2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

The Q7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q7 offers an optional backup collision prevention system which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q7 and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi Q7 weighs 579 to 1143 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q7 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q7’s reliability 56 points higher than the Discovery Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Q7 45 TFSI’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (248 vs. 237) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 43 more horsepower (329 vs. 286) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 295) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Q7 55 TFSI 3.0 supercharged V6 is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0:

 

Q7

Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.2 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q7 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q7 has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (22.5 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q7’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Discovery Sport:

 

Q7

Discovery Sport

Discovery Sport 286 HP

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

The Q7’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Discovery Sport are solid, not vented.

The Q7 stops shorter than the Discovery Sport:

 

Q7

Discovery Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the Discovery Sport (255/55R19 vs. 235/60R18). The Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (285/45R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The Q7’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q7 offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Discovery Sport’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q7 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 10 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (117.9 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q7 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Discovery Sport.

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Discovery Sport HSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Discovery Sport HSE (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Q7 w/Air Suspension has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery Sport (9.7 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The design of the Audi Q7 amounts to more than styling. The Q7 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .333 Cd (optional .32 Cd with Air Suspension). That is lower than the Discovery Sport (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q7 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Q7 has 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Q7’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery Sport.

 

Q7

Discovery Sport

Behind Third Seat

14.8 cubic feet

6.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

37.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

34.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

71.6 cubic feet

62.8 cubic feet

The Q7’s cargo area is larger than the Discovery Sport’s in almost every dimension:

 

Q7

Discovery Sport

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

n.a./38.8”/74.3”

Max Width

52.5”

51.8”

Height

30”

29.6”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q7. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Discovery Sport is limited to 4409 pounds. The Q7 offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q7 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Discovery Sport. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q7 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Q7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Discovery Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over three to one during the 2018 model year.

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