2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs. 2019 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Discovery Sport and X1 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The X1’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery Sport. But it costs extra on the X1.

The Discovery Sport HSE offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X1 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Discovery Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Discovery Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Discovery Sport and the X1 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and driver alert monitors.

Engine

The Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (237 vs. 228) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (286 vs. 228) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Discovery Sport has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (18.5 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Discovery Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X1.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Discovery Sport 286 HP’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X1:

 

Discovery Sport 286 HP

X1

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Discovery Sport has larger standard tires than the X1 (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (245/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX offers optional 20-inch wheels. The X1’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Discovery Sport offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the X1 (107.9 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the X1.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (8.3 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the X1 can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has 1.6 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the X1.

Cargo Capacity

The Discovery Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the X1.

 

Discovery Sport

X1

Third Seat Removed

34.6 cubic feet

27.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

62.8 cubic feet

58.7 cubic feet

The Discovery Sport’s cargo area is larger than the X1’s in almost every dimension:

 

Discovery Sport

X1

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.8”/74.3”

35.1”/69”

Max Width

51.8”

51.5”

Min Width

43.5”

39.5”

Height

29.6”

33”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Discovery Sport with 5+2 Seating’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X1 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Discovery Sport has a 4409 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Discovery Sport has a standard 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 X1 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X1, the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X1 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X1 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery Sport offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X1 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X1’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Discovery Sport has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The X1 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Both the Discovery Sport and the X1 offer optional heated front seats. The Discovery Sport also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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