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Both the Discovery Sport and UX 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 UX 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 UX Series.
Both the Discovery Sport and the UX Series 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, 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.
The Land Rover Discovery Sport weighs 430 to 903 pounds more than the Lexus UX Series. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
The Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 77 more horsepower (246 vs. 169) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 65 more horsepower (246 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid. The Discovery Sport P290’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid produces 105 more horsepower (286 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.
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 UX Series Hybrid.
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 UX Series Hybrid.
The Discovery Sport has 7.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Sport has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 12.4 gallons).
For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the UX Series:
For better traction, the Discovery Sport has larger tires than the UX Series (235/60R18 vs. 225/50R18).
The Discovery Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.
The Discovery Sport has a standard full size spare (not available on 7-Passenger) so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
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 UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the UX Series (107.9 inches vs. 103.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the UX Series.
The Discovery Sport S handles at .82 G’s, while the UX 200 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 UX 200 (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).
The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the UX Series can only carry 5.
The Discovery Sport has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 5 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery Sport’s middle row seats recline. The UX Series’ rear seats don’t recline.
The Discovery Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the UX Series.
Third Seat Folded
23.2 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
27.5 cubic feet
21.7 cubic feet
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 UX Series doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Discovery Sport has a 4409 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.
The Discovery Sport uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional in the UX 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 power windows standard on both the Discovery Sport and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Discovery Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
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 UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Both the Discovery Sport and the UX 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 UX Series.
The Discovery Sport HSE offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the UX Series.
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 UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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