A plug-in hybrid for the countryside set

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is the spiritual successor to the Freelander, and it seems that it’s proving to be just as successful as its forebear because you see them absolutely everywhere. However, such is the popularity of premium mid-size SUVs these days that you could say exactly the same about the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 with which it competes. In this CarGurus UK video review, Rebecca Jackson finds out how the Land Rover stacks up against its popular rivals.

Unlike most of those rivals, the Discovery Sport, which has recently been facelifted, can be had with seven seats. That’s not the case with the car in this video, though, because this is the range-topping plug-in hybrid version, which has batteries and motors stored in the space where the third seating row would normally go. The PHEV gets 305bhp from a combination of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a 108bhp electric motor, while the 15kWh battery should be good enough for around 30 miles of electric-only running. And if the mood takes you, that 30 miles needn’t even be on Tarmac. This is a Land Rover after all, so has more off-roading ability than any other car in the class.

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▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
0:00 – Introduction to the Land Rover Discovery Sport
0:32 – Subscribe to CarGurus
0:44 – Exterior changes
0:58 – Boot space and practicality
01:32 – Rear seat space
02:05 – Interior, driving position and technology
03:23 – Driving impressions
05:57 – Off-road credentials
06:17 – Final thoughts
06:40 – Let us know what you think

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