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The XT6’s optional 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 Cadillac XT6 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 XT6 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 XT6 offers optional Reverse 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.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the XT6 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 XT6 offers an optional Surround Vision 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 XT6 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.
Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the XT6 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 5 times as many Cadillac dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XT6’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 17th in initial quality. With 30 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 Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac 23rd in reliability. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The XT6’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 64 more horsepower (310 vs. 246) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 269) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XT6’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 24 more horsepower (310 vs. 286) than the Discovery Sport P290’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the XT6’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 Cadillac XT6 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The XT6 FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (19 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XT6 AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (22 vs. 17.7 gallons).
The XT6 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The XT6’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.
For better traction, the XT6 Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (265/45R21 vs. 235/60R18).
The XT6’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.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XT6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Discovery Sport.
The Cadillac XT6’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Discovery Sport only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XT6’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (112.7 inches vs. 107.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XT6 is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery Sport.
The XT6 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The XT6 has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.8 inches more third row headroom, 3.9 inches more third row legroom and 6.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.
The XT6’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery Sport.
Behind Third Seat
12.6 cubic feet
4.1 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
43.1 cubic feet
23.2 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
78.7 cubic feet
55.6 cubic feet
The XT6 and the Discovery Sport with 5+2 Seating have standard second row automatic folding seats. The XT6’s third row seats also fold up or down at the press of a button. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer automatic folding third row seats.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the XT6. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XT6’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, 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.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 99% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The XT6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, 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 XT6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The XT6 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Discovery Sport.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac XT6 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the Discovery Sport.
The XT6’s optional Automatic Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The Discovery Sport’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.
The XT6 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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