The Land Rover Discovery Sport is an entry level SUV from the Land Rover brand. It’s more affordable to other cars in the range but just as comfortable and practical like any other Land Rover.
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Lots of room
Engines are not efficient
Infotainment system not so great
This new facelifted Discovery Sport has some very neat exterior upgrades that make it so much posher looking. The bigger grill and sleeker LED headlights look superb. Especially with the new sweeping indicator lights. The inside has also received upgrades, the climate controls have received a notable change with design elements from the Range Rover Sport. It also received a new upgrades infotainment system with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
Speaking of infotainment systems, like any other Land Rover – the software is not intuitive to use, mostly due to the slow speed. Also the navigation is not so good, you are better off using Maps or Waze through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
The interior design will get dated very quickly. It has a very classic design shape and nothing too spectacular. You don’t get the “wow” experience like in the interior of a Range Rover Sport or even the Evoque for that matter. The Discovery line is the cheaper level in the Land Rover collection, you can see that from the moment you step in the vehicle.
What is very good with the interior is the amount of passenger and storage space. Land Rover managed to squeeze in another 48 litres of storage space compared to the pre-facelift version. There’s lots of headroom, kneeroom and footroom in the back. The body is quite wide enough to cope with 3 in the middle row. What is annoying though are the back windows, they only go down halfway.
There’s also an option to fit two seats in the back that works perfectly for children but is not usable at all for adults. With all 7 seats in place, there is almost no room in the boot. Once the rear two seats are down you have plenty of room. You can fold down the middle-row seats by just a touch of a button on the side of the boot.
There’s also an option to fit two seats in the back that works perfectly for children but is not usable at all for adults. With all 7 seats in place, there is almost no room in the boot. There are loads of room once the rear two seats are down. You can fold down the middle-row seats by just a touch of a button on the side of the boot.
If you want USB ports in the back of the car, you need to pay an optional extra which is an unpleasant surprise for a premium car.
Underneath the bonnet, there’s a pedestrian airbag which will cause less damage to a pedestrian and possibly save lives! Which is of course very good news for your insurance company.
With the optional ClearSight rear view mirror you can switch from your regular mirror to a camera in case passengers or luggage in the back are blocking your view.
When it comes to offroading, this Land Rover Discovery Sport will demolish any alternative from Germany. It has a clever 4x4 drive system and wading depth of 60cm!
In terms of engine choices, it is very simple. You can get a 2L 4-cylinder Diesel engine with 3 different power outputs: 150hp, 180hp and 240hp. The 150hp is front wheel drive only and with only a manual gearbox. Every other Discovery Sport has an automatic gearbox with 8-speeds and 4-wheel drive. There are also 2 Petrol versions with yet again a 2L engine: 200hp or 250hp.
The engines are not so economical. The size of the car and wight really affects the performance. So your 180hp engine feels like a 150hp. Also fuel economy is not so great of what you would expect from a Diesel. German alternatives do much better work with engine economy and performance.
The Discovery Sport is very easy to drive around town, you sit up high for a good view out. The rear view is not so good, but it is still fairly easy to park due to the different parking assist systems and 360° camera.
The suspension is soft enough to drive over bumps. The gearbox however isn’t that “sporty”, it’s not so direct when you floor it. It takes time to downshift if you floor it, so it could be slightly annoying if you would want to suddenly accelerate fast.
Overall, the Land Rover Discovery Sport is very refined SUV that will do the job very well.