2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Palisade 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 Palisade 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.

Both the Palisade 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


The Palisade comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Discovery Sport’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Palisade 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Palisade’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Discovery Sport’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are almost 5 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Palisade’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 86 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

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


The Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 54 more horsepower (291 vs. 237) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 251) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Palisade’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 5 more horsepower (291 vs. 286) than the Discovery Sport’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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


Discovery Sport

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Palisade has larger tires than the Discovery Sport (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18).

Suspension and Handling

The Palisade 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 Palisade offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Palisade’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (114.2 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Discovery Sport.


The design of the Hyundai Palisade amounts to more than styling. The Palisade has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Discovery Sport (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Palisade get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Palisade has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Discovery Sport can only carry up to 7.

The Palisade has .6 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 4.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Palisade’s middle and third row seats recline. The Discovery Sport’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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


Discovery Sport

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

6.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

45.8 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


34.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

86.4 cubic feet

62.8 cubic feet

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


Discovery Sport

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



Max Width



Min Width






The Palisade and the Discovery Sport with 5+2 Seating have standard second row automatic folding seats. The Palisade’s optional 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 keeps your small valuables safer in the Palisade. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.


The Palisade’s towing capacity is much higher than the Discovery Sport’s (5000 vs. 4409 pounds).


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

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Palisade’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Palisade offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Palisade 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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