2020 Audi Q7 vs. 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 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 middle seat belts.

The Q7’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q7 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 Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q7 offers an optional backup collision prevention system 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.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige has a standard Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Discovery Sport only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Q7 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi Q7 weighs 574 to 1047 pounds more than the Land Rover Discovery Sport. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q7 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 185 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Q7’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Q7’s reliability 37 points higher than the Discovery Sport.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 97 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 49 more horsepower (335 vs. 286) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the Discovery Sport P290’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q7 45 TFSI gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport turbo 4 cyl. (19 city/25 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).

The Q7 45 TFSI’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (19.8 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q7 55 TFSI’s standard fuel tank has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (22.5 vs. 17.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q7 55 TFSI’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Discovery Sport:

Q7 45 TFSI

Q7 55 TFSI

Discovery Sport

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

14.8 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

The Q7’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

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For better traction, the Q7 has larger standard tires than the Discovery Sport (255/55R19 vs. 235/60R18). The Q7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (285/45R20 vs. 235/60R18).

The Q7’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 Sport’s standard 60 series tires. The Q7 Prestige’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Discovery Sport’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q7 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Discovery Sport. The Q7 Prestige’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Discovery Sport.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q7 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

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q7’s wheelbase is 10 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (117.9 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q7 is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery Sport.

The Q7 Prestige handles at .85 G’s, while the Discovery Sport S pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Q7 Premium Plus executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Discovery Sport S (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Q7 w/Air Suspension has a 1.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Discovery Sport (9.7 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Q7 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Q7 has .4 inches more front headroom, 2.6 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.5 inches more third row headroom, 3.6 inches more third row legroom and 2.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Q7’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery Sport.

Q7

Discovery Sport

Behind Third Seat

14.8 cubic feet

4.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

37.5 cubic feet

23.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

71.6 cubic feet

55.6 cubic feet

The Q7’s cargo area is larger than the Discovery Sport’s in almost every dimension:

Q7

Discovery Sport

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.5”/44.7”/80.7”

8.9”/38.1”/69.7”

Max Width

52.5”

52.1”

Min Width

42.6”

43.5”

Height

30”

n/a

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q7. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Q7’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Discovery Sport is limited to 4409 pounds. The Q7 offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Q7 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 Audi service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 76% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

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The Q7 Premium Plus/Prestige’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q7 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A manual rear sunshade and rear side window sunshades are optional in the Q7 (except Premium) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

Economic Advantages

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The Q7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q7 will retain 44.87% to 44.98% of its original price after five years, while the Discovery Sport only retains 42.13% to 42.27%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q7, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Q7 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 4 years. The Discovery Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Audi Q7 outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by almost three to one during 2019.

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