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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Sportage 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.
Both the Sportage and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
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 “Good” 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 Sportage the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.
The Sportage 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.
Kia’s powertrain warranty covers the Sportage 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.
There are almost 5 times as many Kia dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Sportage’s warranty.
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 Sportage’s reliability 39 points higher than the Discovery Sport.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage first among small SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Kia vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, 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 Kia vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Kia 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 95 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Kia Sportage uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Sportage stops shorter than the Discovery Sport:
60 to 0 MPH
The Sportage 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 Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Discovery Sport HSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Sportage SX Turbo AWD 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 Sportage’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.3 feet).
The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The Sportage is 4.6 inches shorter than the Discovery Sport, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Sportage is 8.5 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the Sportage easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The design of the Kia Sportage amounts to more than styling. The Sportage 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 Sportage get better fuel mileage.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sportage has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Sportage is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage third among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three.
The Kia Sportage outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by almost seven to one during 2018.
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