You literally walk into the Discovery Sport. And once in, you’re welcomed by rich and exquisitely crafted cabin materials that are bound together by wooden inserts, sporty red stitching, magnificently brushed-silver finish, and gorgeous piano black trim. I couldn’t find a single touch-point that wasn’t intricately draped in soft touch materials. You simply find yourself ogling at the pristine double-layered dash with the vents running in between, and on to the clean instrument cluster display. One that’s so easy to read on the go, with loads of information available via toggling the large buttons on the steering wheel.
What’s convenient, is that the controls on the dash are well spaced out which helps you function instantly. But the party trick is certainly the ‘smart rear view mirror’ that transforms the inside rear view mirror into a video screen which displays what’s behind the vehicle. This ensures rear visibility is not compromised by any cabin obstructions whatsoever.
On to the front seats which are electrically operated with lumbar adjust and memory. They’re draped in leather, are immensely spacious, and the seat base has adequate thigh and lateral support. Likewise, the large backrest also boasts of ample lateral, lumbar, and shoulder support. There’s acres of shoulder room and head room too. What we didn’t like though, is the absence of height adjustable seat-belts, and the power window switches are simply too much of a stretch.
Storage is taken care of by the large door pads and the wireless charging station ahead of the gear shifter also doubles up as a cubby space. And then, the large armrest storage bin, a section of which has a lid and can hold two cups. Since it’s removable, one can rinse it if you spill your drink. This section also offers two USB ports, a micro sim-card port, and a power outlet.
As the second row slides back and forth, you will experience ample legroom and foot room. But thigh support is in short supply here. Now, although the rear seat contours are flatter in comparison, it still offers good support. Plus, occupants can adjust the backrest angle, enjoy acres of headroom and also seat three due to the adequate shoulder room. The only downside being the centre cushioning that feels raised and odd to sit on despite the short central-tunnel.
In terms of storage for the 2nd row, there’s an armrest with twin cup-holders with some slim stowage and more space inside the door pads and on the centre console below the twin air vents. Gaining access to the third row means flipping the second row (40:20:40) and slithering uncomfortably on to the rather compact twin-seats. They are perfect for children, and nothing more. Anyway, the occupant on the right will have to battle it out to set both feet down appropriately. And will eventually end up in an awkward leg position that’s dodging the floor-cup holder and the second row seat rails.
And once that’s done, they’ll have to live with a severely crouched position with zilch thigh support and head-rests that play foul with your upper back. The bright side nonetheless, is that there’s just the right headroom for me (at 5.5ft), there are three-point seat belts, it’s got ac-vents with controls, and there’s adequate shoulder room along with today’s necessities such as a power outlet and a USB port.
With the third row up though, there’s boot space only for two slim laptop bags at most. But folding it liberates space for at-least three medium-sized suitcases, some bags, and the shopping regulars. Like you guessed, space swells considerably when you drop the second row. You may also want to know that one might also need to lift their luggage items considerably off the ground to load them into the boot enclosure.