2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 BMW X7

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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 X7 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and X7 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 X7’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.

Both the Discovery and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, 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 X7 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 X7 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 fuel mileage than the X7 xDrive40i (21 city/26 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the X7 (23.8 vs. 21.9 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

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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 X7, 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 2.2 feet tighter than the X7’s (40.6 feet vs. 42.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a 2.4 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (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 Land Rover Discovery may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the BMW X7.

The Discovery is 8.2 inches shorter than the X7, making the Discovery easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has .4 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room, .9 inches more third row headroom and .2 inches more third row legroom than the X7.

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 X7 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery has a standard third row seat that folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The X7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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 X7’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 X7’s (8201 vs. 5950 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 X7 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 X7 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 X7’s headlights that were rated “Good.”

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 X7 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 X7 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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 $2640 to $5775 less than the X7 over a five-year period.

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 X7 only retains 37.87% to 40.24%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Land Rover Discovery will be $25122 to $33732 less than for the BMW X7.

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