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, which cuts into this a little.
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, too, while the glovebox is big enough to allow you to store a few small items, as well as the handbook.
Land Rover Discovery Sport 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 forwards, 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. Leg room is particularly tight, and access isn't great either because the wheel arch juts into the space you have to squeeze through. The rearmost seats are fine for the occasional seven-up trip to rugby practice, though, and none of the Discovery Sport's premium-badged rivals even offer seven seats. If a usable seven-seater is a requirement of yours, look at the Kia Sorento, which has space for adults in its third row.
The seats in the third row fold away into the boot floor when they're not required, and are easy to lift up again one-handed.
Land Rover Discovery Sport 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 entry-level 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 individual seats independently of one another. You can also fold each individual 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 forwards 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 boot space
A boot lip that’s flush with the boot floor makes it easy to lug heavy items into the back of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. With the third row of seats folded down, or in five-seat versions, the boot is larger than most of its similarly sized rivals'. There’s no underfloor storage, however, and there’s nowhere to stow the tonneau cover if you need to remove it, which you must to raise the sixth and seventh seats.
A Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe have substantially larger boots but many motorists will value the Sport’s more compact dimensions. In any case, its load area is well shaped and big enough that it will cope with most carrying jobs easily enough. A powered tailgate is standard on all but base SE trim models.