To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery Sport. But it costs extra on the XC60.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Discovery Sport’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The XC60 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
Both the Discovery Sport and the XC60 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, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The Discovery Sport’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the XC60’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The Discovery Sport has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The XC60 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the XC60.
The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the XC60 can only carry 5.
The Discovery Sport has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XC60.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery Sport’s middle row seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Discovery Sport has a much larger cargo area than the XC60 with its rear seat up (34.6 vs. 30.8 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Discovery Sport with 5+2 Seating’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XC60 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the XC60, the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Discovery Sport 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 XC60 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Discovery Sport’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 XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
If the windows are left down on the Discovery Sport the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the XC60 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Optional air conditioned seats in the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The XC60 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.
The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The XC60 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.