Land Rover Discovery Sport review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:hybrid, diesel, petrol
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The broad driver’s seat is extremely comfortable, although you have to adjust it manually if you opt for the entry-level trim. The posher trims have fully electric adjustment for everything bar the headrest.

The cushioned lid of the raised centre cubby doubles as a well-placed armrest and the dashboard is easy to figure out. Although there are physical dials to adjust the temperature of the climate control and engage the off-road modes, the controls for the heated windows are touch-sensitive. That makes them fiddlier to use on the move than conventional buttons that you can locate by feel. 

On the top two trims, the analogue instrument dials behind the steering wheel are replaced by an ‘interactive driver display’. This is a crisp digital screen that displays information such as music tracks or sat-nav mapping alongside the usual speed and engine data. It’s intuitive to use and keeps your eyes on the road more while following navigation instructions.

Visibility, parking sensors and cameras

The Discovery Sport’s chunky door mirrors can obstruct forward visibility at junctions and there’s also a blind spot when looking over your shoulder; you'll need to bear that in mind when changing lanes, especially if you haven't got the blind spot monitoring system (more about which in the safety section on the end page).

All Discovery Sports come with front and rear parking sensors plus a reversing camera as standard. Also available is a 360deg ‘birds-eye-view’ monitor and a feature called ClearSight Ground View, which projects a view of the ground beneath the front of the car onto the touchscreen to help when tackling off-road trails. A ClearSight rear-view mirror is standard from HSE trim and does a similar thing, displaying an image from the car's rear camera on the interior mirror, allowing you to see what's behind even when the rear window is blocked by people or luggage. 

LED headlights are standard across the range, but go for SE trim or above and you’ll get upgraded ‘Premium’ versions that use twice as many LEDs, allowing you to see in greater detail in the dark.

Land Rover Discovery Sport 2019 RHD dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

The infotainment system is largely the same as the one in the Range Rover Evoque. Its 10.0in touchscreen is sharp, and you get plenty of connectivity, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring on all but the entry-level trim. This means you can use smartphone apps, such as Google Maps and Waze, via the touchscreen. 

True, the screen can sometimes be a bit sluggish to respond to prods, and its operating system isn’t as intuitive as the BMW X3's (and BMW's iDrive rotary controller interface is much easier to use on the move), but it’s still one of the better systems in the large SUV class. If specified, information from the main infotainment system can be displayed on the Interactive Driver Display that we mentioned above.

Optional extras include various sound system upgrades. You can even have a digital TV.

Quality

The interior of the Discovery Sport is characterised by plenty of plush, dense-feeling materials, well-damped rotary heating controls and classy touches, including brushed-metal trim. It’s only lower down on the dashboard and doors that you’ll find some harder and scratchier plastics.

It also doesn’t feel quite as solidly built or well finished inside as some of its German rivals, in particular the Q5 and X3, but is a lot better screwed together than the flimsier-feeling Mercedes GLC. However, the Discovery Sport is plusher inside than most of the mainstream seven-seat SUV competition, including the Kia Sorento and Seat Tarraco. In short, it lives up to its premium billing.

Land Rover Discovery Sport 2019 front cornering
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