2019 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2019 BMW X5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery 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 BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.


The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 5 more horsepower (340 vs. 335) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 330) than the X5 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 330) than the X5 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the X5 xDrive40i (21 city/26 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 (23.5 vs. 21.9 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X5 (285/40R22 vs. 275/40R21).

The Discovery offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X5, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Discovery’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the X5’s (40.4 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a 2.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (11.1 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The design of the Land Rover Discovery amounts to more than styling. The Discovery has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd (optional .35 Cd with Td6). That is lower than the X5 (.36 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Discovery get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Discovery has .4 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

Cargo Capacity

The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.




Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

33.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

72.3 cubic feet

The Discovery’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.


The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X5’s (8201 vs. 6603 pounds).


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X5, 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Discovery to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X5’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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