2019 Nissan Rogue 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 Nissan Rogue 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.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Rogue are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rogue SV/SL has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Rogue 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 around view monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Rogue the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Rogue 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 6 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Rogue’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 Rogue’s reliability 47 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 Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 75 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 71 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Rogue gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport:

 

 

 

MPG

Rogue

 

FWD

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

33 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/33 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 4 cyl. Hybrid

31 city/34 hwy

 

 

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/32 hwy

Discovery Sport

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (237 HP)

21 city/25 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (286 HP)

20 city/25 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Rogue uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Rogue has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Rogue’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Discovery Sport are solid, not vented.

The Rogue stops shorter than the Discovery Sport:

 

Rogue

Discovery Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Rogue has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Rogue can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Rogue’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (37.6 feet vs. 38.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Rogue has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery Sport (8.4 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Rogue to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Nissan Rogue may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The Rogue is 9.1 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the Rogue easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The Rogue has 1.5 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more front legroom than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport 5-Passenger with its rear seat up (39.3 vs. 34.6 cubic feet). The Rogue has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with all its rear seats folded (70 vs. 62.8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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

Model Availability

The Rogue 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 Nissan Rogue, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Rogue second among compact SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three.

The Nissan Rogue outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over 34 to one during 2018.

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