2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs 2018 Ford Explorer Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport

HORSEPOWER

  340 hp

ENGINE TORQUE

  332 ft-lbs.


2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

HORSEPOWER

  290 hp

ENGINE TORQUE

  255 ft-lbs.

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs 2018 Ford Explorer

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Crossovers are famous for merging the best of both worlds: the SUV and the four-door sedan. However, in many instances, a lot of what makes an SUV an SUV - the ruggedness and all-weather driving ability - is significantly diminished. Not so for the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Ford Explorer. Indeed, it was the Explorer that is often credited with starting Americans' love affair with the SUV when it debuted in 1991 as a compact ride. The Discovery Sport is a much newer arrival; its first iteration hit showrooms in 2014. However, by its 2018 model year - its fourth - the Discovery Sport had made a name for itself as one of the best luxury-oriented compact SUVs around. And in certain aspects, it presents itself as a better choice than the 2018 Ford Explorer.

Off-Road Capability

Unlike most crossover SUVs, the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport and the 2018 Ford Explorer use a four-wheel drivetrain, rather than the standard all-wheel drive. While the all-wheel drive is great for enhancing traction when driving on surfaces made slippery by rain, snow, or ice, the four-wheel drive goes further. It is also great for other less-than-ideal driving surfaces or situations, such as mud, rocks, sand, and grass. And each vehicle has an all-terrain management system to ensure that your powertrain is adjusted according to the type of driving surface for optimal performance. But the Discovery Sport goes even further by being able to be submerged in up to 23.6 inches of water without sustaining damage; it's a capability not present on the Explorer.

Standard Features

Since the Land Rover brand is designated as a luxury marquee, the 2018 Discovery Sport has standard features that would either require you to upgrade in trim on the 2018 Ford Explorer or are unavailable altogether. Such features include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, three USB ports (instead of one), push-button start, a 10-speaker audio system (instead of a six-speaker setup), an 8-inch touchscreen (instead of a 4.2-inch one), a rearview camera with rear parking sensors, and the InControl Remote app for executing functions with your smartphone.

Standard Cargo Volume

For a compact vehicle like the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport, it provides a considerable amount of standard cargo volume, which is the area between the rear seats and the liftgate. You will get 34.6 cubic feet of space to store and transport your luggage. Although classified as a larger, midsize SUV, the 2018 Ford Explorer offers 21 cubic feet, which is 13.6 less cubic feet than what its Land Rover counterpart offers.

Ready to check out more of what the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport offers, rather than the 2018 Ford Explorer? Visit us at our Houston dealership today. We have a robust collection of vehicles to make your pick from, not to mention a great team of Land Rover experts to guide you every step of the way as you select the ride that best fits your preferences. Call us today to set up a time to test-drive the Discovery Sport.


All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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