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Land Rover Discovery Sport review

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Land Rover Discovery Sport
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7 Mar 2017 14:46 | Last updated: 30 Oct 2018 16:59

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 front space

Even very tall drivers will be able to get comfortable in the Discovery Sport. There's plenty of leg room and head room is among the best in the class – provided you don’t add the panoramic glass roof that zaps this slightly.

A deep central cubby houses the USB socket, so is the perfect place to store your phone out of sight. Two cupholders placed behind the gear selector can hold large takeaway mugs securely. The door pockets are sizeable enough to take a 750ml bottle, while the glovebox is big enough to store a few small items, as well as the handbook.

Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 rear space

With the middle-row seats slid back as far as possible, anyone sitting on them is treated to masses of leg room. True, if you slide them all the way forward, taller adults will find their knees pressed against the front seatbacks, but you won't need to do this very often.

By contrast, the rearmost row in seven-seat versions is distinctly cramped and best suited for younger teenagers. Leg room is particularly tight and access isn't great, either, because the wheel arch juts into the space you have to squeeze through.

Still, it is the only premium-badged car of this size to offer seven seats. If you’re willing to go non-premium, the Peugeot 5008 and Kia Sorento offer more spacious third rows.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 seating flexibility

The front passenger has the same seating adjustment as the driver, meaning standard manual movement with no lumbar adjustment. Full electric seat adjustment is optional on lower-priced Pure, SE and SE Tech trims. Otherwise, it’s standard on HSE and all versions above that.

The middle row of seats is split 40/20/40 and you can slide and recline each of the three seats independently. You can also fold each seatback flat into the boot floor for a variety of configurations.

Pull a lever low down on the side of the outer middle-row seats and they spring forward to give access to the third row. However, they don’t return to their original position automatically. Instead, they remain in place to free up leg space behind.

Land Rover Discovery Sport 4x4 boot space

A boot lip that’s flush with the boot floor makes it easy to lug heavy items into the back of the Discovery Sport. With the third row of seats folded down, or in five-seat versions, the boot is larger than that in most of its rivals, with some exceptions including the Sorento and 5008.

The load area is well shaped and big enough that it will cope more than enough luggage for most people’s needs, including large suitcases and buggies. A powered, gesture-controlled tailgate is standard on all but the entry-level Pure and SE models.

On the downside, there’s no underfloor storage and nowhere to stow the tonneau cover if you need to remove it – something you must do to raise the sixth and seventh seats.

 

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Has all the critical features including 18in alloys, part-leather upholstery, heated front seats and windscreen, rear parking sensors, a multi-function steering wheel and climate control. It also h...View trim
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This is the pick of the range and features sat-nav, a powered tailgate and front parking sensors on top of the standard SE features. However, you still don’t get full leather seats or xenon headlig...View trim
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A big price jump from SE Tech, but you do get a panoramic glass roof, 19in alloys, full leather upholstery, electrically adjustable front seats, a rear-view camera, an upgraded sound system with su...View trim
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Everything you could want including 20in wheels, styling upgrades, an automatic parking system, even more seat adjustment for the front seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, USB...View trim
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HSE Dynamic Lux
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