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The X4’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.
The X4 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The X4 offers optional Active Park Distance Control 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.
Both the X4 and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 X4’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X4 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 over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X4’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 28th, 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.
The X4 xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (248 vs. 237) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X4 M40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 69 more horsepower (355 vs. 286) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 295) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
On the EPA test cycle the X4 M40i gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport with its standard turbo 4 cyl. (20 city/27 hwy vs. 21 city/25 hwy). The X4 M40i gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport with its optional 296 horsepower 2.0-liter 4 cyl. turbo (20 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).
The X4’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.
For better traction, the X4 has larger standard tires than the Discovery Sport (245/50R19 vs. 235/60R18).
The X4’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. The X4 M40i’s optional 245/40R21 front and 275/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional 45 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X4 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Discovery Sport SE. The X4 M40i’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X4 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.
The X4 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.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X4’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (112.8 inches vs. 107.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the X4 is 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Discovery Sport.
The X4 is 5.6 inches narrower on average than the Discovery Sport, making the X4 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The design of the BMW X4 amounts to more than styling. The X4 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Discovery Sport (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X4 get better fuel mileage.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X4. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The engine in the X4 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 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.
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