Land Rover Discovery Sport interior
The Land Rover Discovery Sport’s interior comes with a simple, logical design but the quality of the materials used is a bit hit and miss
This is probably the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s weakest area – especially considering the quality of the interiors in the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC. The design is pretty straightforward – it’s dominated by simple square shapes, an upright centre console and a small, infotainment screen with unimpressive graphics. Although the switches appear rugged enough, they don’t all fit as well as you’d like – automatic cars have a big round knob to change gears, and it wobbles about a bit in your hand when you use it.
Material quality is also fairly disappointing – much of the cabin is trimmed in dull grey plastic with just a few token bits of leather to smarten things up. Some plastics lower down in the cabin feel especially cheap, and are worlds away from the sturdier materials used in Audi and Mercedes models.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport‘s speedo and rev counter dials are easy to read, but they feel old fashioned compared to the crystal-clear digital dashboard screen you get in the Audi Q5. Visibility out the front is good and it’s easy to see over other cars in a queue of traffic. This also makes it easy to drive confidently through town, but the small rear window and massive rear blind spots mean you’ll be relying on your parking sensors during tight manoeuvres.
The upgraded InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is a must-have for every Discovery Sport – it feels modern but lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
All Land Rover Discovery Sports get an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It isn’t especially good, however – it has blocky graphics, is slow to respond to inputs and generally isn’t as user-friendly as Audi or BMW systems.
The basic infotainment system on SE models doesn’t feature satellite navigation as standard although SE Tech versions and above all include it. The sat-nav doesn’t always pick the best routes, though, occasionally seeming to aim for the nearest bottleneck.
All models get Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital radio, but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone mirroring systems as standard. You do get the option to add Land Rover’s InControl Apps, which let you monitor the car’s fuel levels and control some basic functions from your smartphone, however.
You should definitely consider spending extra on the optional entertainment pack – this gives you the upgraded 10-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. As well as looking far more modern and responding quicker to touches than the standard system, this adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also includes an upgraded 825w 16-speaker Meridian stereo which sounds brilliant. Despite this, Audi’s MMI system is still better in everyday use.