2020 Hyundai Palisade vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 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 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Palisade and the Discovery have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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’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. 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 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Palisade’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Discovery’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.

Reliability

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Palisade 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery supercharged V6 (19 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

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

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Palisade has larger tires than the Discovery (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R19).

The Palisade’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Palisade is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery.

For better maneuverability, the Palisade’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis

The Hyundai Palisade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 600 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.

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 (.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 can only carry up to 7.

The Palisade has .7 inches more front headroom, 5.1 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear legroom, 2 inches more rear hip room, 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.7 inches more third row hip room and 8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Palisade

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

18 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

45.8 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

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

Palisade

Discovery

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

20.8”/49”/82.5”

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

Max Width

53.7”

55.6”

Min Width

43.4”

39.3”

Height

30.5”

37”

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

Ergonomics

The Palisade SEL/Limited has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 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 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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