Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport VS 2016 Mazda CX-5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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2016 Mazda CX-5

Safety Comparison

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Both the Discovery Sport and CX-5 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery Sport has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The CX-5’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery Sport. But it costs extra on the CX-5.

The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CX-5 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Discovery Sport’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Discovery Sport and the CX-5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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The Discovery Sport comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The CX-5’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Discovery Sport’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CX-5’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 85 more horsepower (240 vs. 155) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 150) than the CX-5’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (240 vs. 184) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 185) than the CX-5’s optional 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery Sport is faster than the Mazda CX-5 2.5 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Discovery Sport

CX-5

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.9 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Discovery Sport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CX-5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Discovery Sport has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Sport has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-5:

 

Discovery Sport

CX-5

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

11.7 inches

The Discovery Sport stops shorter than the CX-5:

 

Discovery Sport

CX-5

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Discovery Sport has larger standard tires than the CX-5 (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-5 (245/45R20 vs. 225/65R17).

The Discovery Sport SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5’s standard 65 series tires. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CX-5’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery Sport SE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CX-5. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the CX-5.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Discovery Sport offers an optional 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 CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the CX-5 (107.9 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-5.

The Discovery Sport HSE handles at .82 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Discovery Sport HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the CX-5 can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has .1 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and .8 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery Sport’s middle row seats recline. The CX-5’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Discovery Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the CX-5.

 

Discovery Sport

CX-5

Third Seat Removed

34.6 cubic feet

34.1 cubic feet

The Discovery Sport’s cargo area is larger than the CX-5’s in almost every dimension:

 

Discovery Sport

CX-5

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.8”/74.3”

38.7”/64.7”

Max Width

51.9”

57.1”

Min Width

43.5”

41.3”

Height

30.6”

34.6”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery Sport’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Discovery Sport also offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When three different drivers share the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions and outside mirror angle. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Discovery Sport offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery Sport and the CX-5 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Discovery Sport is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 CX-5’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

On a hot day the Discovery Sport’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CX-5 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Discovery Sport’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CX-5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Discovery Sport offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CX-5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Discovery Sport has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Discovery Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the CX-5 Grand Touring.

When the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CX-5’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Discovery Sport and the CX-5 offer available heated front seats. The Discovery Sport also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CX-5.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Discovery Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Discovery Sport has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CX-5 Grand Touring.

Both the Discovery Sport and the CX-5 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Discovery Sport has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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