2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge 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 rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply 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.

Both the Edge 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 and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 18 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’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 Edge’s reliability 31 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 Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 79 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 Ford vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (245 vs. 237) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 49 more horsepower (335 vs. 286) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 295) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Edge 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport (Base engine):

 

Edge

Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.3 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

Edge

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

 

 

ST 2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge 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 Edge 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

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

 

Edge

Discovery Sport

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

11.8 inches

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

 

Edge

Discovery Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Discovery Sport (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (265/40R21 vs. 245/45R20).

The Edge ST’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 Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Discovery Sport’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Edge 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 Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (112.2 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

The Edge ST AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the Discovery Sport HSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge ST AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Discovery Sport HSE (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Chassis

The Edge is 5.6 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the Edge easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the Edge 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 Edge Sport 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

The Edge has .1 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 2.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom and 4.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with all its rear seats folded (73.4 vs. 62.8 cubic feet).

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

 

Edge

Discovery Sport

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

38.8”/74.3”

Max Width

45.1”

51.8”

Min Width

45.1”

43.5”

Height

34.4”

29.6”

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

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge’s exterior PIN entry system. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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

The Edge (except SE) 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

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

Recommendations

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Edge

Discovery Sport

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Ford Edge outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over 11 to one during 2018.

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