2020 Infiniti QX60 vs. 2020 Land Rover Discovery

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Safety

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The QX60 Luxe’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 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Infiniti QX60 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.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX60 Luxe offers an optional Backup Collision Intervention that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Discovery doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the QX60 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the QX60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The QX60 comes with a full 4-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 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX60 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. 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 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The QX60’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Discovery’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are over 23 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the QX60’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 QX60’s reliability 52 points higher than the Discovery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 29 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 Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 93 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the QX60 AWD CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery supercharged V6 (19 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/21 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Infiniti QX60 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Infiniti QX60 as an “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV). The Land Rover Discovery is only certified to “Low Emissions Vehicle” (LEV) standards.

Transmission

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The QX60 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Discovery doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The QX60 stops much shorter than the Discovery:

QX60

Discovery

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The QX60 AWD handles at .76 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the QX60’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Infiniti QX60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.

The design of the Infiniti QX60 amounts to more than styling. The QX60 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 QX60 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The QX60 has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front legroom, 4.1 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room, .9 inches more rear shoulder room and 9.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the QX60’s middle and third row seats recline. The Discovery’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The QX60’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery.

QX60

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

40.5 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

The QX60’s cargo area is larger than the Discovery’s in almost every dimension:

QX60

Discovery

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

20.7”/45”/78.5”

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

Min Width

46”

39.3”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the QX60. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 97% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Ergonomics

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The QX60 offers a 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 QX60 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The QX60 Luxe 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

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The QX60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the QX60 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the QX60 will cost $990 to $2825 less than the Discovery over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Infiniti QX60 will be $11340 to $19324 less than for the Land Rover Discovery.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Infiniti QX60, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Discovery isn't recommended.

The Infiniti QX60 outsold the Land Rover Discovery by over five to one during the 2019 model year.

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