiger Grey Metallic
  • Portofino Blue Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Namib Orange Premium Metallic
  • Fuji White

Discovery Sport Performance

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Engine and Transmission

For 2021, the Discovery Sport line is left only with the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 gas engine carried over from last year. It's exclusively paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox that sends the motor's 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque to the Land Rovers all-wheel drive system. The powertrain does provide adequate enough power for complacent, everyday city driving, but its responses are far too sluggish to ignore. With the right equipment, however, the Disco Sport is attributed a 4,409-pound towing capacity.

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Discovery Sport Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    17.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/23 mpg
* 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport S 4WD

Discovery Sport Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 39.1 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.7 in

Discovery Sport Trunk and Cargo Space

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Discovery Sport Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport a good SUV?

There aren't many SUVs in the US market that look as good as the Discovery Sport SUV, with its unique, athletic yet brawny aesthetic. Its perks are more than skin deep, though, as its modern and expansive interior, highly practical trunk space, and optional 3rd-row seating for seven passengers really do make it a good vehicle for families. Considering the price of the 2021 Discovery Sport SUV, at $41,900, puts it in competition with the likes of the Lexus RX and Mazda CX-9, it has to do more to stand out, though. It isn't as luxurious as the former or as well-rounded and value-rich as the latter, but it offers a unique trailblazer ambition that the entire family can enjoy.

Unfortunately, that is about all one will get from the Discovery Sport SUV - performance from its powertrain is adequate at best, just good enough to move the Disco Sport from point A to point B without actually exploding. This isn't actually certain either, considering the all-too-low reliability expectations of the car. There is also no US-based safety rating for the compact, although the European institutes rate it highly. All in all, the Discovery Sport is a pleasant adventure vehicle for the outdoorsy family and a merely competent daily runabout, but there are better all-rounders that will offer more value for the money.

๐Ÿš—What Land Rover Discovery Sport Model Should I Buy?

With a good selection of advanced and desirable features over the S trim, such as LED exterior lighting with DRLs, a digital driver display, blind-spot monitoring, and a power-operated liftgate, the SE trim offers the most bang for your buck. We'd personalize it with the black roof and one of the extra-cost metallic paints for a more premium and unique impression. There are also some sweet wheel designs to choose from. To get even more out of the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport, review the optional packages and add-ons. We recommend throwing in the 14-speaker Meridian surround sound system and 14-way heated, power-adjustable front seats. This trim is also configurable with the line's optional third-row seating, for those who need it.

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