The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Ticks a lot of boxes!

The Pros

Smart /appealing design

Spacious cabin

Good head /legroom in the 2nd row

Practical boot

Cons

Questionable 7 seater

Lacks storage in 2nd row

Intro

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a practical and spacious family SUV.  The Sport is the smaller version of its big brother, the Discovery with lots of similar features. Although we thought the exterior clean design was very close to the Range Rover Evoque. This is a good fun and effortless SUV to drive. Great for both in and out of town. Capable of towing a horse box or a caravan.  We drove the diesel model which is good on performance and fuel economy. Along with 2 petrol engine options there is a Plugin Hybrid model which can achieve up to 37 electric miles.  Rivals in this category include the Audi Q5, Volvo XC60 and Skoda Kodiaq.

Entry level comes in Fuji White and there are plenty of fab colours to choose from and this upgrade costs from £705.

Climbing into the seats we immediately noticed how high we could sit which gave us a great view over the road ahead.  Brilliant if you are on the shorter side. There is plenty of functionality to move your seat into the perfect spot and even those with long legs would be comfortable on a long drive.

This is a mid-sized SUV and we found it really easy (relaxing!) to drive. A great turning circle made a tight parking space a doddle…. plus, there is the option to upgrade and have all the whistles and bells for parking.  This includes 360-degree camera and ‘steer into space’ which does it for you…. although it’s not easy to trust the tech when a mistake could leave you very red faced!

Interior

The interior is minimalist and finished to a high standard.  We really liked the layout and it was visually pleasing on the eye and nothing was over complicated.

There is a 10-inch infotainment screen at perfect height, situated just to the left of the steering wheel, which makes easy access when driving safely.  Land Rover use Pivi Pro system which is fast and integrates smartphone functionality (advanced navigation, apple car play / android auto, remote app access are just some of the features).  As always Claire and I had a good play around to make sure the important things were there… music and quick access to maps! Below the screen the climate is controlled by two large interactive dials.

The 12.3-inch digital driver’s display is clear and crisp and also alerts the driver if a passenger has not clipped their buckle in.  A common occurrence in both the Kate and Claire households.

Land Rover also have Clearsight rear view mirror which is fun to play with.  If your boot is overloaded with dogs and bags or you have a taller middle passenger obstructing your view then just flick the switch under the rear-view mirror… and voila you have perfect sight of everything which you would see through your back window. Genius!

Seats & Passenger Space

Land Rover have done a good job with the seating.  We found that both leg and headroom in the front and rear was very good.  The interior feels quite spacious.  Entry level comes in Ebony fabric and for just over £2000 you can upgrade to the more family practical duo leather seat (Duo leather is however standard in the R-Dynamic lines).

Even in the entry models there are 8 way heated front seats which can be adjusted to go super high which we loved.

We both hopped in the back and gave the thumbs up.  There is also a slide and tilt option on the rear seats.  However, if you are using car seats then there is no gain by having this. Larger passengers will be happy that there is not big central hump (transmission tunnel) on the floor. The endless fights of who sits in the middle are no more!  2 Isofix points can be found on the outer seats and a third on the front passenger seat.  We were able to squeeze in a small booster (39.5cm width) between two car seats. Great when you are carrying a smaller crowd. Another plus was that the rear doors open to a wide angle which helps if you are trying to get little ones in and out of their car seats.

For £1020 (£1270 package) you can add a third row on the non-hybrid models.  We are both often taxiing around a wealth of children and this could possibly be an option for a 7-seater.  However, we both agreed it would really have to be occasional and short journeys.  With 7 seats up there is no boot space (school bags, sports kits etc would have to go on laps… dog would be left behind).  The third row is a squash and a squeeze and it would be worth trying out the space before considering this option

Cups & Cubby

More thought is given to the front rather than the rear and this is often the case with car interiors. The door bins are able hold a large water bottle along with a wallet and bits and bobs.  Under the climate control dials there is a neat space for wireless charging along with a USB port.  In the centre console there are two cup holders which can be removed to either clean or make more storage space… although surely coffee takes priority over anything else. There is a further space under the middle arm rest to pop your sunglasses or valuables out of sight plus a further USB A and C port. The glovebox literally fits in gloves…and a manual!

The diesel model we drove had leather pockets on the rear of the front seats.  Unfortunately, their only use would be to hold an iPad or tablet (without a heavy-duty kid’s protective case).

The car door bins are fairly deep, but again lacked width so that even a standard metal water bottle had to be wedged in. There are air vents in the middle and only a 12v socket.  Therefore, you would either need to upgrade to have USB ports in the back or simply buy an adaptor.  We feel that a USB port in the rear is a must with all family cars.  For sanity if nothing else!

The middle arm rest, when pulled down, houses two good cup holders.  Obviously if you have large car seats in the rear then the armrest will stay up.

Boot Space

We can tell you that the boot space and shape is really good.  Unfortunately, Land Rover give the boot capacity stat measurement from floor to roof which is 840 litres.  Whereas nearly all other rivals give a standard measurement from floor to load cover (parcel shelf) and therefore we cannot compare properly.

The electric powered tailgate button is a £425 upgrade on the standard model and it really is a bit of a game changer. Once you have one you never go back!  Trying to balance bags, rubbish from the car and maybe a small child you have to be a contortionist to close a boot with your hand!

There is the favoured rotary parcel shelf which speedily rolls back if you need to fill you boot with bags or your dogs.

Summary

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is definitely worth a test drive albeit that it is a more expensive SUV. It certainly has appeal to fit a range of family dynamics.

** Boosters used in this review: Cozynsafe Tambu (width 45cm), Halfords Essential (width 39.5cm), Graco Basic (width 53.7cm) – dimensions from widest part of booster

Starting Price (Diesel)                            : £34,480

Starting Price (Plug-in hybrid)               : £51,110

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4597(L) x 2069 (W) x 1727 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

840 litres (5 seat) to the roof

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

108 cm (back of bench)

128 cm (front of bench)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

32.1-47.8 (Diesel)

24.8-30.8 (Petrol)

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph 9.8 sec (Diesel)

0-60 mph 7.3 (Petrol)