Hyundai Santa Fe vs Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Ssangyong Rexton
With £40k to spend on a seven-seat SUV that can pull your caravan, you aren’t limited to Land Rover...
Every trim but SE gets you an 8.0in touchscreen with sat-nav, a DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, plus a punchy Krell stereo and a wireless phone charger. Shortcut buttons, including a personalisable one, make the menus easier to navigate, but there are a few overly small icons. The graphics are perfectly reasonable, if not the sharpest. Add in quick responses and it’s the best system here.
The Discovery Sport also has an 8.0in touchscreen surrounded by shortcut buttons, but it’s the worst system here. You get sat-nav and a DAB radio, but there’s no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Yes, Land Rover offers its own interface, but it’s clunky and doesn’t allow you to use your favourite sat-nav apps. It responds the slowest and its graphics are the poorest. You can upgrade to a 10.0in system with a better stereo, but it costs £1975.
ELX and Ultimate models get a 9.2in touchscreen with TomTom-powered sat-nav, a DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Although some of the graphics aren’t as attractive as the Santa Fe’s, they still look sharp and the system proves responsive. Shortcut buttons and a volume knob make controlling it that bit easier, and, like its rivals, it’s mounted high up, so you don’t have to divert your eyes so far from the road.