Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport VS 2017 Toyota Rav4 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport

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2017 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

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Both the Discovery Sport and Rav4 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 Rav4’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 Rav4.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Discovery Sport’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Rav4 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

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 Rav4 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 Rav4’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 Rav4’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

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The Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 64 more horsepower (240 vs. 176) and 78 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Discovery Sport is faster than the Toyota Rav4:

 

Discovery Sport

Rav4

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.9 MPH

84.1 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Discovery Sport has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Discovery Sport’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:

 

Discovery Sport

Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/Limited

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The Discovery Sport stops shorter than the Rav4:

 

Discovery Sport

Rav4

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Discovery Sport has larger standard tires than the Rav4 (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (245/45R20 vs. 235/55R18).

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 Rav4 LE/XLE’s standard 65 series tires. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Rav4 Limited/Platinum’s 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 Rav4 LE/XLE. The Discovery Sport HSE/HSE LUX’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Rav4 Limited/Platinum.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rav4’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 Rav4’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Discovery Sport’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Rav4 (107.9 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery Sport is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Rav4.

The Discovery Sport HSE handles at .82 G’s, while the Rav4 XLE pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Discovery Sport HSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Rav4 XLE (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery Sport has a 2.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (8.3 vs. 6.1 inches), allowing the Discovery Sport to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Rav4 can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has .4 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Discovery Sport’s cargo area is larger than the Rav4’s in almost every dimension:

 

Discovery Sport

Rav4

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.8”/74.3”

37”/74.1”

Max Width

51.9”

52.5”

Min Width

43.5”

43.2”

Height

30.6”

37”

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the Rav4 Limited/Platinum, 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Discovery Sport and the Rav4 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 Rav4 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 Rav4’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited’s 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 Rav4 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Discovery Sport HSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Rav4 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Discovery Sport’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the Rav4 XLE/SE/Limited.

The Discovery Sport’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Rav4’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Rav4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Discovery Sport and the Rav4 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 Rav4.

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 Rav4 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

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 Rav4 XLE/Limited/Platinum.

Both the Discovery Sport and the Rav4 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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