2020 Kia Telluride vs. 2020 Land Rover Discovery

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Safety

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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 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 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Telluride 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive 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, its standard 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 Telluride 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 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’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. 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.

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

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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 Telluride’s reliability 40 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 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.

Engine

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As tested in Consumer Reports the Kia Telluride is faster than the Land Rover Discovery:

Telluride

Discovery

Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.6 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Telluride 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 Kia Telluride uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Telluride stops much shorter than the Discovery:

Telluride

Discovery

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

148 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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

The Telluride LX/EX’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

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The Telluride has a standard automatic 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 Telluride is .7 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery.

The Telluride SX 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Discovery HSE Luxury pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Telluride SX 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Discovery HSE (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Telluride’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Discovery’s (38.8 feet vs. 40.6 feet).

Chassis

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The Kia Telluride may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery.

Passenger Space

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

The Telluride has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 5 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room, 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room, .2 inches more third row headroom, 1.7 inches more third row hip room and 8.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery.

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

Cargo Capacity

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

Telluride

Discovery

Behind Third Seat

21 cubic feet

11.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

46 cubic feet

40.2 cubic feet

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

Telluride

Discovery

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

20.4”/49.8”/83.8”

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

Max Width

54.4”

55.6”

Min Width

43.5”

39.3”

Height

34.5”

37”

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

Ergonomics

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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 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Telluride to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Discovery doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Kia Telluride EX/SX has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Discovery doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Telluride SX offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, 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 Telluride is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

The Kia Telluride outsold the Land Rover Discovery by over four to one during the 2019 model year.

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