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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the GMC Yukon XL are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Yukon XL are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Discovery doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Yukon XL has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Discovery doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
Both the Yukon XL and the Discovery 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Yukon XL 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 9 times as many GMC dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yukon XL’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 12th in initial quality. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 22nd in reliability. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The Yukon XL’s standard 5.3 V8 produces 15 more horsepower (355 vs. 340) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The Yukon XL Denali’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 80 more horsepower (420 vs. 340) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 332) than the Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Yukon XL V8’s fuel efficiency. The Discovery doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Yukon XL uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Yukon XL Denali for maximum performance). The Discovery requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Yukon XL, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Discovery.
For better traction, the Yukon XL has larger standard tires than the Discovery (265/65R18 vs. 235/65R19).
The GMC Yukon XL’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Discovery only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Yukon XL has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Discovery doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Yukon XL has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Discovery. Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
The Yukon XL offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Discovery’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Yukon XL AT4/Denali has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Discovery doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yukon XL’s wheelbase is 19.1 inches longer than on the Discovery (134.1 inches vs. 115 inches).
The Yukon XL offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Discovery can only carry up to 7.
The Yukon XL has 2.9 inches more front headroom, 5.4 inches more front legroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom, .3 inches more third row headroom and 3.2 inches more third row legroom than the Discovery.
The Yukon XL’s cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery.
Behind Third Seat
41.5 cubic feet
11.8 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
93.8 cubic feet
40.2 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
144.7 cubic feet
88.3 cubic feet
A standard locking glovebox and optional locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Yukon XL. The Discovery doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Yukon XL has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Discovery doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Yukon XL’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Discovery does not have an oil pressure gauge.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Yukon XL has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery doesn’t offer extendable visors.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the GMC Yukon XL SLT/AT4/Denali has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Discovery doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
The Yukon XL has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Discovery doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Yukon XL is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Land Rover Discovery by over 8 to one during 2019.
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