2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2019 Infiniti QX80

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Infiniti QX80 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and QX80 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery 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 QX80’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. But it costs extra on the QX80.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Discovery’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX80 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Discovery’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 QX80 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Discovery uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The QX80 uses a body-on-frame design that has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Discovery and the QX80 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available around view monitors.

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 413) than the QX80’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Infiniti QX80:

Discovery

QX80

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

11 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

3.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the QX80 AWD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Discovery supercharged V6 gets better fuel mileage than the QX80 AWD (16 city/21 hwy vs. 13 city/19 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery’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 QX80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Discovery, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX80.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Discovery P340’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the QX80:

Discovery P340

QX80

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

13.8 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the QX80:

Discovery

QX80

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

155 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX80 (285/40R22 vs. 275/60R20).

The Discovery’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX80’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Discovery HSE Luxury handles at .72 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Discovery’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the QX80’s (40.6 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the QX80 (11.1 vs. 9.2 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Land Rover Discovery may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1050 pounds less than the Infiniti QX80.

The Discovery is 1 foot, 3.1 inches shorter than the QX80, making the Discovery easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Discovery’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The QX80 uses body-on-frame design instead.

The front grille of the Discovery uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The QX80 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has 1.1 inches more third row headroom and 4.7 inches more third row legroom than the QX80.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Discovery when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The QX80 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The QX80 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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The Discovery has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The QX80 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 in the QX80, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury 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 QX80 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Discovery’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The QX80’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery and the QX80 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Discovery is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX80 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Discovery to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The QX80 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Discovery offers optional heated front, second and third row seats that keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Infiniti doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the QX80.

Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The QX80 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

The Discovery’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The QX80 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Discovery owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Discovery will cost $740 less than the QX80 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Land Rover Discovery will be $9324 to $19513 less than for the Infiniti QX80.

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