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While it's always great to hear about what exactly a vehicle excels at, also delving into what's bad about it and where improvements can be made are just as important. A lot of automotive publications got to drive the Discovery Sport and here you'll find some negatives they highlighted.

DO NOT Opt For The 7-Seater Option

Now don’t get me wrong, this is a great family car. It’s comfortable and spacious, particularly if you DO NOT opt for the 7-seater option as that will just eat into the generous cargo space and provides only occasional seating best left for children (if you want a 7-seater Land Rover go for the excellent LR4 instead).

Solid Interior Materials Won’t Impress

Solid interior materials won’t impress in the manner of top-shelf Range Rovers, but those can be twice the price. The fixed-glass roof option brings the outdoors in. Land Rover’s improved user interface is straightforward, though lethargic at times. The navigation system provides a “breadcrumb trail” for tracing your way back to civilization. There are storage hooks and nooks, including a small hiding spot under a front cup holder.


Jolt From Poor Road Surfaces Can Be Felt

The Discovery Sport borrows heavily from the Range Rover Evoque underneath, which is a good starting point. But the Sport uses a completely revised rear suspension system, primarily to increase interior space.

Although the firmness is evident at low speeds where the odd jolt from poor road surfaces can be felt, the sophisticated suspension smoothes out lumps in the road better at higher speeds. That makes it a relaxed motorway cruiser. Even so, there’s no option of the Evoque’s superb MagneRide suspension that constantly adapts to the road surface.

The Cabin Can Use Some Improvment

The cabin is one of the few areas that could use some improvement. The material quality is satisfactory, though the simple design does nothing for the space. We did, however, love the brown leather in our tester.

The location of the window controls, at the top of the door (as per Land Rover tradition) is awkward to reach and would be much more convenient elsewhere.

This Powertrain Begs For Its Own Retirement

It also shares the Evoque's laggy, boomy, Ford-sourced 2.0-liter, 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and recalcitrant, uncoordinated, frustrating ZF 9-speed automatic. The snow and low speeds still couldn't hide how badly this powertrain begs for its own retirement. Luckily, we expect Jaguar Land Rover's new Ingenium four-cylinder to appear in a few years—in both gasoline and diesel forms, the latter of which makes me go gooey inside.
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