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Rivals for the Land Rover Discovery Sport

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The new Land Rover Discovery Sport, the replacement for the Freelander, has been introduced this week - you can't have missed it, splashed all over the press. It's quite an advance on the Freelander, partly because with two seats in the boot, it counts as a seven seater. This takes it into a slightly different commercial market sector from its predecessor and gives it many new rivals. If you think the Discovery Sport looks right up your street but don't have a spare £32,395 handy - the starting price - these are your best options.

Seat Alhambra

While it lacks the Land Rover's off-roading ability, the Alhambra is still competition in that it can seat seven in comfort. Essentially a badge engineered version of the more expensive VW Sharan, it's a very good value choice but is rather large, so not ideal if you spend a lot of time in tight multi-storey car parks.

Hyundai Santa Fe

It won't appeal to badge snobs like the Discovery Sport, but the Santa Fe is a very practical alternative. It's well equipped, surprisingly economical, competent off road and can also be bought slightly cheaper as a two wheel drive, if you're going for the spirit rather than the letter of the adventurous Land Rover blueprint.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Another option that competes upon its seven seater status rather than its off roading abilities, the C4 Picasso benefits from a flexible cabin seating arrangement and great visibility. It's a great MPV for families but certainly can't compete with the Discovery Sport as an SUV.


If your priority is more the sports utility side of things rather than the ability to transport large groups, the five seater X3 has the style, luxury and performance that also characterise the Discovery Sport. The cabin is spacious and the ride smooth, as you'd expect from BMW.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda's main selling point is its excellent engine, which is both willing and impressively frugal, returning just 119g/km in CO2 emissions. It lacks that premium brand fit and finish and those extra seats but has a generous amount of standard kit to play with and a practical cabin.

Audi Q5

Audi's answer to the BMW X3 is equally well built, spacious and rewarding to drive. Arguably, the ride is a little too firm for comfort but it still makes a great five seater alternative for those hankering after something like the Land Rover.

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