The new 2020 Discovery Sport is not short on tech. The 360-degree surround camera system more than proved its worth throughout the rough and tumble Sabie outback section, while ClearSight GroundView system takes full advantage of the 12.3-inch high-definition full colour screen for an omnipotent look of the path ahead. As a smaller driver, at 5’4″, the camera tech’s ability to essentially render the bonnet invisible was a welcome X-ray-like vision through the body of the SUV.
It’s not the only clever camera system, either. The ClearSight Rear View mirror took some getting used to, beaming video from the rear of the car to the switchable rear-view mirror at the top of the windshield. At first it seems like you’re looking at an HDR impressionist painting of the scene behind your vehicle, but in the end we preferred it to the traditional rear view mirror experience.
Elsewhere, the car’s interfaces have been pared-down and streamlined, leaving them intuitive to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present, along with wireless charging, USB ports for all three rows, 4G WiFi Hotspot, and AI smart settings for custom preferences. Your phone can also double as an InControl Remote, through the app, to monitor most aspects of the car from afar.
Although we didn’t get to play with it, Land Rover’s Activity Key gets an honourable mention, a secure RFID fob for around your wrist that’s waterproof up to 50 meters. A deactivated traditional key can remain inside the locked car while you go and enjoy a run or hike; we reckon it will definitely be a crowd pleaser among the active and athletic types. When you return, all you have to do is bring the wristband close to a small circular insignia on the back windshield and, voila, the doors unlock.
See the rest of our Land Rover Discovery Sport adventure here.