Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV - Practicality & boot space

The Land Rover Discovery Sport squeezes seven seats into a compact space, but there's still plenty of room

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With seven seats as standard across a majority of the model range – even if the third row is only really suitable for kids – the Land Rover Discovery Sport has the jump on the old Freelander, as well as many of its current rivals.

Land Rover Discovery Sport interior space & storage

The Discovery Sport makes excellent use of its relatively compact dimensions – it's about the same length and width as a Skoda Octavia.  It’s easy to get comfortable, as the driver's seat adjusts for height and the steering wheel adjusts up and down as well as in and out.

The seats are comfortable and provide plenty of support, with up to a metre of legroom available in the second row, which can be slid back and forth to prioritise passenger or boot space as necessary.

This helps with space in the third row, with the second row sliding forward to give more space to the rearmost passengers. But even with this adjustment, the back row is really only suitable for adults on shorter journeys.

For buyers wanting a Discovery Sport with seven seats, we’d recommend avoiding the two-wheel drive D150 model. It comes with five seats as standard and upgrading to seven costs £1,000 extra as an option.

Land Rover has also fitted USB and 12-volt charge points in every row of seating, as well as heating and ventilation controls front to back.

The rear doors open to almost 90 degrees, so climbing in is easy, while the second row of seats folds to allow access to the third row. However, if you're planning on using the third row of seats frequently, fully-fledged seven seat SUVs such as the Skoda Kodiaq or Kia Sorento might be more suitable.

There are plenty of useful storage spaces in reach of passengers, along with numerous cup-holders and USB ports for all three rows. The door pockets are deep, there's a large tray in front of the front-seat passenger and a storage box with a lid between the front seats. The glovebox can hold a 1.5-litre bottle of water.

Boot space

The boot measures 754 litres with the third row of seats folded, but with all seven seats in place this shrinks to 157 litres, which is, only really enough room for a couple of squashy bags. With all the seats folded, the boot space grows to 1,794 litres. Unfortunately, the space taken by the electric motor and battery fitted in the plug-in hybrid P300e means it's only available as a five-seater.

The two seats in the rear fold out individually in a single movement when you pull a sturdy fabric strap, making them easy to get into place. When folded, they fit flush with the floor to create a level surface. There’s no boot lip to lift luggage over, either, although you still have to lift luggage high due to the Discovery Sport's tall stance.

The boot is well thought-out, with few intrusions to get in the way of bulky cargo. While there’s no underfloor storage, you can specify a system of adjustable rails to hold luggage in place, while a number of handy hooks, a 12v power socket and USB chargers are fitted to all models.

Towing

There’s little the Land Rover Discovery Sport can’t tow, with a maximum capacity of up to 2,500kg. The manual models can pull 1,800kg, while both petrol engines can haul 2,000kg. This increases to between 2,200 and 2,500kg for the D180 and D240 models depending on the number of seats fitted. Trailer Stability Assist is standard on all models, making hauling loads that little bit safer.

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