2019 Buick Enclave vs. 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the Buick Enclave’s middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Enclave are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Enclave has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Enclave and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Enclave 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 12 times as many Buick dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Enclave’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Enclave’s reliability 20 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 Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 16th in initial quality. With 65 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 Buick vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 88 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 73 more horsepower (310 vs. 237) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (266 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 24 more horsepower (310 vs. 286) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Buick Enclave is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0:

 

Enclave

Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick Enclave uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Enclave FWD’s standard fuel tank has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (19.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Enclave AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (21.7 vs. 18.5 gallons).

The Enclave has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Enclave’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.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Enclave has larger tires than the Discovery Sport (255/65R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Enclave’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (255/65R18 vs. 245/45R20).

The Buick Enclave’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Discovery Sport only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Enclave has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Enclave’s wheelbase is 13 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (120.9 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Enclave is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Discovery Sport.

Chassis

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The front grille of the Enclave uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Enclave uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Enclave has .9 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Enclave

Discovery Sport

Behind Third Seat

23.6 cubic feet

6.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

58 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

34.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

97.6 cubic feet

62.8 cubic feet

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

 

Enclave

Discovery Sport

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

23.8”/54”/90”

n.a./38.8”/74.3”

Max Width

52.7”

51.8”

Min Width

48.6”

43.5”

Height

30.8”

29.6”

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Discovery Sport is limited to 4409 pounds. The Enclave offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Buick service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Buick 9th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 38% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

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

The Enclave (except Preferred) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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The Buick Enclave outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over three to one during 2017.

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