You might assume that a luxury SUV by definition is high quality in all ways. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case for two Land Rover SUVs. The 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque both sit at the bottom of Consumer Reports’ luxury compact SUV ratings. Here’s a look at why.
Consumer Reports’ ratings
Of the luxury compact SUVs that Consumer Reports rated for the 2021 model year, the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque both received an overall score of just 41 out of 100. Their handling and reliability reduced both of their ratings. Their road-test scores, both 58 out of 100, are also the lowest of the group. Both also have just one out of five for predicted reliability.
Their predicted owner satisfaction scores are slightly different, with the Discovery Sport getting a one out of five while the Range Rover Evoque got a three out of five. Neither is great at accelerating, coming in among the slowest of the group. The Discovery Sport goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 8.6 seconds, and the Range Rover Evoque gets up to speed in 8.3 seconds.
In other Consumer Reports categories, the Range Rover Evoque scores a bit better than the Discovery Sport. The Range Rover Evoque is rated four out of five for both routine handling and noise, while the Discovery Sport received three out of five for both.
The Range Rover Evoque also got a three out of five for ride, while the Discovery Sport received just two out of five. Both were rated two out of five for emergency handling. The Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque aren’t alone for 2021, as all seven Land Rover SUVs received low overall scores and poor predicted reliability ratings.
The 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Consumer Reports does like that the 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport has an available, although small, third row, something that isn’t common for this class. It’s very easy to get into the second-row seats, and they provide plenty of space.
Consumer Reports says it’s difficult to drive the Discovery Sport smoothly due to “uneven power delivery.” It also has a “stiff ride” and isn’t very agile despite having Sport in its name. It has a noisy four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which Consumer Reports says has “inept programming.” It does have limited off-road abilities, although it doesn’t have a low-range gearbox. It is able to tow up to 4,410 pounds.
The Discovery Sport has a nice interior, but Consumer Reports didn’t think it was good enough for its cost. The tops of the dashboard and doors are padded, and the electronic shifter comes up from the console when the driver starts the car. But there are still some hard plastics and exposed screws.
The infotainment system isn’t that intuitive, according to Consumer Reports, and the touchscreen is small and hard to reach. The Discovery Sport comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.
The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque gets a more positive review from Consumer Reports, but it does say not to “be sucked in by the Evoque’s attractive styling, flashy interior, and Land Rover brand cachet.” It also proclaims the SUV to be overpriced.
The Range Rover Evoque has good agility, handling, and braking. Its acceleration isn’t that speedy though, and Consumer Report says it has a “rough and bumpy ride.” The turbocharged engine has a delay before accelerating, and the stop/start system is slow too. It can do a bit of off-road driving. It’s also able to tow up to 3,698 pounds.
It’s nicely finished, and the front seats are comfortable, says Consumer Reports. Visibility out the rear can be a challenge. The infotainment system looks good with its optional two screens, but it’s “complicated, slow-reacting, and very distracting,” according to Consumer Reports. It comes standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist. Blind-spot warning is available.
Buyers looking for a compact-size Land Rover could consider the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Velar, which scored slightly higher than the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Or, if it doesn’t have to be a Land Rover, the highest score from Consumer Reports in this class is the 2021 Lexus NX, with an overall score of 82.