2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs. Its Competition

2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

With its third row of seats and its actual off-road capability, the Land Rover Discovery Sport stands out in its competitive segment.

No direct rival purports to be capable of driving down much more than a dirt road, and competitive brands require buyers to spend a lot more to seat more than 5 people aboard.

That said, the Discovery Sport isn't exactly roomy for seven, and few owners are likely to leave the pavement intentionally.

The Audi Q5 is growing long in the tooth, but a new model is on the way.

Mercedes-Benz revamped its compact crossover and renamed it the GLC, and while it's not a lot of fun, it is highly competent.

The Volvo XC60 is one of the segment's more mature designs, but it has aged quite well.

The same is true for the high-value Acura RDX and, to a certain extent, the slightly sportier BMW X3.

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Quick Specs
Although it's not a working implement like the classic Land Rover Discovery, the quirky Discovery Sport has plenty of merits up against rivals in the entry-level luxury class.
The 2017 Acura RDX is one of the smoothest, most responsive-driving compact crossover SUVs—even though it prioritizes practicality.
The 2017 Audi Q5 soldiers on with good space and carlike handling; it's still one of the better luxury SUVs, despite its age.
The 2017 BMW X3 continues its run as one of the best compact luxury SUVs on the market—even in the face of much newer competition.
The 2017 Volvo XC60 is a near-luxury contender at near-luxury prices. Its safety might be its biggest strong suit, which it rightly deserves.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/ASmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name    
SE 4WDFWD2.0 TFSI PremiumsDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleT5 FWD Dynamic
Four Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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