While the Discovery Sport isn’t intended for heavy-duty boulder bashing, it’s far more comfortable in the wild than key competitors. All-wheel drive comes standard, of course, along with Land Rover’s advanced Terrain Response system, which optimizes vehicle performance for different driver-selected surface characteristics.
As expected, the standard cabin seats five, but you can order up a third row for seven-passenger seating, a rarity in this class. Cargo space is average at 60 cubic feet, but feels like more thanks to the Sport’s efficiently boxy rear.
Every model gets a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is also standard. The Discovery Sport can pull loads up to 4,400 pounds, well above average for a crossover of this size.
Comes fully equipped with power front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, heated power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers and headlights, and Bluetooth phone. The optional Convenience package adds a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and keyless ignition and access. There’s also a Vision Assist package with xenon headlamps, LED running lights, and front foglamps. Navigation and satellite radio are available as standalone options. The SE rolls on 18-inch alloy wheels. Plus it gets full leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, a fixed glass roof, 19-inch wheels, driver memory, and additional front seat adjustments. The Audio Upgrade package adds an 11-speaker sound system with HD radio.