Discovery Sport

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Discovery Sport HSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sportage SX Turbo AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Discovery Sport HSE (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sportage’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Discovery Sport’s (34.8 feet vs. 38.3 feet).


The Kia Sportage may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The Sportage is 4.6 inches shorter than the Discovery Sport, making the Sportage easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Sportage is 8.5 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the Sportage easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Kia Sportage amounts to more than styling. The Sportage has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Discovery Sport (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sportage get better fuel mileage.


Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Sportage to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Sportage has standard extendable sun visors. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Sportage is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.


Consumer Reports? recommends the Kia Sportage, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sportage third among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three.

The Kia Sportage outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by almost seven to one during 2018.

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