2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Jeep Wrangler

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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 Jeep Wrangler doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and Wrangler 4-door 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 Wrangler’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.

The Discovery has standard head airbag curtains for all three seat rows which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Wrangler doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.

The Discovery has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking that use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wrangler offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Discovery’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Discovery offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Wrangler only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

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 Wrangler 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 Wrangler uses a body-on-frame design that has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Discovery and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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The Discovery comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty that covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Wrangler’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 70 more horsepower (340 vs. 270) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 295) than the Wrangler’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 55 more horsepower (340 vs. 285) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Jeep Wrangler turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Discovery

Wrangler

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

15.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

82.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Wrangler 4-door V6 hybrid Auto (21 city/26 hwy vs. 19 city/22 hwy).

Regardless of its engine, the Discovery’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Jeep only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Wrangler Auto.

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 2-door’s standard fuel tank (22.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Wrangler 4-door’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 21.5 gallons).

Transmission

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The Land Rover Discovery comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Wrangler.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Wrangler

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

12.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.9 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

n/a

13.4 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 on the Wrangler are solid, not vented.

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Wrangler:

Discovery

Wrangler

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

148 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Discovery’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The Discovery’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Wrangler Sport. The Discovery’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Wrangler Sahara.

Suspension and Handling

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The Land Rover Discovery’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle that allows the Discovery’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Discovery has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Jeep Wrangler has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Discovery has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Wrangler.

The Discovery HSE Luxury handles at .72 G’s, while the Wrangler Sahara 4-door pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Discovery HSE Luxury executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Wrangler Rubicon 4-door (28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Air Suspension has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Wrangler Rubicon 2-door (11.1 vs. 10.8 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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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 Wrangler uses body-on-frame design instead.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Discovery has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Wrangler can only carry up to 5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery’s middle row seats recline. The Wrangler’s rear 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 Wrangler doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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

Discovery

Wrangler

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

31.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

72.4 cubic feet

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

Discovery

Wrangler

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

11.8”/44.1”/77.3”

n.a./37”/65.8”

Max Width

55.6”

42”

Min Width

39.3”

39.5”

Height

37”

30”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Discovery’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Wrangler doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Discovery’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Wrangler 2-door’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

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 Wrangler’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Discovery has a standard power liftgate that opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

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The Discovery uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Wrangler 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.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Wrangler 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 Wrangler has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Discovery’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Discovery’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 Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its front windows open automatically.

The Discovery’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

If the windows are left open on the Discovery the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. The driver of the Wrangler can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Discovery’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

The Discovery has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Wrangler’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Discovery has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Discovery has standard power remote mirrors. The Wrangler Sport doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Discovery’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Jeep only offers heated mirrors on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.

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 Wrangler’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Discovery has standard 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 Wrangler offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Discovery and the Wrangler offer available heated front seats. The Discovery also offers optional heated second row seats and the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury offers optional heated third row seats to keep all passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Wrangler.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Discovery 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 costs extra on the Wrangler.

Both the Discovery and the Wrangler offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Discovery has available rear air-conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Wrangler doesn’t offer rear air-conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 Wrangler doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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