THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT VS. THE COMPETITION

June 15 2018, Land Rover Vancouver

THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT VS. THE COMPETITION

Discovery Sport combines refined manners with real off-road adventure

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is one of the most appealing SUVs in its compact luxury class, capable of hauling a family of seven around town, across the country, or for that matter up the side of a mountain in absolute comfort.

Its unmistakable Land Rover styling and rugged good looks endow it with immediate respect, but you don’t have to tell anyone that it’s also one of the most affordable SUVs in its class. Its also one of the most comfortable thanks to standard partial leather seating and one of the more spacious cabins in the class, not to mention it’s the only compact luxury SUV with available three-row, seven-passenger seating.


Strong performance combines with excellent fuel economy

Superb interior quality and an impressive array of standard and optional features combine with a sporty standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers strong performance and great fuel economy, the latter thanks in part to a nine-speed automatic transmission (for the most forward gears in its class), plus a standard Eco mode and auto start/stop that shuts the engine off when it would otherwise be idling, while performance improves via standard paddle shifters and Dynamic sport mode.

The Discovery Sport also gets standard Snow and Off-Road modes, the latter denoting its ability off-road. True to Land Rover’s heritage, it’s the only true 4x4-capable SUV in its class, making it the ideal family adventure vehicle. Whether setting off on a summer wilderness camping trip or merely hitting the slopes mid-winter, you can be confident a sudden deluge or snowstorm won’t leave you stuck in the mud or deep snow. It’s even more capable for towing a trailer than most of its rivals.

To help you figure out how the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport stacks up next to its premium-branded competitors, we’ve put together a simple, straightforward, point-form list of key standard features and specifications (plus options) from the base trim levels of its closest challengers, including the Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Volvo XC60, and BMW X3, so go ahead and make your own decision about which compact luxury SUV best suits your family’s needs.

 

Land Rover Discovery Sport SE

Acura RDX

Lexus NX 300

Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4Matic

Volvo XC60 T5 AWD Momentum

BMW X3 xDrive28i

MSRP

 

$43,500

$42,390

$44,050

$44,950

$45,900

$45,900

$48,000

Headlamps

 

Halogen (opt HID w/ LED signatures)

LED

 Full LED (opt tri-beam LED)

Projector HID (opt full LED)

Projector halogen (opt full LED)

Full LED (new)

Full LED (new)

Auto high beams

Opt

No

Yes

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Dynamic cornering headlamps

Opt

No

No

No

Opt

Opt

Opt

Pushbutton start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Opt

Yes

Electric parking brake

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Individual driving modes

Sport, Eco, Snow & 4x4 modes

Sport mode only

Sport and Eco modes

Comfort, Auto & Sport modes

Sport and Eco modes

Opt Comfort, Eco, Sport & 4x4 modes

Opt Comfort & Sport modes

Auto-dimming side mirrors

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Driver’s side

Opt

Yes

Power-folding side mirrors

Yes

No

No

Opt

Yes

Opt

Yes

Rain-sensing wipers

Yes

Opt

Opt

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Heated steering wheel

Opt

No

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Yes

Backup camera

 

Yes

Yes (multi-angle)

Yes

Opt

Yes

Yes (new as standard)

Yes

Front and rear parking sensors

Rear only (opt front)

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Garage door opener

Opt

Yes

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Leather upholstery

Yes (partial)

Opt

Opt

Yes

Opt

Yes (new as standard)

Opt

Power driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Driver-side memory

Opt

Yes

Opt

Opt

Opt

Yes

Yes

Power front passenger seat

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Infotainment display

8.0-inch

5.0-inch

7.0-inch

7.0-inch

7.0-inch

9.0-inch

6.5-inch

Voice activation

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Yes

Opt

4G LTE Wi-Fi

 

Opt

No

No

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Navigation

 

Opt

Opt

Opt (Std Scout GPS)

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Audio speakers (total)

10

7

8

10

6

10 (2 more standard)

12

USB charge ports

3

1

1

2

2

2 (1 more standard)

2

Powered moonroof

Opt (panoramic)

Yes

Opt

Opt panoramic

Opt panoramic

Yes (new & panoramic)

Opt panoramic

Power (hp)

 

237

279

235

252

241

250

248

Torque (lb-ft)

 

251

252

258

273

273

258

258

All-wheel drive (AWD)

Yes (4x4 capable)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (new as standard)

Yes

Transmission

 

9-speed auto

6-speed auto

6-speed auto

7-speed dual-clutch

9-speed auto

8-speed auto

8-speed auto

Steering wheel paddle shifters

Yes

Yes

Yes

Opt

Yes

Opt

Opt

Auto start/stop

 

Yes

No

Opt (w/ Hybrid)

Yes (new)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fuel Economy (city/hwy/comb.)

11.4 / 9.3 / 10.5

12.4 / 8.7 / 10.7

10.6 / 8.5 / 9.7

10.4 / 8.6 / 9.6

11.1 / 8.6 / 10.0

10.7 / 8.5 / 9.8

10.8 / 8.0 / 9.5

Adaptive cruise control

Opt

Yes

Yes

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Autonomous braking

Opt

Yes

Yes

Opt

Opt

Yes

Opt

Blind spot monitoring

Opt

Opt

Opt

Opt

Yes

Opt

Opt

Lane keeping assist

Opt

Yes

Yes

Opt

Opt

Yes (new)

Opt

Driver condition monitoring

Opt

No

No

No

No

No

No

Traffic sign recognition

Opt

No

No

Opt

Opt

Opt

No

Special airbags

 

Driver’s knee

No

Driver’s knee

Opt rear side thorax

Driver’s knee

Driver’s knee (new)

No

Maximum passengers

5 (opt. 7)

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front legroom

 

1,067

1,068

1,088

1,039

1,036

1,054 (+8)

1,023 (+10)

2nd row legroom

947

973

918

960

947

965 (+41)

924 (-3)

Cargo behind 2nd / 1st row

981 / 1,698

739 / 2,178

500 / 1,545

550 / 1,710

550 / 1,600

731 / 1,792

550 / 1,600

Tow rating (kg)

 

750 (max. 2,000)

680

907

2,000

1,588

1,580

2,000


Land Rover goes the extra mile when it comes to advanced driver safety

Thanks to more available advanced driver assistance systems than any competitor, Discovery Sport owners can enjoy the ease of automatically dimming high beams and dynamic cruise control when on the highway, or the peace of mind that comes from autonomous emergency braking and blindspot warning with lane departure assist, but its traffic sign recognition will also point out when the speed limit has been reduced (amongst other warnings), which improves safety and could even save you money, while the Discovery Sport also has an available driver condition monitor that notices if you’re getting drowsy and then prompts you to pull over to take a rest.

What’s more, the Discovery Sport’s standard infotainment touchscreen is one of the largest in its class at 8.0 inches, which means you’ll benefit from an expansive rear view through its backup camera, while it’s also the only vehicle in this group with standard rear parking sensors, improving safety further, plus the side mirrors automatically fold inward when parked, making it easier to get past in a narrow parking spot.


Loads of standard features combine for great value

As mentioned earlier, value for money makes the Discovery Sport one of the more appealing compact luxury SUVs in its class. Despite having such a reasonable starting price of just $43,500, standard features not yet mentioned include pushbutton ignition, an electromechanical parking brake, rain-sensing wipers, powered front seats, 10 premium audio speakers, three USB charging ports, and much more.

There’s a lot more to the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport than we can show you here, so make sure to arrange a test drive by contacting Land Rover Vancouver at (604) 738-5577 or come visit the showroom at 1730 Burrard Street, Vancouver.

THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT VS. THE COMPETITION
THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT VS. THE COMPETITION
THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT VS. THE COMPETITION
THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT VS. THE COMPETITION
THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT VS. THE COMPETITION
THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT VS. THE COMPETITION
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