2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs. 2020 Jeep Cherokee

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Safety

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Both the Discovery Sport and Cherokee 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 Cherokee’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery Sport. But it costs extra on the Cherokee.

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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Discovery Sport and the Cherokee 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Discovery Sport comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Cherokee’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Discovery Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Cherokee’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

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The Discovery Sport has more powerful engines than the Cherokee:

Horsepower

Torque

Discovery Sport 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

246 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Discovery Sport P290 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

286 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

180 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

270 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Discovery Sport has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (17.7 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cherokee:

Discovery Sport

Cherokee

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

10.95 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery Sport has larger tires than the Cherokee (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R17).

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 Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Discovery Sport’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Cherokee’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee. The Discovery Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling

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The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Discovery Sport offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Cherokee (107.9 inches vs. 106.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cherokee.

The Discovery Sport S handles at .82 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Discovery Sport S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Cherokee (8.3 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Cherokee can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery Sport

Cherokee

Second Seat Folded

55.6 cubic feet

54.7 cubic feet

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

Discovery Sport

Cherokee

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

8.9”/38.1”/69.7”

n.a./33.9”/67.6”

Max Width

52.1”

49.2”

Min Width

43.5”

39.4”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Discovery Sport with 5+2 Seating’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Discovery Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Cherokee’s (4409 vs. 2000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the Cherokee (except Latitude/Latitude Plus), 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Discovery Sport’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cherokee’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Discovery Sport the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee’s standard 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the Discovery Sport with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Cherokee’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Discovery Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cherokee offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Discovery Sport has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the Cherokee.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Land Rover Discovery Sport offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Cherokee doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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