For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q3 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q3 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.
Both the Q3 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.
The Q3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).
There are over 71 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q3’s warranty.
The Audi Q3’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Discovery Sport’s engine uses 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 rated the Q3 first among small premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in initial quality. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 64 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.
On the EPA test cycle the Q3 Quattro gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport (20 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q3 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
For better traction, the Q3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Discovery Sport (255/40R19 vs. 245/45R20).
The Q3’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery Sport SE’s standard 60 series tires. The Q3’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional 45 series tires.
The Audi Q3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The Q3 is 8.3 inches shorter than the Discovery Sport, making the Q3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Q3 is 9.3 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the Q3 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The design of the Audi Q3 amounts to more than styling. The Q3 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Discovery Sport (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q3 get better fuel mileage.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Q3. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
If the windows are left down on the Q3 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Discovery Sport can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q3 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 Q3 has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Q3 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Discovery Sport offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q3, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Audi Q3 outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by 23% during the 2016 model year.