Every review you read about the Discovery Sport is sure to mention the fact that it has seven seats. This is one of its clearest USPs when compared to premium rivals in the junior SUV class.
The big full-fat Discovery had been doing an excellent job of carrying seven bodies for more than a decade before the Sport came along. But how well does it actually work when you’re trying to use three rows of seats in a much smaller vehicle?
To find out, we tracked down a family of five and invited them to join us for a drive. So we have three adults, some of them quite generously tall, and three kids.
And what did we do? We chased the biggest of the adults into the third row. These are the things that happen when you’re a dad with young children.
Rather than suffering for his offspring’s entertainment, however, Dad found that his six-foot frame was perfectly well accommodated. They did have a good laugh while watching him trying to get there in the first place, but after that the amusement came from another source – a second row that slides back and forth, as well as reclining.
‘It’s not a toy’ is a phrase every parent finds themselves uttering more frequently than they’d care to admit, but these seats are more than a novelty. Slid fully back, they provide stacks of legroom: pull them forward and the space behind is better than you’d ever expect.
That’s a good verdict on the Disco Sport in general, actually. Compared to the big, rugged Disco 4, this little Landy looks distinctly dinky. Yet when you get down to the business of putting people in it, its interior proves startlingly spacious. That USP is more than a gimmick.
Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE TD4 180 auto
Price as tested: £42,222