2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Volkswagen Atlas

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2020 Land Rover Discovery

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Safety

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Both the Discovery and Atlas 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 Atlas’ 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 Atlas.

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 Atlas doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Engine

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 105 more horsepower (340 vs. 235) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 258) than the Atlas’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 64 more horsepower (340 vs. 276) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 266) than the Atlas’ optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 19 more horsepower (254 vs. 235) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 258) than the Atlas’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 177 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 266) than the Atlas’ optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the Volkswagen Atlas V6:

Discovery

Atlas

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

13 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.7 MPH

81.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Discovery Td6 gets better fuel mileage than the Atlas V6 4Motion (21 city/26 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Atlas (22.4 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 5.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Atlas (23.8 vs. 18.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Discovery Td6

Discovery P340

Atlas

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.3 inches

13.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.2 inches

The Discovery stops much shorter than the Atlas:

Discovery

Atlas

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Atlas (285/40R22 vs. 265/45R21).

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 Atlas SEL Premium’s optional 45 series tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Discovery has standard front and rear stabilizer bars that help keep the Discovery flat and controlled during cornering. The Atlas’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Atlas (8.7 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 3.1 inches higher than on the Atlas (11.1 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis

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The Discovery is 3.2 inches shorter than the Atlas, making the Discovery easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Atlas doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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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 Atlas 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 Atlas doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

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 Atlas doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Atlas’ (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 Atlas. 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 Atlas SEL/SEL Premium, 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’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 Atlas 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 Atlas doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Atlas can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 Atlas only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as 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 Atlas doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Atlas’ optional 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.

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 Atlas offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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

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

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 is only available on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium.

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 Atlas only retains 39.77% to 41.75%.

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