Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport VS 2017 Audi Q5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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2017 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

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Both the Discovery Sport and Q5 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 Q5’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.

The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Q5 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 Q5 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.

To help make backing safer, the Discovery Sport HSE/HSE Luxury’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Q5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Discovery Sport has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Q5 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Discovery Sport and the Q5 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, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Engine Comparison

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The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (240 vs. 220) than the Q5 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:

 

Discovery Sport

Q5

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

12.6 inches

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (8.3 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Land Rover Discovery Sport may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Q5 can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has .8 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the Q5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Discovery Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q5.

 

Discovery Sport

Q5

Third Seat Removed

34.6 cubic feet

29.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

60 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

The Discovery Sport’s cargo area is larger than the Q5’s in every dimension:

 

Discovery Sport

Q5

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.8”/74.3”

36.5”/67”

Max Width

51.9”

n/a

Min Width

43.5”

41.3”

Height

30.6”

n/a

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 Q5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery Sport’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Q5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Discovery Sport has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige, 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 Q5 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 Q5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Q5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Discovery Sport has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q5 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Discovery Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Discovery Sport and the Q5 offer optional 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 Q5.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Optional InControl Apps for the Discovery Sport allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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