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2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The Land Rover Discovery Sport features top-quality materials throughout an elegant interior, according to some automotive writers. Others think that the interior gives off a more rugged feel and has some lower-quality materials. Testers say the front seats are comfortable and the second-row seats provide good legroom, adding that the optional third row is too cramped for adults. Critics appreciate the presence of easily-reachable physical buttons in addition to the Discovery Sport's touch screen, which they say is functional but surpassed by some rival systems. The 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport has above-average cargo capacity for the class.

  • "The sophisticated interior features quality materials with numerous padded surfaces, lots of storage space, easy-to-use controls, and a rotary shifter." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Discovery Sport has standard seating for five, but an available third row boosts capacity to seven. It comes standard with partial leather upholstery, sliding and reclining second-row seats and power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available.

Test drivers report that the front seats are spacious and comfortable. They add that the second row offers enough legroom to remain comfortable on longer trips, and they appreciate the versatility afforded by the seats’ sliding functions. Most agree that the optional third row is only suitable for children. Critics note that forward visibility is excellent and that the cabin is quiet.

  • "The front seats are roomy and comfortable, and the second row is quite versatile. It slides forward and aft up to 6.3 inches, enabling plenty of legroom, and the seatbacks recline to improve comfort. The available third row is nice for bragging rights, but it's just for small kids." -- The Chicago Tribune
  • "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 (2015)
  • "On paved roads, the cabin is seriously quiet, especially impressive considering that our test car rolled on studded winter tires." -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • "'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." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Discovery Sport include push-button start, four USB ports, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera and InControl Remote, which allows you to lock or unlock the doors, remotely start the vehicle and preheat or precool the cabin from your smartphone. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 11-speaker audio system, navigation, rear parking sensors, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic parallel and perpendicular park assist and traffic sign recognition.

Dashboard controls are easy to reach and understand, according to critics, and they appreciate the presence of physical buttons in addition to the touch screen. They add that the touch screen has a straightforward interface and decent graphics, although some still prefer rivals' infotainment systems. Some appreciate the system's responsiveness, but others argue that it responds slowly.

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  • "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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Discovery Sport has 32.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 66.9 cubic feet with them folded down. Both estimates are above average for the class. A power liftgate is available. Auto journalists say that the Discovery Sport has a useful amount of cargo space and that the wide rear opening makes loading items easy. Some note that cargo space behind the available third row is very limited.

  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)

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