Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 SE (5+2 Seats) (Adventure Pack) Review

11 Jul 2018

And in keeping things elegantly designed, the air-conditioning controls carry their thermostat and fan displays within the knobs

It seems like an increasing number of manufacturers have come about to realise that adding an extra pair of seats to a car that has a “behind” adds to its value proposition. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is no exception.

Now available with their new award-winning Ingenium 2.0 turbocharged petrol engine, which we feel is so suited for our driving conditions in Singapore, the Discovery Sport also takes the place of Range Rover’s Freelander, which the company retired from their range.

Like its larger full 7-seater sibling, the Discovery Sport carries the same rugged styling, and features the same distinctive forward-sloping ‘C’ pillar and purposeful chunkiness.  Stylish ring-style daytime running lights are split into four segments to represent points in the compass. Its aggressive front-end styling, together with its high waistline bellows the Disco’s off-roading intentions, while plastic guards which surround the base of the car, provides some serious protection from any scuffing you may receive in the course of navigating rougher terrain.


Ruggedness aside, the interior does come across as expensive-looking, though we feel that there is a little too much black plastic going on. Also, you may not find that wonderful open pore wooden inserts found in its larger 7-seater sibling. There is however lots of lovely leather, which is can be found on the dash panel and door cards. Our test SE trim car utilises the standard 8” touchscreen which features physical menu buttons flanking the display. Bluetooth connectivity is standard, and allows for up to two devices to be connected.

And in keeping things elegantly designed, the air-conditioning controls carry their thermostat and fan displays within the knobs, a little exploring into its controls, and you will realise that while the system seems to give you the option to adjust the seat cooling function, the actual cooling does not exist. Power window switches are awkwardly placed on the top end of the door card, which might not be the best idea in sunny Singapore. There is plenty of glass all around, which is an advantage to the driver, providing very good visibility.

Front and mid-row passenger comfort is excellent, with very good shoulder room. And the backs of the front seats are slightly contoured, to offer passengers behind that little more crucial knee room. There are also two USB charging points and a 12V socket at the middle row for charging mobile devices, or for plugging in that extra ice box for longer journeys.

The additional last row of seats are intended for +2 style seating, unlike its 7-seater sibling which is built to provide all the legroom you need. Adult passengers will find it a squeeze with the lack of leg and knee room, and at best, would be more suited for kids, or short distances. Fortunately, the middle row has been designed to slide up to a good 160mm forward to provide up to 999mm of legroom... a bit of a balancing act, between middle row and rear passengers to find the best of compromises. But we must stress that Land Rover did not simply slap on a last row of seats as an afterthought, as even rear passengers have their own air-conditioning blowers with a fan speed adjustment knob.

But with that said, the rear row stows flat, leaving the Disco with anywhere between 813 to 981 litres of cargo space without the last row deployed. Cargo volume can be increased to a maximum of 1,777 litres with the folding of the middle row.

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