The broad driver’s seat is, in the main, extremely comfortable, although it’s worth adding adjustable lumbar support on the cheaper trims – without this there's a shortage of lower back support. High-end Discovery Sports come with adjustable lumbar support and electrically adjustable seats as standard.
The cushioned lid of the raised centre cubby doubles as a well-placed armrest, and the dashboard is easy to figure out, with well-marked and logically placed switches. The rotary air-con controls are helpfully simple, although some settings are controlled using the big colour touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, which can prove fiddly.
Land Rover Discovery Sport visibility
The Discovery Sport’s chunky door mirrors give you a broad, rearward view but can obstruct forwards visibility at junctions. There’s also a blind spot at the car’s rear three-quarters that it is important to be aware of when changing lanes, especially if you haven't chosen to add the optional blind-spot monitoring system
All Discovery Sports come with rear parking sensors and all but entry-level SE models have front sensors, too. A reversing camera is standard on HSE trim and up, and optional on lower trims, while automatic parking systems are optional across the range. Standard heated front and rear screens mean that you’ll be able to clear frost in no time.
Land Rover Discovery Sport infotainment
All versions of the Land Rover Discovery Sport come with an 8.0in colour touchscreen as standard. The straightforward home menu makes it easy to jump between key functions, which include sat-nav on all but entry-level SE trim, although it's a shame the screen doesn't respond a little more promptly when you press it.
Beyond the core home menu, some of the other processes – such as finding a radio station or inputting a new destination – are quite convoluted and the necessary icon isn’t always obvious. Some of the icons are quite small, too, making them tricky to hit while you’re driving.
More positively, all models get Bluetooth handsfree and audio streaming, a DAB radio, a USB socket and controls on the steering wheel. Even the SE and SE Tech models have a very effective 10-speaker sound systems, while HSE and up get an 11-speaker system with a subwoofer. An optional 10in InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is optional on HSE trim and above and is much better than the standard 8.0in version. It's very pricey, though.
Land Rover Discovery Sport build quality
The interior of the Land Rover Discovery Sport is characterised by plenty of plush, dense-feeling materials, well-damped switches, and classy touches such as brushed-metal trim and a rising rotary gear selector (on auto models).
It doesn’t feel quite as solidly built or as well finished as some of its fellow upmarket SUVs, in particular as the Audi Q5. However, the Sport feels much better appointed than its mainstream seven-seat SUV rivals, including as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan X-Trail. All things considered, the Discovery Sport lives up to its premium billing.