2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Discovery Sport and CR-V 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 CR-V’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 CR-V.

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 CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Discovery Sport and the CR-V 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport weighs 448 to 843 pounds more than the Honda CR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Discovery Sport comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Discovery Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CR-V’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

The Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 53 more horsepower (237 vs. 184) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 47 more horsepower (237 vs. 190) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 96 more horsepower (286 vs. 190) and 116 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery Sport (base engine) is faster than the CR-V 1.5T:

 

Discovery Sport

CR-V

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.9 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CR-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Discovery Sport has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (18.5 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

 

Discovery Sport

Discovery Sport 286 HP

CR-V

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

10.2 inches

The Discovery Sport stops shorter than the CR-V:

 

Discovery Sport

CR-V

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-V (245/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Discovery Sport SE’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 CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport SE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Discovery Sport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the CR-V (107.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The Discovery Sport HSE handles at .82 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Discovery Sport HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CR-V (8.3 vs. 8.2 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 CR-V can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has .7 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR-V.

Cargo Capacity

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

 

Discovery Sport

CR-V

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.8”/74.3”

37.5”/71”

Max Width

51.8”

54”

Min Width

43.5”

41.5”

Height

29.6”

41”

Towing

The Discovery Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the CR-V’s (4409 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The Discovery Sport uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CR-V uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the CR-V EX-L/Touring, 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 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery Sport and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Discovery Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Discovery Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Discovery Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Discovery Sport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Discovery Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

When the Discovery Sport is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CR-V’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Discovery Sport HSE has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Discovery Sport and the CR-V offer available 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 CR-V.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Discovery Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Discovery Sport has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Discovery Sport HSE’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CR-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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