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Both the Discovery Sport and QX30 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 QX30’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 QX30.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Discovery Sport (except SE)’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Compared to metal, the Discovery Sport’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.
Both the Discovery Sport and the QX30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and around view monitors.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport weighs 485 to 865 pounds more than the Infiniti QX30. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (237 vs. 208) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 78 more horsepower (286 vs. 208) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
Regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The Discovery Sport has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Sport has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.8 gallons).
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Discovery Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX30.
For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:
Discovery Sport 286 HP
For better traction, the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX30 (245/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX offers optional 20-inch wheels. The QX30’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Discovery Sport has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
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 QX30’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the QX30 (107.9 inches vs. 106.3 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.
For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX30 (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the QX30 can only carry 5.
The Discovery Sport has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the QX30.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery Sport’s middle row seats recline. The QX30’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Discovery Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX30.
Third Seat Removed
34.6 cubic feet
19.2 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
62.8 cubic feet
34 cubic feet
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 QX30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery Sport’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
The Discovery Sport has a 4409 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.
The Discovery Sport uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 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.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The power windows standard on both the Discovery Sport and the QX30 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 QX30 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 QX30’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
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 QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 QX30 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 QX30 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.
Both the Discovery Sport and the QX30 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 QX30.
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 QX30 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport outsold the Infiniti QX30 by 49% during 2018.
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