Comparison: 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport vs 2017 Audi Q5

 

The luxury crossover segment has a lot of models that look the part, but don’t know what to do once the terrain ahead is gravel, mud, sand, or snow. In Albany, you need a ride that can handle anything, so make sure you’re getting the real deal by doing comparison shopping. 

In the case of the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport versus the 2017 Audi Q5, the differences are subtle but important. Read on to see why New Yorkers time and again choose Land Rover: 

Performance

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Drivers who want off-road performance and luxury without compromise know that Land Rover is the one automaker that has them covered. These are utes you can take anywhere, from city streets to mountainous terrain. The Discovery Sport is equipped with a Terrain Response system that gives you settings according to the road you’re traveling, whether it’s General, Grass/Snow/Mud, Mud/Ruts, or Sand. This lets your vehicle intelligently optimize its center differential, steering, gear ratio, brakes, and stability control. 

The standard engine option on the 2017 Discovery Sport is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. It makes 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, and has a towing capacity of 4,400 pounds. Plus, the Land Rover crossover is available with towing aids, including a Rear View Camera, Trailer Stability Assist, and Surround Camera System. 

Audi Q5 

The Audi Q5 was designed to handle pavement elegantly, but it lacks some of the features that make the Land Rover an off-road champion. The 2017 Q5 has the Audi Drive Select system, which lets drivers set modes like Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, and Individual. The settings don’t directly pertain to the type of driving surface, making it less intuitive to use in potentially critical situations. 

The Q5’s base engine is also a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, but it comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and tows up to 4,400 pounds. 

Interior

Land Rover Discovery Sport

If you've got tall passengers (or are one yourself), you're going to love getting into the Discovery Sport's cabin. With deep-set seats, leather seating trim, and a raised second row that both slides and reclines, you're in the lap of luxury. Plus, you'll have 32.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and when you fold them, you'll have 66.9 cubes. So if you’re more into glamping than camping, this is the ute for you. 

Audi Q5 

Being a luxury brand, Audi knows how to craft a beautiful cabin. Though not as spacious or feature-laden as the Discovery Sport, the Q5 does offer seating for five passengers and a comfortable, roomy rear. It features 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up, and when you fold the 40/20/40 split rear seats, that expands to 57.3 cubic feet. 

The outdoorsy type may gravitate toward the Land Rover for obvious reasons, but the practical types among you may favor it for its lower price tag. Either way, we encourage you to come in for a test drive. 

Pricing

Land Rover Discovery Sport

Starting at $37,695 MSRP

Audi Q5 

Starting at $40,900 MSRP

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