perhaps a little less cushion but kinder to more ample bottoms. ...
What’s it like to live with
The Discovery Sport HSE Lux is equipped with keyless start/stop which operates via a button on the dashboard next to the steering wheel, this extends to keyless entry/locking and there is the option of a gesture boot opener, otherwise it electrically opens and shuts via the key fob, button on the boot or button on the dashboard.
Getting in and out is very easy, as the doors open wide for both front and rear seat passengers, the cills are low and although you step up slightly into the Discovery Sport there is no need for side steps.
Finding the ideal driving position is easy via the 10-way electric driver's seat, the front passenger’s seat is also powered, with three memory slots on each seat. The steering column adjusts for rake and reach but isn’t powered as it is on the slightly cheaper Jaguar F-Pace. The internal rear view mirror automatically dims at night, which does not extend to the side mirrors as it did on the F-Pace we were testing the previous week.
The seats are arguably more comfortable on the Discovery Sport than the F-Pace, perhaps a little less cushion but kinder to more ample bottoms.
All round vision is very good and it is an easy car to park, there is a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and this model features autonomous parking, both into parallel and perpendicular spaces – it will also get you out of a parallel parking space. On the two or three occasions we used the system it worked although I am sure it would have been quicker to park it ourselves.
The Discovery Sport has a footprint of 4,599mm (l) x 2,173mm (w) x 1,724mm (h).
On this model, there are electrically adjustable door mirrors, dual zone climate control and all round one shot up/down electric windows. There are automatic wipers and full xenon headlights (with directional beam) there is also full beam assist which makes a reasonable job of automatically flipping between full and dipped beam. Apologies to on coming driver’s where we made the mistake of trusting it to come off full beam when it didn’t – it can be disabled and this is probably the best thing to do.
Although based on the underpinnings of the Range Rover Evoque the Discovery Sport offers more internal space, with the offering of 5+2 seating. Two occasional seats sit under the boot floor, which unfortunately takes up some of the boot height in our opinion the obsession with seating seven compromises the ability to take for example taller dogs easily in the boot – ideally there would be a five seat option with the taller boot.