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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

Overall, test drivers agree that the 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport’s cabin feels upscale, yet somewhat rugged. A few point out that while interior materials are of good quality, they aren’t outstanding. There’s plenty of room for adults in the first two rows, test drivers say. They also report that the Discovery Sport’s cabin is particularly quiet and forward visibility is good. According to reviewers, the Discovery Sport’s touch-screen infotainment system has a crisp display and is easier to use than systems in older Land Rover models. The Discovery Sport has one of the largest cargo capacities in the class.

  • "The interior design is the type that manages to look like as though it belongs in a true luxury vehicle but is one that you wouldn't hesitate to get dirty, if you actually needed to." -- Left Lane News
  • "The new Discovery Sport interior bristles with pragmatic style. Its efficient, blocky theme feels like comfort food to anyone with a sense of adventure, while the deep-dish seating, 8-way power front seats, and leather upholstery (leather and cloth on SE versions) are constant reminders that you're on a luxury-SUV safari." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The sophisticated interior features quality materials with numerous padded surfaces, lots of storage space, easy-to-use controls, and a rotary shifter." -- Consumer Guide
  • The interior design is functional. Composed of mostly leather and soft plastic with controls that feel medium-quality, it's not a game-changer." -- Motor Trend
  • While the overall interior is nice, there are a few places where the look isn't quite as elegant as the exterior. This is the same story with the Mercedes-Benz GLK and the BMW X3, so it's only fair to acknowledge that Land Rover is trying to hit a price point that's competitive and comes in below that of the Evoque." -- AutoTrader

Seating

The new Land Rover Discovery Sport seats five, and an optional third row boosts capacity to seven. Cloth seats are standard. Leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and sliding second-row seats are available. According to reviewers, the 2015 Discovery Sport has great head- and legroom for adults in the first two rows. They also like the versatility of the available sliding second row for maximizing passenger legroom or cargo space. They add that there’s sufficient room for a couple of kids in the available third row. Test drivers agree that the Discovery Sport’s cabin is exceptionally quiet, and forward visibility from the front row is very good.

  • "On a 2-hour trip to Iceland's Great Geysir, there was plenty of legroom for rear-seat occupants even though those in the front were adults." -- AutoTrader
  • "On paved roads, the cabin is seriously quiet, especially impressive considering that our test car rolled on studded winter tires." -- Car and Driver
  • "'Little' deserves an asterisk nuzzled up against it. Despite being some two inches shorter than the Audi Q5 (arguably its chief rival), the Discovery Sport is a tremendously efficient bit of packaging. It's not just more accommodating in terms of seating and cargo room for five; it also offers an optional (very) occasional-use third row, a novelty in this class. The second row slides, and with the rear seats folded, the cargo hold can swallow up to 60 cubic feet of stuff, which is more than rivals." -- Autoblog
  • "Minimal wind noise and well-controlled road noise make it easy to have a conversation even with 2nd-row passengers. Outward vision ranges from excellent out the front to letterbox-thin out the back." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • It may offer a third row, but even Land Rover notes that it's only big enough for children." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport include Bluetooth, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a pedestrian protection system and automatic emergency braking. Options include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a 17-speaker Meridian sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, two USB ports, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, parallel park assist and navigation.

Test drivers agree that the 2015 Discovery Sport’s touch-screen infotainment system is a vast improvement over those used in older Land Rover models. They like its crisp display and say the system is easy to use. While some reviewers report the system can be slow to respond to inputs, others think it’s quick.

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  • "An all-new infotainment system banishes the previous Jaguar/Land Rover screen to the cave of obsolescence. It positions four main icons for navigation, audio, phone, and climate in the screen's easy-to-reach center." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The new InControl system uses an 8.0-inch touch screen that looks sharp, with more color and crisper graphics than the current offering. However, all it takes is a few taps to the screen to realize that the underlying software is still slow to react and occasionally unresponsive altogether." -- Car and Driver
  • "Controls are not only easy to reach but also easier than many found in the premium class to decipher, with a combination of honest-to-goodness buttons and knobs supplementing an 8-inch touchscreen for infotainment adjustments." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In most models Land Rover's ancient infotainment system has also been updated with a touchscreen that now responds in an appropriate time scale and looks like a product of the modern age." -- Edmunds
  • The new eight-inch touchscreen-based navigation and audio system is a solid leap ahead of the company's (admittedly terrible) last-generation solution, and it includes better graphics to go with its tablet-like gesture controls. It's still far from our favorite setup, but at least it offers smartphone app integration through its new InControl suite and available wifi." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport has 32.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 66.9 cubic feet of space with the second and optional third rows folded. The Discovery Sport has more cargo space than most rivals. However, some critics say there is very little room behind the third row. A few reviewers point out that the Discovery Sport’s cargo hold has a wide opening, making it easy to load and unload items.

  • "Despite being shorter than its BMW X3 and Audi Q5 rivals, the 2015 Discovery Sport's smart interior packaging gives it significantly more usable cargo space and a wide opening for easy loading/unloading." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The second row slides, and with the rear seats folded, the cargo hold can swallow up to 60 cubic feet of stuff, which is more than rivals." -- Autoblog
  • Note that while there's normally decent cargo space behind the 2nd-row seat, there's barely enough room for a few grocery bags behind a deployed 3rd-row seat." -- Consumer Guide

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