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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Staying true to the brand's heritage of making luxurious yet capable SUVs, the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport blends elegant styling and upscale materials. Still, it's made to stand up to abuse from off-roading adventures, so it feels a bit more conservative and utilitarian than you might expect in a luxury compact SUV.

The first- and second-row seats are roomy and comfortable, and they offer an excellent view of the road ahead. While the Discovery Sport is the only SUV in the class that offers a third row, this space has barely enough room for kids, so you may want to shop for a larger SUV if a third row is something you need to use frequently. The infotainment system is mostly easy to use, though you may find it isn't always responsive to inputs. Few competitors offer as much cargo space as the Discovery Sport.

  • "With an interior bristling with pragmatic style, the Discovery Sport's inside offers the same blend of off-road utility and luxury-brand plushness the rest of the SUV delivers. The efficient, blocky theme feels right in line with off-road adventuring, but the deep-dish seating, 8-way-power front seats, and leather upholstery (leather and cloth on SE versions) remind you this is a luxury SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • While we like the elegance of the materials, some might find the Disco Sport's interior just a bit too simple." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "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)

Seating

Partial leather upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard in the five-seat 2017 Discovery Sport. Upgraded leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are optional. A third row that boosts seating capacity to seven is available.

The driver and front passenger will be able to get comfortable in the well-cushioned and roomy seats. Visibility from the driver's seat is good to the front and sides, but small side windows in the back make for large blind spots. The second row is mounted higher off the floor than the front seats, so back-seat passengers have an excellent view out. The second row can slide fore and aft or recline to keep even tall passengers comfortable. The optional third row is unusual for the class, but it's only big enough for small children. The cabin is nicely insulated from outside noises, so it's easy to chat with other occupants.

  • "The raised 2nd-row seats -- ah, stadium seating! -- slide and recline, and will easily accommodate 6-foot-4 occupants, and the smart interior packaging gives it more usable cargo space than its larger BMW X3 and Audi Q5 rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Chicago Tribune (2016)
  • The second row offers decent legroom with the movable 60/40-split bench that both reclines (which is common) and slides fore and aft (which is rare). The seat is mounted 2 inches higher than the front seats to provide a better view for its occupants. The available third row is a tight fit for all but limber youngsters, leading us to suggest you look elsewhere if you plan on hauling seven passengers on a regular basis." -- Edmunds (2016)

Interior Features

The Discovery Sport comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touch screen, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and the InControl Remote smartphone app.

Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, an 11- or 16-speaker Meridian audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, an upgraded 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a proximity key, a head-up display, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, a traffic sign recognition system, active park assist, active lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

The standard 8-inch infotainment system has an intuitive menu structure and recognizes gestures similar to a smartphone, including pinching and swiping. The graphics are sharp and clear, but some responses to inputs are delayed. It can be tough to reach some of the physical controls, too. Opting for the larger 10.2-inch touch screen removes the physical buttons, so all settings and features are controlled on the screen.

Using the InControl Remote app on your phone, you can remotely start, lock, unlock, and locate your Discovery Sport. The optional Wi-Fi hot spot will let the whole family stay connected, and everyone's mobile devices will stay charged thanks to the many USB ports spread throughout the cabin.

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  • The large 8-inch touchscreen mounted in the center of the dash offers a much-improved interface that uses smartphone-like gestures to control climate, audio, phone and (optional) navigation functions, as well as to access available apps including iHeartRadio, Stitcher and more. It works well, but it can be too much of a reach at times, especially the accompanying physical buttons on its right side." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "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)
  • 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)

Cargo

Whether you have the second-row seats up or down, the Discovery Sport has more cargo room than nearly every luxury compact SUV rival. There's 32.7 cubic feet behind the second-row seats and 60 cubic feet with the seats folded. No competitor can match the room behind the Discovery Sport's rear seats, but the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3 have more overall cargo space. If you buy a Discovery Sport with the optional third row, you'll have barely any room for shopping bags or luggage behind those seats.

The Discovery Sport's square body styling gives it a wide and tall cargo area that makes it easy to load your items, no matter their shape. Some models come with a hands-free power liftgate that opens when you wave your foot under the rear bumper.

  • "Speaking of hauling, fold down all the rear seats and you have a cargo hold with 60 cubic feet of space. Numerically, this is an average amount for a compact luxury crossover, but the Disco Sport's boxy shape makes the most of it. Although this SUV has 'Sport' in its name, its utility is actually more appealing." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "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)
  • 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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