2019 Porsche Macan vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan 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 Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Macan 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 Macan has standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

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

Warranty

The Macan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 9 percent more Porsche dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Macan’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 81 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 Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 104 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (248 vs. 237) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 62 more horsepower (348 vs. 286) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (352 vs. 295) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Macan has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The Macan offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Macan’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Macan

Macan S

Discovery Sport

Discovery Sport 286 HP

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

The Macan’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Macan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (F:265/40R21 & R:295/35R21 vs. 245/45R20).

The Macan’s standard 255/55R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery Sport SE’s standard 60 series tires. The Macan’s optional 265/40R21 front and 295/35R21 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Macan offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Discovery Sport’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Macan has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Macan’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Macan’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (110.5 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Macan has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery Sport (9 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Macan to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Macan is 5.8 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the Macan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the Macan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

The Macan has a much larger cargo volume than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat up (17.6 vs. 6.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Macan. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Macan is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Discovery Sport. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 62% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Recommendations

The Porsche Macan outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by almost two to one during 2018.

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