Two versions of the 2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport are available: S and SE. Each one seats five people unless you opt for a third-row seat that bumps the count to seven passengers.
Land Rover installs just one engine under the 2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport’s hood, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making a modest 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.
After several technological improvements in 2021, the Discovery Sport adds value in 2022. New standard equipment includes heated front seats, remote keyless entry, wireless smartphone charging, and a power liftgate.
All versions of the SUV are now available with optional roof rails and a surround-view camera system, and a new Third Row package combines a third-row seat with air vents for that location. Massaging front seats are no longer available.
One letdown for the 2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport is underwhelming acceleration and fuel economy from its standard four-cylinder engine. Not only do the most popular models in the segment offer more powerful engine options, but most are also more fuel-efficient.
A handful of rivals offer plug-in hybrid powertrain upgrades as well. While the Discovery Sport’s all-weather nature has some appeal, overall we think most small luxury SUV shoppers will be more satisfied with a Genesis GV70, Mercedes-Benz GLC, or even one of Land Rover’s other models, such as the Defender or larger Discovery.
The Discovery Sport receives a few new standard features for 2022, including heated front seats, a power-operated rear liftgate, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
The optional Third Row pack, which adds the Disco Sport’s optional third row of seats, now includes cooling vents and USB ports for those passengers. Two new colors have been added to the options sheet: Ostuni Pearl White and Lantau Bronze.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Every Discovery Sport has a turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain that makes 246 horsepower. Of course, standard all-wheel-drive—along with a host of optional trail-rated equipment—helps the Sport glide over bumpy terrain and weather any storm.
The Disco Sport can even wade into as much as 23.6 inches of water (for those who dare) and tow up to 4409 pounds. We tested a 2020 model with the 246-hp engine and found it to be rather sluggish; throttle response is lazy, and the Disco Sport requires 7.5 seconds to reach 60 mph.
Handling isn’t particularly crisp, so don’t expect to wring thrills from curvy back roads. On the plus side, the 2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport delivers a comfortable ride for cruising.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Discovery Sport’s EPA fuel economy estimates are 19 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Compared with other luxury compact SUVs, the Land Rover is thirsty. It was particularly greedy for fuel during our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, where it delivered a lackluster 21 mpg.
Even the six-cylinder BMW X3 M40i managed 29 mpg in our testing, and other all-wheel-drive rivals such as the Acura RDX and Mercedes-Benz GLC300 managed 25 mpg. For more information about the 2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
With a dashboard design that mimics what’s in flashier and pricier Land Rovers, the 2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport maintains the brand’s upscale image. The cabin now offers sustainable materials and more seat configurations for better versatility.
The seats in our test vehicle were comfortable enough for several long-haul trips lasting four hours or so. Base models come fairly well-equipped with such luxuries as ambient interior lighting, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start.
Leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, and a pair of third-row jump seats are all optional. The 2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport holds 28 cubic feet of cargo behind its second row. That’s three cubes better than what the Audi Q5 can boast but falls short of the 30-cubic-foot space in the tail of the Cadillac XT5.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All Discovery Sport models come with a 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen featuring Land Rover’s latest Pivi Pro interface. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standards, and other infotainment features such as a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, a head-up display, and in-dash navigation are optional.
The standard sound system is a 180-watt six-speaker setup, but Land Rover offers two Meridian stereos as options: The first is a 380-watt 10-speaker arrangement, and the second has 14 speakers and 825 watts of power.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Land Rover offers plenty of safety features including everything from advanced camera systems to the usual array of contemporary driver and safety assists. The latter includes adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking with forward-collision detection, lane-keeping assist, and more.
For more information about the 2022 Land Rover Discovery Sport’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.
2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport SE P250
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$53,775 (base price: $45,595)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
122 in3, 1997 cm3
246 hp @ 5500 rpm
269 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.7-in vented disc/12.8-in disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Zero All Season PNCS, 235/50R-20 104W M+S JLR
Wheelbase: 107.9 in
Length: 181.0 in
Width: 75.0 in
Height: 68.0 in
Passenger volume: 124 ft3
Cargo volume: 4 ft3
Curb weight: 4658 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.3 sec
60 mph: 7.5 sec
100 mph: 21.7 sec
120 mph: 38.8 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.5 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.5 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.9 sec
¼-mile: 15.8 sec @ 86 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 132 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.83 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 19 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 21 mpg
Highway range: 370 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 21/19/24 mpg