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Both the Discovery Sport and Rogue 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 Rogue’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 Rogue.
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 Rogue doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Discovery Sport and the Rogue 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
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 Rogue’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 Rogue’s (6 vs. 5 years).
The Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 76 more horsepower (246 vs. 170) and 94 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Discovery Sport P290’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 116 more horsepower (286 vs. 170) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 175) than the Rogue’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.
Regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Rogue doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Rogue doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Discovery Sport has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rogue (17.7 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rogue:
For better traction, the Discovery Sport has larger tires than the Rogue (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 Rogue S/SV’s standard 65 series tires. The Discovery Sport’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rogue SL’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 Rogue S/SV. The Discovery Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Rogue SL.
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 Rogue, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rogue’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 Rogue’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 Rogue (107.9 inches vs. 106.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Rogue.
The Discovery Sport S handles at .82 G’s, while the Rogue SL AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Discovery Sport S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Rogue SL AWD (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).
The Discovery Sport is 3.5 inches shorter than the Rogue, making the Discovery Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Rogue can only carry 5.
The Discovery Sport has .7 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue.
The Discovery Sport’s cargo area is larger than the Rogue’s in almost every dimension:
Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)
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 Rogue doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Discovery Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Rogue’s (4409 vs. 1102 pounds).
The Discovery Sport uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rogue 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.
The Discovery Sport has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rogue doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Discovery Sport has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Rogue doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional in the Rogue (except S), 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 Rogue doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Discovery Sport’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Rogue’s parking brake has to released manually.
The power windows standard on both the Discovery Sport and the Rogue 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 Rogue prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
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 Rogue’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
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 Rogue can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
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 Rogue’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 Rogue 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 Rogue doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Discovery Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan charges extra for heated mirrors on the Rogue.
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 Rogue’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 Rogue offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Discovery Sport and the Rogue 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 Rogue.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Discovery Sport HSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Rogue doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
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 is only available on the Rogue SV/SL.
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 Rogue doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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