2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mazda CX-5 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 Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The CX-5 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the CX-5 and the Discovery Sport 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, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Mazda’s powertrain warranty covers the CX-5 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the CX-5’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the CX-5’s reliability 63 points higher than the Discovery Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 21st in reliability. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 295) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 39 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0:

CX-5

Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport:

MPG

CX-5

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.2 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

27 city/30 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

Discover Sport

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/25 hwy

Si4 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/25 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 2.5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda CX-5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature for maximum performance). The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (36 feet vs. 38.3 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 400 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The CX-5 is 9 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the CX-5 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The CX-5 has .3 inches more rear headroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The CX-5 has a much larger cargo volume than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat up (30.9 vs. 6.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CX-5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The CX-5 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda CX-5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Discovery Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by almost 13 to one during 2018.

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