There’s also very little body roll and a surprising amount of grip for what’s basically a tall SUV that weighs just shy of two tonnes. It even has a degree of throttle adjustability, should you choose to exploit it.
It’s a similar tale of good and not quite so good inside. There's lots of space for occupants and a big load bay, as well as cabin storage for cups and odds and ends.
As the driver, you are aware that you not only have good leg and headroom but also an unusual amount of elbow and shoulder room, too. The driving position is fine and the front seats supportive and well shaped. They’re quite hard, though; they could benefit from slightly softer cushions and possibly a bit more side support.
Anyone sitting in the second row of seats won’t lack space, either. There’s easily enough for two tall adults to sit behind two more, and another could be squeezed in the middle if needed.
Behind this, there’s foldaway seating for a further two passengers, but this space is best suited to kids. With the third-row seats folded away, there's 981 litres of cargo space if you slide the middle bench forward on its runners. However, bear in mind that figure is Land Rover's own assessment and they measure up to the roofline. Most other manufacturers measure up to the tonneau cover, in which case the capacity is around 500 litres.
The middle-row seatbacks also tilt for better access to the rearmost seats and fold down in a 40/20/40 formation for added flexibility. Drop them all and they create a carrying capacity of up to 1620 litres.
However, the switchgear and plastics seem a little underwhelming for a car that starts at nearly £40k. The cabin does have that Land Rover signature trait of functionality about it, but you can’t escape feeling that the design is quite plain and the materials don’t feel as tactile in places as those in an Audi Q5, BMW X3 or Volvo XC60.
The Discovery Sport is the first JLR product to get the company’s new multimedia system, and it’s a big improvement over the previous set-up. Again, though, it doesn't have the functionality of Audi’s MMI system or BMW’s iDrive.
Part of this is because both of those use a rotary controller placed conveniently on the centre console. However, the Discovery Sport’s touchscreen affair requires you to lean forward and is more distracting to use on the move.