There are more comfortable, efficient and quicker alternatives to this revised Discovery Sport, whose new-found mild-hybrid status should be taken with a pinch of salt. And despite the convincing technological showcase of the cabin, at times the Sport’s weight and thick-set manner can make it feel a touch antiquated among more polished classmates.

However, few if any of those cars match the Land Rover’s off-road ability or sense of integrity, and none marries such a commanding driving position with controls that inspire an enjoyable degree of confidence. In these aspects the Discovery Sport transcends the norms of the class and inherits the character of more senior Land Rover wares.

Off-road fidelity and character outweigh a lacklustre powertrain

While the Discovery Sport can’t match the likes of Audi and BMW for rolling refinement, its abilities in this regard are not so far off the pace that the versatility of its capacious, thoughtfully appointed interior couldn’t give this entry-level Land Rover an edge in the minds of potential owners.

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