Spec comparison: Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Audi Q5 vs BMW X3 vs Mercedes-Benz M-Class vs Volvo XC60 vs Range Rover Evoque

Team OD  /
07 Sep 2015 15:37:53 IST

The Land Rover Discovery Sport combines the looks of the big Range Rover SUVs at a price closer to the Evoque. This alone will do wonders for the brand and we won't be surprised to see the Discovery Sport become one of the best selling products in JLR's current line-up. But when examined more closely, the Discovery Sport is quite the unique proposition at its price point of Rs 46-62 lakh. It's the only car in the segment to offer sevenseats but it is also one of the most compact, both in terms of length and wheelbase - some very clever packaging there from JLR.

Discovery Sport composite

Then we come to the powertrain. The 2.2-litre four cylinder turbo diesel is available in two forms - 150PS and 190PS respectively. The base 150PS TD4 is available in all but the most expensive HSE Luxury trim. This means that unless you fork out a minimum of Rs 60 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai (which translates to over Rs 70 lakh on road) you will only get the lower powered 150PS engine. That's quite a bit less than the competition, especially the BMW X3 which also offers a potent 258PS straight-six turbo diesel for less money than the top Disco Sport trims! On the plus side, all Discovery Sports will come with Land Rover's famed Terrain Response system which means that no matter the trim, this will probably be a capable off-roader. It is still a Haldex based all-wheel drive system like in the Audi Q5 so don't go expecting the same level of ability as the top Range Rovers that have full-time 4WD with low ratio capability.

Feature wise, the Disco Sport has quite the list, however, most of the good stuff like the adjustable dampers, adaptive xenon lamps, Meridian audio system, rear seat entertainment package is only available on the top variant. The entry level S TD4 has precious little and comes with manually adjustable fabric seats and halogen lights. There's no cruise control, auto dimming interior mirror or dual zone climate control. It's best worth skipping this model and considering either the HSE or HSE Luxury.

At this price point, the Discovery Sport competes with the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Volvo XC60 and also its stylish but smaller sibling, the Range Rover Evoque. It goes head to head with the Audi, BMW and Volvo in terms of size but all three are priced a little lower. The Mercedes is bigger and comes with the most powerful motors although the top V6 diesel does command a premium. For someone who isn't bothered with space and practicality the handsome Evoque makes another compelling case from the JLR stable.

Discovery Sport spec comparison

Land Rover Discovery Sport
Type Inline 4-cyl turbo diesel
Capacity (cc) 2179
Max Power (PS) 150/190
Max Torque (Nm) 400/420
Transmission 9-speed automatic
LxWxH (mm) 4600x2173 x1724
Wheelbase (mm) 2471
No of seats 5 (Optional 7)
Price range (ex-Mumbai) Rs 46-62 lakh
Audi Q5
Type Inline 4-cyl turbo diesel
Capacity (cc) 1968
Max Power (PS) 177
Max Torque (Nm) 380
Transmission 8-speed automatic
LxWxH (mm) 4629x2089 x1655
Wheelbase (mm) 2807
No of seats 5
Price range (ex-Mumbai) Rs 52-59 lakh
Type Inline 4-cyl turbo diesel/ Turbocharged inline 6 diesel
Capacity (cc) 1995/2993
Max Power (PS) 190/258
Max Torque (Nm) 400/560
Transmission 8-speed automatic
LxWxH (mm) 4657x2089 x1678
Wheelbase (mm) 2810
No of seats 5
Price range (ex-Mumbai) Rs 47-60 lakh
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Type Inline 4-cyl turbo diesel/ Turbocharged V6 diesel
Capacity (cc) 2143/2987
Max Power (PS) 206/258
Max Torque (Nm) 500/619
Transmission 7-speed automatic
LxWxH (mm) 4817x2141 x1762
Wheelbase (mm) 2915
No of seats 5
Price range (ex-Mumbai) Rs 55-66 lakh
Range Rover Evoque
Type Inline 4-cyl turbo diesel
Capacity (cc) 2179cc
Max Power (PS) 190PS
Max Torque (Nm) 420
Transmission 9-speed automatic
LxWxH (mm) 4335x2120 x1635
Wheelbase (mm) 2660
No of seats 5
Price range (ex-Mumbai) Rs 52.15-59.76 lakh
Volvo XC60
Type Inline 4-cyl turbo diesel/ Inline 5-cyl turbo diesel
Capacity (cc) 1984/2400
Max Power (PS) 181/215
Max Torque (Nm) 400/440
Transmission 8-speed automatic/ 6-speed automatic
LxWxH (mm) 4627x2120 x1713
Wheelbase (mm) 2774
No of seats 5
Price range (ex-Mumbai) Rs 48-56 lakh

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