2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2019 Lincoln Nautilus

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Safety

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Both the Discovery and Nautilus 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 Nautilus’ 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 Nautilus.

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 Nautilus doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Discovery and the Nautilus 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available around view monitors.

The Land Rover Discovery weighs 430 to 758 pounds more than the Lincoln Nautilus. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 90 more horsepower (340 vs. 250) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 280) than the Nautilus’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 5 more horsepower (340 vs. 335) than the Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 4 more horsepower (254 vs. 250) and 163 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 280) than the Nautilus’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 380) than the Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Nautilus AWD (21 city/26 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Nautilus (22.4 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Nautilus (23.8 vs. 18 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Nautilus

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Discovery’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Nautilus are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Nautilus (285/40R22 vs. 265/40R21).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Nautilus. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Nautilus.

The Discovery offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Nautilus, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare that limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the Nautilus (115 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Nautilus.

Chassis

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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 Nautilus doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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

The Discovery has 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Nautilus.

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 Nautilus doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery

Nautilus

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

37.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

68.8 cubic feet

The Discovery’s cargo area is larger than the Nautilus’ in almost every dimension:

Discovery

Nautilus

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

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

n.a./41.5”/75”

Max Width

55.6”

45”

Height

37”

31”

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Nautilus’ (8201 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Discovery is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Nautilus. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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

The power windows standard on both the Discovery and the Nautilus 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 Nautilus prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Discovery’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 Nautilus’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Nautilus doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Nautilus only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Discovery detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Nautilus doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Nautilus Select/Reserve/Black Label’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

When the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury 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 Nautilus’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Nautilus doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

Economic Advantages

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The Discovery will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Discovery will retain 47.79% to 49.86% of its original price after five years, while the Nautilus only retains 38.53% to 39.02%.

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