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Published Date: 7/27/2017

From the urban jungle to demanding off-road settings, both of these four-wheel drives have tremendous road presence and an abundance of strengths – but what sets them apart?

The obvious difference between the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Sport is the price, with the Discovery ranging from £29,000, almost half the price of the Range Rover. This opens up the endless possibilities of premium SUV ownership to customers whose lifestyles and budgets better suit a slightly more compact and economical vehicle like the Discovery Sport.

Differences in design

Both of these Solihull creations are stunning. The Discovery Sport’s styling has effectively been copied by the new full-size Discovery, which is a massive compliment, while the Range Rover Sport carries a somewhat more utilitarian, muscular and dynamic image. The two vehicles share a similar swept-back design at the front. The Range Rover Sport incorporates the firm’s trademark camera lens-style LED headlights, while the Discovery Sport features an eye-catching rounded LED signature at the front and rear.

Conclusion: your call. for athleticism: the Discovery Sport – for dominance: the Range Rover Sport

If size matters

The Discovery Sport at 1,724mm in height has the most legroom, while the Range Rover Sport appears taller. The latter, however, has an ‘access height’ setting on its clever air suspension system, aiding entry. There’s merely 4mm in width between the two, with the primary difference being length; The Range Rover Sport at 4,850mm and Discovery Sport at 4,599mm.

Conclusion: for a more spacious feeling drive: the Discovery Sport – for actual volume: the Range Rover sport

Cocooned from the world outside

Exquisite leather and beautiful trim are the order of the day in both cars’ cabins, with luxury complemented by the latest technology. The pinnacle being JLR’s InControl Touch multimedia system; the Pro version with an incredible Dual View screen. Planning routes, finding parking spaces, manoeuvring with the aid of cameras and autonomous aids, vehicle tracking and a host of other connected features await. While the stunning Meridian Sound system, configurable ambient lighting, rear seat entertainment and the gesture-controlled tailgate will leave owners of both cars impressed.

Conclusion: You’ll get the same premium Land Rover fit-out from both

Boot space

Versatile 5+2 seating is an option worth specifying for families with children, and despite its slightly smaller overall dimensions, the Discovery Sport offers a whopping 981 litres of boot space in 5-seat mode compared with the Range Rover Sport’s 784 litres. The larger car, however, boasts over 60 litres more when the rear seats are flattened.

Conclusion: if it’s a car for the family; the Discovery Sport – if it’s Just the two of you; the Range Rover Sport

Off-road capability

Both the adventurous, versatile and more compact Discovery Sport and the agile and dynamic Range Rover Sport feature the brand’s revered Terrain Response 4x4 system. This means both are capable of off-road driving in extreme conditions, with the RRS offering slightly more sophisticated options including a twin-speed transfer box and low-traction launch.

Conclusion: Both beyond capable, but the Range Rover Sport does edge it

Effortless and efficient engines

Combining performance, fuel efficiency and luxurious refinement, the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine may be the sole choice when specifying a Discovery Sport. But with 180bhp and plenty of torque at the driver’s disposal and the possibility of mating it to a silky smooth 9-speed automatic gearbox, it can’t help but impress.

Perfect for premium performance SUV drivers seeking more powerful engines, the Range Rover Sport can be ordered with a 240bhp version of the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine or a 3.0-litre SDV6 unit producing a phenomenal 700Nm torque. There’s also a 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel engine that can propel the car to 60mph in just 6.5 seconds, while still achieving combined fuel economy of 33.6mpg. For the ultimate in performance, a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine is also available, alongside a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 unit in either 510bhp or 550bhp guise in the form of the SVR.

In numbers

0 – 60mph in…. (seconds)
  Discovery Sport Range Rover Sport
  Min Max Min Max
Power (PS) 150 290 240 550
Fuel (comb MPG) 33.6 60.1 22.1 25.6
Emissions (Co2, g/km) 123 190 164 298
Top Speed (mph) 112 135 128 162
10 6.5 8 4.5


With the main differences focussed around size and manoeuvrability, off-road systems and engine variety, both the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Sport are luxurious, stylish, spacious and extremely safe. Each is technologically advanced and highly capable off-road, welcoming premium SUV buyers of varying budgets to the peerless Land Rover experience.



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