2023 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2023 Land Rover Discovery vs. Discovery Sport
2023 Land Rover Discovery


2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport
$56,600 MSRP*

Starting Price (New)

$43,300 MSRP*
296 hp 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder

Base Engine

246 hp 2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
23.8 gallons

Fuel Tank Capacity

17.7 gallons
8,200 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

4,409 pounds
74.3 cubic feet

Base Cargo Space

63.3 cubic feet

Choosing a Land Rover SUV can change your day-to-day forever—but which Land Rover SUV is right for you? Both the 2023 Land Rover Discovery and the 2023 Land Rover Discovery Sport can be had for a reasonable monthly payment, but the Discovery is larger, more expensive, better equipped, and more powerful. Ultimately, your decision will come down to whether or not you feel that it’s worth it to pay the Discovery SUV’s higher price tag—and we’ve laid out everything you need to know to make the right call. If you’d like to continue your Land Rover Discovery vs. Land Rover Discovery Sport comparison in person, all you need to do is let us know!

Price & Quality: Discovery or Discovery Sport?

A new Land Rover Discovery starts at $56,600 MSRP*. A new Land Rover Discovery Sport starts at $43,300 MSRP*—a significant difference. Take a look at some of the features that set these models apart to get a better sense of what you’re paying for:

  • Upholstery: You’ll encounter genuine Grained Leather in the Discovery, or synthetic DuoLeather in the Discovery Sport.
  • Infotainment: The Discovery Sport has a 10-inch touchscreen, while the touchscreen in the Discovery measures 11.4 inches. Both models include a Pivi Pro™ operating system, but only the Discovery comes standard with wireless device charging.
  • Safety: Both models include safety features like Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control as standard features, but only the Discovery comes equipped with a 3D Surround View camera.

Dimensions & Capacities: Discovery or Discovery Sport?

The Discovery is the larger SUV, and it comes standard with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. The Discovery Sport is more compact, and although it offers 5+2 seating as an optional upgrade, the optional third row will feel like a tighter squeeze for adults and older teens. This might be the biggest difference between the Discovery and the Discovery Sport, at least where the needs of Irving and Corona Del Mar families are concerned.

As standard, the Discovery and the Discovery Sport have the following interior capacities:

  • Legroom: 39.1 inches (1st) / 37.4 inches (2nd) / 33.5 inches (3rd) for the Discovery, 39.1 inches (1st) / 38.1 inches (2nd) for the Discovery Sport
  • Cargo Volume (Rear Seats Flat): Up to 74.3 cubic feet for the Discovery, up to 63.3 cubic feet for the Discovery Sport

Performance & Capability: Land Rover Discovery or Discovery Sport?

If you plan on doing any heavy lifting, it may be worth it to choose the Discovery over the Discovery Sport. Here’s why:

  • Engine Output: The Discovery Sport is only available with a 246-hp turbocharged i4. The Discovery is standard with a 296-hp turbocharged i4 as standard—but it also offers a 355-hp i6 as an optional upgrade.
  • Tow Ratings: The Discovery Sport can tow up to 4,409 pounds. The Discovery has a higher base towing capacity, and if you choose the larger engine, it can tow up to 8,200 pounds on Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar highways.

Fuel economy has not yet been determined for the 2023 Discovery or the 2023 Discovery Sport, but it’s reasonable to expect the smaller Discovery Sport to get slightly higher ratings. However, the Discovery fuel tank can hold about six more gallons of fuel, so your pit stops with the larger SUV will be fewer and farther between.

Compare the Discovery vs. Discovery Sport at Land Rover Newport Beach

Will you choose the Discovery or the Discovery Sport? If you’re still doing research, our Land Rover research guides can help you find your fit! Already eager to get behind the wheel? You can test drive one (or both) of these Land Rover SUVs by getting in touch with our Newport Beach dealership today. We even offer a convenient online shopping experience for those who’d prefer to take the next steps from home!


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*Price shown is Base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling charge ($1,050 for Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport, $1,150 for Range Rover Velar, $1,350 for Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Discovery and Defender), tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Total Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price includes destination/handling charge noted above and may include optional equipment but excludes tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.

**All figures are Manufacturer’s fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage may vary. EPA estimates not available at time of press.

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