2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX30 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.

Both the QX30 and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Discovery Sport’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 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.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Discovery Sport’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are over 23 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the QX30’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 QX30’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 Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 68 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 Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 84 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The QX30’s 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.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport (base engine):

 

QX30

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

93.7 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the QX30 gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport:

 

 

 

MPG

QX30

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 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 QX30 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Discovery Sport:

 

QX30

Discovery Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’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 standard on the QX30 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 QX30 Sport 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 QX30 Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Discovery Sport HSE (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (36.6 feet vs. 38.3 feet). The QX30’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (37.3 feet vs. 38.3 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The QX30 is 6.8 inches shorter than the Discovery Sport, making the QX30 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The QX30 is 10.3 inches narrower on average than the Discovery Sport, making the QX30 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The QX30 is 9.9 inches shorter in height than the Discovery Sport, making the QX30 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 QX30. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 64% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the QX30 Sport/Essential to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Model Availability

The QX30 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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