2021 Volkswagen Atlas vs. 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Atlas 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 Atlas has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Atlas SEL/SEL Premium has standard Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Atlas SEL Premium has a standard Overhead View Camera 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 Atlas and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Atlas the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 198 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Discovery Sport has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Atlas’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Discovery Sport’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Volkswagen pays for scheduled maintenance on the Atlas for 2 years and 20,000 miles. Volkswagen 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 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Atlas’ warranty.

Reliability

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The Volkswagen Atlas’ engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Discovery Sport’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 25th in initial quality. With 17 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 Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 90 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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The Atlas’ optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (276 vs. 246) than the Discovery Sport’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Atlas uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Atlas has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Discovery Sport (18.6 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Atlas’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Discovery Sport are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Atlas has larger standard tires than the Discovery Sport (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Atlas SEL Premium’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (265/45R21 vs. 235/60R18).

Suspension and Handling

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The Atlas’ drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Atlas’ wheelbase is 9.4 inches longer than on the Discovery Sport (117.3 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Atlas is 3 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Discovery Sport.

Passenger Space

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The Atlas has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.9 inches more third row headroom, 8.1 inches more third row legroom and 7.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Atlas’ cargo area provides more volume than the Discovery Sport.

Atlas

Discovery Sport

Behind Third Seat

20.6 cubic feet

4.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.5 cubic feet

23.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

96.8 cubic feet

55.6 cubic feet

The Atlas’ cargo area is larger than the Discovery Sport’s in every dimension:

Atlas

Discovery Sport

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

23.8”/53”/85”

8.9”/38.1”/69.7”

Max Width

61.6”

52.1”

Min Width

45”

43.5”

Height

37.5”

n/a

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Atlas. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Atlas’ available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under 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.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Discovery Sport is limited to 4409 pounds. The Atlas offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Atlas SE/SEL/SEL Premium has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the Atlas to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The Atlas (except S) offers an optional 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 Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Atlas is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Atlas owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Atlas will cost $270 less than the Discovery Sport over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Atlas will be $6686 to $10132 less than for the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Recommendations

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The Volkswagen Atlas outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by almost seven to one during 2019.

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