2019 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2019 Audi Q5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Discovery’s 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Discovery and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Land Rover Discovery weighs 706 to 871 pounds more than the Audi Q5. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Engine

The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 92 more horsepower (340 vs. 248) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 6 more horsepower (254 vs. 248) and 170 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 273) than the Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (22.5 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q5 (23.5 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Discovery, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Q5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Discovery’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

 

Discovery

Q5

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Q5:

 

Discovery

Q5

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

136 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q5 (285/40R22 vs. 255/45R20).

The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Q5’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q5. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Q5.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the Q5 (115 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Q5.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (8.7 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 2.9 inches higher than on the Q5 (11.1 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis

The front grille of the Discovery uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Q5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Discovery offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Q5 can only carry 5.

The Discovery has 2.7 inches more front shoulder room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q5.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Q5 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q5.

 

Discovery

Q5

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

25.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

53.1 cubic feet

Towing

The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Q5’s (8201 vs. 4400 pounds).

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Q5, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery 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 Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Q5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Q5 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Q5 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

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