Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV - Interior & comfort

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has a high-quality interior that compares well with rivals from BMW and Audi

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The Land Rover Discovery Sport's interior slots neatly between the stylish Range Rover Evoque and rugged Land Rover Discovery, although it does lack the design flair of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

Land Rover Discovery Sport dashboard

The revised dashboard loses some of the chunky switchgear buttons and controls of the previous model. In their place are modern touch operated controls, which are thoughtfully arranged with most in easy reach giving the dash a clean and organised look.

The steering wheel design has been simplified somewhat with a new design layout. But there are a large number of buttons, which could be confusing at first as to which one does what. The rotary gear selector found in the previous car, which some found to be a bit gimmicky, has been replaced with a traditional ‘joystick’ style gear selector.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster adds a modern look to the dashboard as well, and is complemented by a centrally mounted 10-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with Land Rover's updated Pivi Pro infotainment software.

Most of the trim feels robust, but there are some cheap feeling materials – especially the panel around the gearstick. Lighter seat upholstery covers will show up dirt far more quickly than the darker options. And even with darker trim, the Discovery Sport never feels claustrophobic inside.

Equipment

The Discovery Sport comes with plenty of equipment – as it should do. Six trim levels are available, starting off with the entry-level Discovery Sport, then the Urban Edition, SE and HSE in R-Dynamic guise and the Sport Black. As standard there's LED headlights and a 10-inch Pivi Pro infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Stepping up to the R-Dynamic SE trim level adds 20-inch alloy wheels and more luxurious seats, along with upgraded interior trim, folding door mirrors and a powered tailgate. R-Dynamic HSE also brings Matrix LED headlights, leather upholstery, keyless entry and a premium Meridian stereo system.

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Stepping up to the Urban Edition gets you upgraded 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic roof, black exterior trim, sat-nav, a powered tailgate and rear indicators with scrolling graphics. It also includes a rear-view mirror that can switch to an exterior camera view for enhanced visibility. Meanwhile, the Sport Black gets a sporty look thanks to red brake calipers and upgraded LED headlights, along with keyless entry, a digital instrument display and switchable driving modes. 

Options

There’s a wide range of options for the Discovery Sport, but many are there to allow buyers of low-specification models to make their car closer to the next model up. Be careful of choosing too many of these options – it may work out better value to buy a higher-spec model in the first place.

Other options include a wide range of alloy wheels and paint colours. There are numerous shades available, although most are monochrome. Metallic paint is a pricey £700, and if you want Premium Metallic, you're looking at around £1,000. The Black Exterior pack includes black badges, grille and exterior trim for £550.

A 360-degree camera can be added to any trim for just under £600, while a head-up display costs about the same. The Meridian stereo system that's standard for HSE versions is a £600 option elsewhere, while a Meridian Surround Sound system is double the price.

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