2020 Land Rover Discovery vs. 2020 Volvo XC90

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Safety

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To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery. But it costs extra on the XC90.

Both the Discovery and the XC90 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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 90 more horsepower (340 vs. 250) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 24 more horsepower (340 vs. 316) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 4 more horsepower (254 vs. 250) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 295) than the XC90 T6’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery is faster than the XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

Discovery

XC90

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.2 sec

11.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.1 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Discovery Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (22.4 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90’s standard fuel tank (23.8 vs. 18.8 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 XC90 (285/40R22 vs. 275/45R20).

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 XC90, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare that has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the Discovery uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90that uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XC90 (8.7 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the XC90 w/Air Suspension (11.1 vs. 9.9 inches).

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 XC90 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.6 inches more third row headroom, 1.6 inches more third row legroom and .3 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.

Discovery

XC90

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

35.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

88.3 cubic feet

65.5 cubic feet

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 XC90 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Towing

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The Discovery’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC90’s (8201 vs. 4000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Discovery is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the XC90. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

A Service Interval Indicator is standard on the Discovery to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC90.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the XC90, 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’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 XC90’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Discovery offers optional heated front, second and third row seats that keep the driver and passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Volvo doesn’t offer heated seats in the third row of the XC90.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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