2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

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 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 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 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 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, 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. 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 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.

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 ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge ST is faster than the Land Rover Discovery:

 

Edge

Discovery

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

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

 

AWD

Td6 3.0 turbo V6 Diesel

21 city/26 hwy

 

 

3.0 Supercharged V6

16 city/21 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Discovery 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 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Ford Edge as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Land Rover Discovery is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

The Edge stops much shorter than the Discovery:

 

Edge

Discovery

 

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Discovery (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge ST AWD handles at .88 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge ST AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 800 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.

The Edge is 6.9 inches shorter than the Discovery, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Edge is 5.7 inches narrower than the Discovery, making the Edge easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

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 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Edge has .2 inches more front headroom, 3.6 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ergonomics

The Edge offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 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 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 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 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

 

Edge

Discovery

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Ford Edge outsold the Land Rover Discovery by almost 14 to one during 2018.

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