Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Land Rover DISCOVERY VS 2017 BMW X5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Land Rover DISCOVERY

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2017 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Discovery 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 BMW X5 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.

Both the Discovery and X5 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Discovery 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 X5’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. But it costs extra on the X5.

To help make backing safer, the Discovery 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 X5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Discovery and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Engine Comparison

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The Discovery’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 40 more horsepower (340 vs. 300) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 300) than the X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

The Discovery’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 413) than the X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Discovery Gas’ standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the X5 (23.5 vs. 22.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Discovery’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the X5:

 

Discovery

X5

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Discovery’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X5 (285/40R22 vs. 275/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Discovery offers optional 22-inch wheels. The X5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Discovery offers an optional full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the X5, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Discovery is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the X5.

For better maneuverability, the Discovery’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X5’s (40.4 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Discovery has a greater minimum ground clearance than the X5 (8.7 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Discovery to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Discovery Air Suspension’s minimum ground clearance is 2.9 inches higher than on the X5 (11.1 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

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The front grille of the Discovery uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Discovery has .2 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

The Discovery offers an optional rear tailgate seat that can be flipped rearward and used for tailgate picnics. (Do not use seat reversed while vehicle in motion.) The X5 doesn’t offer a rear tailgate seat.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Discovery’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.

 

Discovery

X5

Third Seat Folded

40.2 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

43.5 cubic feet

35.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

77.3 cubic feet

76.7 cubic feet

The Discovery has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The X5 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Discovery’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The X5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Discovery’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Discovery’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 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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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X5, the Discovery HSE/HSE Luxury has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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Optional air conditioned the front and second row seats keep the Discovery’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The X5 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.

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