In five-seat mode there’s plenty of space for adults to get comfy and loads of room in the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s boot. Sadly, the sixth and seventh seats are only really suitable for kids
The Land Rover Discovery Sport is a comfortable car to travel in, especially with only five seats in use. Passengers jammed in the two tiny rear-most seats on seven-seater models, however, won’t be so pleased – they’re best left for small children. You’ll need to squeeze yourself into the sixth and seventh seats too, but you can free up a little extra legroom by sliding the middle row forwards.
Front-seat passengers have lots of headroom and it’s easy to get a comfortable driving position thanks to a fully adjustable steering wheel and a standard-fit armrest that’s perfectly placed for your elbow. It’s worth noting that part-leather seats are standard on all versions of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, and HSE versions and above get full leather.
Passengers in the middle row of seats can slide backwards and forwards to improve either their legroom or that of the people in the very back row. You can also recline the middle seats for more comfort and can comfortably carry three people side-by-side because there’s not much of a hump in the floor, permitting enough room for everyone’s feet – although the five-seat-only Ford Edge is roomier if you regularly carry three in the back.
Fitting a child seat is easy thanks to wide-opening rear doors and the fact you don’t have to stoop to fit the seat, unlike lower hatchbacks or saloons. There’s a clearly marked tether on each of the outer-middle-row seats, but it’s easy to lose the removable plastic covers that hide the Isofix child-seat anchor points.
There’s a vast door bin in each of the Land Rover Discovery Sport‘s four doors, and each is big enough to fit a two-litre bottle of water. There’s also a sizeable glovebox and even a handy storage shelf above it.
Each passenger gets their own cupholder and you can remove the one in the centre armrest to create even more storage space. There’s even enough room for a few snacks in a tray built into the rear centre armrest, and all three rows of seats feature an array of 12-volt sockets and USB outputs so your passengers can charge their mobile devices instead of talking to each other – heaven forbid!
You'll have to fold the Discovery Sport's seats down manually but with them out of the way there's room in the boot for a pair of mountain bikes
In seven-seat models with all seats up, the Land Rover Discovery Sport‘s 194-litre boot is only big enough to carry a modest weekly shop. Fold the two rear seats down and the 981-litre space (measured to the roof – most other car manufacturers measure to the parcel shelf) is big enough to fit several large suitcases. If you fold the middle row of seats down, you’re left with a 1,698-litre space that’s easily big enough to fit a bicycle without removing any wheels.
The boot also has some tethering points to tie down loads and it’s a nice square shape with a low loading lip, so it’s easy to lift luggage into – or for dogs to jump into the back of.
Be aware that five-seat versions of the Land Rover Discovery Sport offer a little extra underfloor storage in the boot. Seven-seat models use this space to house the sixth and seventh seats when folded but still offer plenty of storage room. Folding the seats is manual, unlike the electrically powered system in the larger Discovery, but the simple pull straps behind the seats are fairly easy to operate.