The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport offers famous off-road capability in a compact crossover body. It’s practical and comfortable, too. The desirability of seven seats without having to go for a daggy people mover may also steer some into the decision. Discovery Sports is unique in its segment, as the only offering in the medium luxury SUV class to offer seven seats.
The latest Discovery Sport gets new headlights and taillights. New wheel designs echo the elegance of the Range Rover line. Under the hood, a new mild-hybrid powertrain is available in place of the standard turbo-4 for the priciest models. A 10-inch touchscreen is now standard, though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The Discovery Sport is intended to be Land Rover’s volume product, so the design team has brought a bit of urban elegance to a famously blocky product. We think the decision was a good one: unlike the LR2 that preceded it, the Discovery Sport has a look that comes off as pleasantly upscale but without any sacrifice of traditional design cues.
Simplicity is the keynote of the Discovery Sport’s interior. The layout is slick, understated, and tech-heavy. New for 2020 is a standard 10-inch touchscreen, which includes navigation in all but the base model. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on R-Dynamic models. There’s 34.6 cubic feet behind the second row, which expands to 62.8 cubes when the back seat is folded down. Get the third row and there’s just 6.8 cubic feet available when all the rows are in their upright positions.
The Discovery Sport is a compact but tall crossover. That doesn’t usually bode well for driving dynamics, but this baby Land Rover does a good job planting itself through corners. There’s no tipsy sensation even if you try to hustle it through some corners. For 2020 there’s additional standard off-roading equipment, such as multiple terrain modes for different conditions like mud, snow, and sand. 2.0-liter turbo-4. It makes 246 horsepower in most trims, which is enough to shuffle around this SUV with adequate haste.
The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a good crossover vehicle with SUV talents off-road. The Land Rover Discovery is well up to the task of lugging about a family of four and a whole lot of luggage but you also get a pair of bonus extra seats that are perfect for kids.