2019 BMW X2 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the X2 and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The X2’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X2 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Discovery Sport.

There are almost 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X2’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 X2’s reliability 40 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 BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 73 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 77 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The X2’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X2 M35i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (302 vs. 286) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (322 vs. 295) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X2 s/xDrive28i is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport (base engine):

 

X2

Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X2 gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport:

 

 

 

MPG

X2

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

 

 

M35i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Discovery Sport

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (237 HP)

21 city/25 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (286 HP)

20 city/25 hwy

Transmission

The X2’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the X2’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Discovery Sport:

 

X2

Discovery Sport

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The X2’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 X2 stops much shorter than the Discovery Sport:

 

X2

Discovery Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The X2’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery Sport SE’s standard 60 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X2 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

The X2 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Discovery Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the Discovery Sport HSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X2 sDrive28i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Discovery Sport HSE (25.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X2’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (37.2 feet vs. 38.3 feet).

Chassis

The BMW X2 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The X2 is 8.8 inches shorter than the Discovery Sport, making the X2 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The X2 is 9.7 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the X2 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The X2 is 7.8 inches shorter in height than the Discovery Sport, making the X2 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X2. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 45% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Model Availability

The X2 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X2, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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