While the full-size Land Rover Discovery is as capable off road as it is comfortable and practical on it, it’s always been an expensive choice. However, this smaller Land Rover Discovery Sport is designed to bring similar qualities to a wider audience.
A replacement for the Freelander, which was discontinued in 2014, it’s based on the Range Rover Evoque, but is much more family friendly.
The cheapest and most efficient Discovery Sport comes with a 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine. It’s badged E-Capability and has four-wheel drive, but you can’t have an automatic gearbox or seven seats – even if you’re prepared to pay extra.
Even very tall drivers will be able to get comfortable in the Discovery Sport. There’s plenty of leg room and head room is among the best in the class – provided you don’t add the panoramic glass roof, which cuts into this a little.
With the middle-row seats slid back as far as possible, anyone sitting on them is treated to masses of leg room. True, if you slide them all the way forwards, taller adults will find their knees pressed against the front seatbacks, but you won’t need to do this very often.
A boot lip that’s flush with the boot floor makes it easy to lug heavy items into the back of the Land Rover Discovery Sport. With the third row of seats folded down, or in five-seat versions, the boot is larger than most of its similarly sized rivals’. There’s no underfloor storage, however, and there’s nowhere to stow the tonneau cover if you need to remove it, which you must to raise the sixth and seventh seats.
Overall,the Land Rover Discovery Sport is a cleverly packaged SUV that’s practical, comfortable and good to drive.
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