Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 driving position
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 provision. 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 – it’s well marked and has logically placed switches, including the simple main rotary controls for the air-con. However, some settings are altered using the big colour touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, and that can prove fiddly.
Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 visibility
The Discovery Sport’s chunky door mirrors give you a broad rearward view but can obstruct forward visibility at junctions. There’s also a blindspot at the car’s rear three-quarters that is important to be aware of when changing lanes, especially if you haven't chosen to add the optional blindspot monitoring system.
All Discovery Sports come with rear parking sensors and all but entry-level Pure and SE models have front sensors, too. A reversing camera is standard on HSE trim and upwards, and optional on lower trims, while automatic parking systems are optional across the range. All but the Pure trim have a heated front screen, so you’ll be able to clear frost in no time.
Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 infotainment
All versions of the Discovery Sport come with an 8.0in colour touchscreen as standard, but you can’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The straightforward home menu makes it easy to jump between key functions, which include sat-nav on all but entry-level Pure and SE trims, although it's a shame that 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 icons aren'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 hands-free and audio streaming, a DAB radio, a USB socket and controls on the steering wheel. Even the entry-level models come with a very effective 10-speaker sound system, while HSE trim and upwards 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, and still not quite as good as the best systems out there, such as those in the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 build quality
The interior of the 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 well finished as some of its fellow upmarket SUVs, in particular the Q5 and X3. However, apart from the swish Peugeot 5008, the Discovery Sport feels much better appointed than mainstream seven-seat SUV rivals including the Kia Sorento and Skoda Kodiaq, so it still lives up to its premium billing.