2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 BMW X5

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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 BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and X5 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 X5’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 X5.

Both the Discovery and the X5 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, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 5 more horsepower (340 vs. 335) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 330) than the X5 s/xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 330) than the X5 s/xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better city fuel mileage than the X5 s/xDrive40i xDrive (21 city/26 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 (23.8 vs. 21.9 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X5 (285/40R22 vs. 275/40R21).

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 X5, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Discovery’s turning circle is .8 feet tighter than the X5’s (40.6 feet vs. 41.4 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a 2.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (11.1 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The design of the Land Rover Discovery amounts to more than styling. The Discovery has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd (optional .35 Cd with Td6). That is lower than the X5 (.36 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Discovery get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has .4 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery’s middle row seats recline. The X5’s middle row seats don’t recline.

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 X5 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.

Discovery

X5

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

33.9 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

72.3 cubic feet

The Discovery’s cargo area is larger than the X5’s in almost every dimension:

Discovery

X5

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

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

n.a./40.7”/70”

Max Width

55.6”

49”

Height

37”

31.5”

The Discovery’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the X5’s (8201 vs. 6603 pounds).

Ergonomics

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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 X5 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 X5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Discovery’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the X5’s headlights that were rated “Fair.”

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 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 X5 only retains 43.16% to 47.45%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Land Rover Discovery will be $4558 to $18510 less than for the BMW X5.

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