2020 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Safety

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Both the X1 and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 100 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Discovery Sport.

There are almost 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in initial quality. With 28 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 BMW vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 99 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW X1 is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0:

X1

Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the X1 xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport with its standard engine (23 city/31 hwy vs. 21 city/25 hwy).

Transmission

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The X1’s 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

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For better stopping power the X1’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Discovery Sport:

X1

Discovery Sport

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The X1’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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The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery Sport SE’s standard 60 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 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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The X1 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Discovery Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .85 G’s, while the Discovery Sport HSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Discovery Sport HSE (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X1’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.3 feet).

Chassis

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The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The X1 is 5.5 inches shorter than the Discovery Sport, making the X1 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The X1 is 9.8 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the X1 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Discovery Sport (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X1 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The X1 has 1.8 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The X1 has a much larger cargo volume than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 6.8 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the X1. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the X1 has a standard extendable sun visor. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X1 will cost $140 to $1995 less than the Discovery Sport over a five-year period.

The X1 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the X1 will retain 43.17% to 43.84% of its original price after five years, while the Discovery Sport only retains 42.13% to 42.27%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X1 will be $5404 to $16314 less than for the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Recommendations

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The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Discovery Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The BMW X1 outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over two to one during 2018.

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