2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Kia Telluride 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 Telluride are reminded to check the back seat when a sensor determines the back seat is occupied. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Telluride 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 and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Telluride 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 Telluride 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 Telluride’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 88 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 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.

Engine

The Telluride’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 Telluride’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 Kia Telluride 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 Telluride’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Discovery Sport:

Telluride

Discovery Sport

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

The Telluride 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 Telluride has a standard automatic 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 Telluride’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 Telluride is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Discovery Sport.

Passenger Space

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

The Telluride has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.1 inches more front legroom, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Discovery Sport

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

6.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

34.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87 cubic feet

62.8 cubic feet

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

Telluride

Discovery Sport

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

n.a./38.8”/74.3”

Max Width

54.4”

51.8”

Min Width

43.5”

43.5”

Height

34.5”

29.6”

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

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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

The Telluride EX/SX has standard front air-conditioned seats and the Telluride SX offers them optionally in the second row. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

Model Availability

The Telluride 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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