2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs. 2020 Lexus NX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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Both the Discovery Sport and NX Series 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 NX Series’ 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 NX Series.

Compared to metal, the Discovery Sport’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Lexus NX Series has a metal gas tank.

Both the Discovery Sport and the NX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Engine

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The Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (246 vs. 194) and 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 199) than the NX 300h’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (246 vs. 235) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery Sport P290’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 51 more horsepower (286 vs. 235) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the NX 300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the NX Series 300h.

Regardless of its engine, the Discovery Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the NX Series 300h.

The Discovery Sport has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Sport has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the NX Series’ standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Discovery Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the NX Series.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Sport

NX Series

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery Sport has larger tires than the NX Series (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17).

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 NX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Discovery Sport’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the NX Series F Sport’s 55 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 NX Series. The Discovery Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the NX Series.

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 NX Series, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the NX Series (107.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the NX Series.

The Discovery Sport S handles at .82 G’s, while the NX 300 pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Discovery Sport S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the NX 300h AWD (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the NX 300h (8.3 vs. 6.7 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Sport’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the NX 300 (8.3 vs. 6.9 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Discovery Sport has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the NX Series.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery Sport

NX Series

Third Seat Folded

23.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

27.5 cubic feet

17.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

55.6 cubic feet

54.6 cubic feet

Towing

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The Discovery Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the NX Series’ (4409 vs. 0 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Discovery Sport has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The NX Series doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the NX Series, 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 NX Series doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 NX Series’ 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 NX Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the Discovery Sport and the NX Series offer optional heated front seats. The Discovery Sport also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the NX Series.

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 NX Series doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 NX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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