Volvo xc60 vs range rover discovery sport

Trying to figure out which of these cars to buy? We compare the Volvo xc60 vs range rover discovery sport to make an informed buying decision as to which car to buy in 2020. This comparison has been carried out on the basis of prices, engine specifications, mileage, and features of these cars.

Volvo xc60 vs range rover discovery sport

land rover discovery sport

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Discovery Sport. But it costs extra on the XC60.

Both the Discovery Sport and the XC60 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, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Discovery Sport’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Volvo only offers a regenerative brake system on the XC60 T8.

The Discovery Sport has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60 T8 Plug-In Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Discovery Sport has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC60’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).

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Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Discovery Sport, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XC60.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Discovery Sport 286 HP’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XC60:

 Discovery SportDiscovery Sport 286 HPXC60 T5XC60 T6/T8
Front Rotors12.8 inches13.8 inches12.7 inches13.6 inches

The Discovery Sport stops shorter than the XC60:

 Discovery SportXC60 
60 to 0 MPH122 feet131 feetMotor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The Discovery Sport has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XC60’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front and rear suspension of the Discovery Sport uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC60, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Discovery Sport HSE handles at .82 G’s, while the XC60 T8 eAWD Momentum pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Discovery Sport is 3.6 inches shorter than the XC60, making the Discovery Sport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Discovery Sport offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the XC60 can only carry 5.

The Discovery Sport has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear legroom than the XC60.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Discovery Sport’s middle row seats recline. The XC60’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Discovery Sport’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC60.

 Discovery SportXC60
Third Seat Removed34.6 cubic feet30.2 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded62.8 cubic feet50.6 cubic feet

The Discovery Sport’s cargo area is larger than the XC60’s in almost every dimension:

 Discovery SportXC60
Length to seat (2nd/1st)38.8”/74.3”37.8”/68.7”
Max Width51.8”n/a
Min Width43.5”n/a
Height29.6”30.6”

Towing

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The Discovery Sport’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XC60’s (4409 vs. 3500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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A Service Interval Indicator is standard on the Discovery Sport to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Volvo doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the XC60.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XC60, 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’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 XC60’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Discovery Sport the driver can close them all from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the XC60 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Discovery Sport has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The XC60 doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Compare 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs 2019 Volvo XC60

2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport2019 Volvo XC60Add Vehicle
2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport2019 Volvo XC60Add Vehicle
Select styleHSE 286hp 4WDSelect styleT5 AWD Inscription
 Show Only Differences
Pricing
Invoice Price
$46,718$46,483
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$49,700$49,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$828 / month$824 / month
The Car Connection’s Take
TCC Rating
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport delivers a more affordable, more carlike interpretation of the Land Rover mystique, but it’s still capable where and when it needs to be.The 2019 Volvo XC60 is the full picture: advanced powertrains, gorgeous interior, subtle exterior.
TCC Likes
Capable off-roadWell-equipped at every trim levelHandsome exteriorNew, affordable front-wheel drive offeringGorgeous interiorCompetent powertrains
TCC Dislikes
No standard heated seats?Somewhat thirstyPricey uprated engineCan get pricey quicklyNot especially fuel efficient without a plugRequires premium fuel
Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg20 mpg
Highway
25 mpg27 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.356.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.238
Passenger Capacity
55
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.458.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.338
Front Leg Room (in)
4241.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.738
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.865.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.38.5
Length, Overall (in)
180.7184.6
Height, Overall (in)
67.965.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.265.2
Wheelbase (in)
107.9112.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.674.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.717.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
66.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
32.717.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
43.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
37.8
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
30.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
68.8
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.5
Brakes
Disc – Front (Yes or )
YesYes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.813.6
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc4-Wheel Disc
Drum – Rear (Yes or )
NANA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel
Disc – Rear (Yes or )
YesYes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.812.6
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NANA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.118.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-PinionRack-Pinion
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft)
38.137.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NANA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR20P235/55HR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NANA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR20P235/55HR19
Spare Tire Size
CompactCompact
Front Tire Order Code
NANA
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5520
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4105
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 X 819 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
AluminumAluminum
Spare Wheel Material
SteelNA
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 X 819 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
CompactCompact
Rear Wheel Material
AluminumAluminum
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct InjectionGasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
295 @ 1500258 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NANA
Displacement
2.0 L/1222.0 L/120
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
286 @ 5500250 @ 5500
Engine Oil Cooler
None
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City (MPG)
2020
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
2223
EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy (MPG)
2527
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.381.46
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.801.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.705.25
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.700.81
Trans PTO Access
No
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.901.95
Trans Type
98
Transfer Case Power Take Off
No
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.001.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NANA
Drivetrain
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.804.01
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.843.03
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.580.67
Trans Order Code
NANA
Transfer Case Model
None
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.33
Summary
Body Code
S
Body Style
Sport UtilitySport Utility
Vehicle Name
Land Rover Discovery SportVolvo XC60
Suspension
Axle Type – Rear
Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) – Rear
4.54
Suspension Type – Front
StrutDouble Wishbone
Axle Type – Front
Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) – Front
4.54
Suspension Type – Rear
Multi-LinkMulti-Link
Suspension Type – Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.07.7
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
3500
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
180

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