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Land Rover Discovery Sport review - 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.

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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 lineup was heavily streamlined in mid-2023, and now just three trim levels are available: S, Dynamic SE and Dynamic HSE, which should make decisions less complicated for buyers. As standard, there are LED headlights, wireless device charging, a digital instrument cluster and an updated floating 11.4-inch Pivi Pro infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa voice control. There are also two USB-C charge ports in each row, with seven-seat models also getting third-row climate control. 

Stepping up to the Dynamic SE trim level adds keyless entry, auto high beams, adaptive cruise control, a powered tailgate, 19-inch alloy wheels, more luxurious seats and a premium Meridian stereo system. Dynamic HSE also brings Matrix LED headlights, ‘Windsor’ leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats and sliding/reclining rear seats.

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 extra, and if you want Premium Metallic, even more so. 

A 360-degree camera can be added to any trim for just under £600. The Meridian stereo system that's standard for HSE versions is an over-£600 option elsewhere.

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Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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