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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln Navigator are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
Both the Navigator and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.
The Lincoln Navigator weighs 769 to 1104 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Navigator 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 5 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Navigator’s warranty.
The Navigator has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Discovery doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 77 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 71 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 110 more horsepower (450 vs. 340) and 178 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Navigator uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Navigator has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Discovery doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lincoln Navigator, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Discovery.
For better traction, the Navigator has larger standard tires than the Discovery (275/55R20 vs. 235/65R19).
The Navigator Base’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery’s standard 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Navigator Base has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Discovery.
The Lincoln Navigator’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Discovery only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Navigator offers an available 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 Discovery’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Navigator’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Discovery doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Navigator’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the Discovery (122.5 inches vs. 115 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Navigator is 1 inch wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery.
For greater off-road capability the Navigator has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery (9.6 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Navigator to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Navigator uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Discovery doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Navigator offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Discovery can only carry up to 7.
The Navigator has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 4.9 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more front hip room, 4.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom, 5.9 inches more rear hip room, 5.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row legroom, 9.4 inches more third row hip room and 17 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Navigator’s middle and third row seats recline. The Discovery’s third row seats don’t recline.
The Navigator’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery.
Behind Third Seat
19.3 cubic feet
11.8 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
57.5 cubic feet
40.2 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
103.3 cubic feet
88.3 cubic feet
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Navigator. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Navigator’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Discovery’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 48% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.
The Navigator 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 Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Navigator’s exterior PIN entry system. The Discovery doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Navigator has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Navigator has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Discovery doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Navigator is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Navigator as the 2018 North American Truck of the Year. The Discovery has never been chosen.
The Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L outsold the Land Rover Discovery by 69% during the 2018 model year.
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