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Both the Discovery Sport and Enclave have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Enclave’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The Discovery Sport has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Enclave doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Discovery Sport’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Enclave doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Discovery Sport and the Enclave 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Discovery Sport P290’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 266) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Sport turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave AWD (19 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Enclave doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Enclave:
The Discovery Sport’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 Enclave’s standard 65 series tires. The Discovery Sport’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Enclave’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Discovery Sport offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Enclave, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Discovery Sport S handles at .82 G’s, while the Enclave Avenir pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Discovery Sport S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Enclave Avenir (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Discovery Sport’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Enclave’s (38.3 feet vs. 39 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (8.3 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Buick Enclave.
The Discovery Sport is 1 foot, 11.3 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the Discovery Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Discovery Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Enclave’s (4409 vs. 1500 pounds).
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Enclave Premium/Avenir, the Discovery Sport (except Base) offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Discovery Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Enclave doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Discovery Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Enclave’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.
The Discovery Sport has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Enclave doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.
The Discovery Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery Sport offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Enclave doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Enclave doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Discovery Sport’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Enclave doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Discovery Sport will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Discovery Sport will retain 42.13% to 42.27% of its original price after five years, while the Enclave only retains 34.43% to 39.22%.
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