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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Tucson 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 Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Discovery Sport only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Tucson and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.
The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Discovery Sport’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Discovery Sport’s (7 vs. 6 years).
Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Discovery Sport.
There are over 4 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tucson’s reliability 34 points higher than the Discovery Sport.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 97 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
On the EPA test cycle the Tucson AWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport turbo 4 cyl. (22 city/25 hwy vs. 19 city/24 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Tucson uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
For better traction, the Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (245/45R19 vs. 235/60R18).
The Tucson has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Discovery Sport’s suspension doesn’t offer rear gas-charged shocks.
For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (34.9 feet vs. 38.3 feet).
The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 750 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The Tucson is 4.6 inches shorter than the Discovery Sport, making the Tucson easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Tucson is 8.7 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the Tucson easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The Tucson has .1 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Discovery Sport.
The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat up (31 vs. 4.1 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 55.6 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson’s liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Tucson has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Tucson is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $425 to $2935 less than the Discovery Sport over a five-year period.
The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 47.11% to 48.69% of its original price after five years, while the Discovery Sport only retains 40.04% to 43.9%.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $19395 to $23274 less than for the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Land Rover Discovery Sport isn't recommended.
The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over 11 to one during 2019.
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