2019 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator

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 Lincoln Navigator doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Navigator have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery 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 Navigator’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. But it costs extra on the Navigator.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Discovery uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Navigator uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

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


The Discovery’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator’s (6 vs. 5 years).


As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery 3.0 Supercharged is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

11.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Navigator 4WD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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




Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.2 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Navigator:





60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label’s 45 series tires.

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 Navigator, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Discovery’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Navigator’s (40.4 feet vs. 41 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a 1.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Navigator (11.1 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.


The Land Rover Discovery may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Discovery is 1 foot, 2.3 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Discovery easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Discovery’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Navigator uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

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 Navigator doesn’t offer tailgating seats.


The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator’s (8201 vs. 6200 pounds).


The Discovery has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Navigator doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Navigator doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Navigator doesn’t offer headlight washers.


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 Navigator doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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