2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs BMW X3 Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Fuel Capacity

  18.0 gal

Cargo Space

  34.6 cu. ft.

2018 BMW X3

2018 BMW X3

Fuel Capacity

  17.2 gal

Cargo Space

  28.7 cu. ft.

2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs 2018 BMW X3

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Combing the interior space and off-road capabilities of an SUV, the fuel efficiency and easygoing driving dynamics of a four-door sedan, and the advanced equipment of a luxury-branded vehicle - all wrapped up with a reasonable price tag - it's no surprise that compact luxury crossovers are very popular with the buying public. Two entries from this class worth checking out are the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport and the 2018 BMW X3, which are alike in their European approach to luxury driving: ultra-comfortability and technological refinement. Both vehicles offer such attributes in abundance. Ultimately, though, you'll get more out of the Discovery Sport than the X3, and here's why.

Off-Road Ability

More so that most compact luxury SUVs - including the 2018 BMW X3 - the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport is designed for extreme off-road adventures. With a standard four-wheel drive, the Discovery Sport is not just able to combat wheel slippage on surfaces compromised by rain, snow, or ice. It can also withstand rocky, bumpy, or unpaved terrain. The drivetrain comes with a terrain response system that allows you to select your driving mode based on the type of driving surface you're traversing. By comparison, the BMW X3 would enable you to choose an all-wheel drivetrain, which is suitable for optimal traction performance on slippery surfaces, but is ultimately not beefy enough to handle the wilderness. Also, the Discovery Sport is designed to be submerged in up to 23.6 inches of water without sustaining damage; it's a capability not present on the BMW X3.

Towing Ability

Also worthy of mentioning - in addition to its prime design for off-roading - is the Discovery Sport's towing ability. With a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder (I4) tied to a 9-speed automatic transmission, and with the aforementioned four-wheel drivetrain present, the vehicle can tow up to 4,409 lbs. As for the BMW X3, regardless of powertrain configuration, it comes with a maximum towing capability of 4,400 lbs., which is 9 lbs. short of the Discovery Sport's peak.

Standard Cargo Volume

The 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport provides a sizeable amount of cargo volume. Between the rear seats and the liftgate is 34.6 cubic feet of space for holding your baggage. On the 2018 BMW X3, you would get 28.7 cubic feet, which is 5.9 less cubic feet than what its Land Rover counterpart offers.

To check out the 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport for yourself, rather than the 2018 BMW X3, give us a call today at our dealership in Houston, Texas. We have a great collection of Discovery Sport units to choose from, and one of our Land Rover sales experts will be more than willing and happy to assist you with getting into the one that best fits your needs. Contact us to set up an appointment with one of our sales specialists today for a test drive.

* All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

** Professional driver(s) on a closed course. Do not attempt.

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