The Discovery Sport is essentially compact on the outside, yet it offers the option of a modest third-row seat.
And that’s a big advantage—one that pits it against a very wide range of vehicles, which in the U.S.
market includes mid-size rugged family crossovers like the Subaru Outback and Ford Explorer.
But Land Rover’s main competition, the brand says, is the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Volvo XC60.
Compared to any of these other models, the third-row seat is a plus.
The Discovery Sport also feels like more of a rugged multi-tasker than the BMW X3, as well as more space-efficient and comfortable than the Q5.
The Mercedes GLK twins classic SUV lines with a somewhat snug interior and moderate off-road ability.
And it’s worth considering that in another year, the Discovery Sport will offer something that the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class already have: a fuel-efficient diesel engine option.
We’d also throw in a top-of-the-line Jeep Cherokee V-6 as a more mass-market counterpoint.
So equipped, the Cherokee would have a pricetag in the same range as a base Discovery Sport, also with strong off-road ability and a feature set that might stand as a better value.
But the Land Rover seems to make more interior space out of about the same exterior dimensions, while it has more luxury cachet, as well as better drivability overall.
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|2016 Land Rover Discovery SportBrowse Used Listings||2016 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2016 GMC TerrainBrowse Used Listings||2016 Jeep CherokeeBrowse Used Listings||2016 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings||2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6|
|N/A||Small SUV 4WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD||Small SUV 2WD||Small SUV 2WD|
|AWD 4-Door SE||quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium||FWD 4-Door SL||FWD 4-Door Sport||FWD 4-Door T5 Drive-E||RWD 4-Door GLK 350|
|Four Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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