Car Review: 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport is the compact luxury SUV that’s happy on and off the road

The Land Rover brand is known for making luxurious and off-road capable SUVs, and the Land Rover Discovery Sport is one of the bestsellers for the automaker.

While its more capable than other smaller SUVs it competes against, in past the interior seemed to be a step or two behind. Now, enter the upscale makeover for the refreshed 2020 Discovery Sport.

Its modern, clean and shares the look of the pricey Range Rover. The instrument panel is now digital, gauges and the large 10-inch touch screen are better responding.

The style of the cabin is improved, with better looking and feeling materials. Space is also a welcome feature of the Discovery Sport; both front and rear seat riders have good space for a compact luxury SUV.

The exterior also sees a more modern makeover. Again, it looks more like the swanky Range Rover — just smaller and for a lot less money.

I drove the R-Dynamic SE trim level that adds a sportier look. A special body kit and 19-inch wheels add a bit of brawn and curb appeal. I like the black roof and blacked-out trim with the red paint.

Its a nice combo and worth the money for me.

Cost: $46,150; as tested $54,035
MPG: 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway; I managed 20.8 mpg in 276 miles of mixed driving.
Safety: In-Control Protect; emergency braking with assist; blind spot assist; ClearSight rearview mirror; driver condition monitor; head-up display; lane keep assist; traffic sign recognition; rear view camera and adaptive speed limiter
Options: $1,240 dynamic handling pack; $1,100 technology pack; $1.280 fixed panoramic roof; $800 Meridian surround sound system; $610 Firenze red; $600 black exterior pack; $550 keyless entry; $400 black contrast roof; $300 click & go integrated base unit
Things to know: The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport is a better compact SUV with improved interior and a new look outside. This compact Ute can even be equipped with a third row of seats for a total of seven passengers.

• Redesigned exterior shares more style with other Range Rover models
• An interior that sees a big upgrade in materials and design
• More off-road capable; also translates into sure-footed, on-road feel

• Feels like it could use a few more ponies under the with base engine
• Pricey panoramic roof doesn’t open
• Fuel economy is a little less than the competition

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