While some high-end automakers aim to make luxury SUVs that put design first and foremost, others know the art of melding style with utility to create a vehicle that’s as confident on rough terrain as it is in the showroom. 

In the battle between the 2017 Land Rover Discovery Sport and the 2017 BMW X3, one proves to be the more well-rounded ute that can handle Albany streets as well as hills and boulders. Read on to find out which SUV comes out ahead:

Land Rover Discovery Sport
Land Rover knows how to design an SUV that performs under any circumstances, so it offers one powertrain option and adds a Terrain Response system that lets you select one of several modes to optimize performance on rock, gravel, snow, grass, mud, or sand. Its standard Haldex all-wheel-drive system can sense where the tires have the best grip, and send power between the front and rear wheels in a seamless transition that keeps you in control.
The 2017 Discovery Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 240 horses of power and 250 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The BMW competitor has a few powertrain options, but no terrain response system. Instead, it has a one-size-fits-all Sport mode that increases engine responsiveness and stiffens the suspension, but does not adapt specifically to certain types of terrain. Similar to the Discovery Sport, it also has an intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

The X3’s base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. There’s also a diesel option that makes 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that makes 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. All engines are connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Land Rover Discovery Sport
The 2017 Discovery Sport is loaded with standard features, including a 5-inch color driver information display, 8-inch color infotainment display, 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity and streaming audio, first-row auxiliary and USB input, second-row USB ports, and a 12-volt power outlet. For your convenience, there’s also standard cruise control, rear parking sensors, rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, illuminated mirrors, and Land Rover InControl Remote and Protect, an app that gives you vehicle information and location. Finally, the new Discovery Sport offers partial leather seats and 8-way power adjustable front seats.
Premium features include heated and cooled seats, Head-Up Display, HomeLink universal garage door opener, a Meridian digital surround sound system, and a fixed-glass panoramic roof.
The 2017 X3 has standard steering wheel-mounted controls, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, iDrive display, AM/FM/CD/MP3, HD radio, and a 9-speaker audio system. Additionally, it comes with standard cruise control, climate control, universal garage door opener, power locks and windows, and BMW TeleService. It also has standard SensaTec seating and 8-way power adjustable front seats.
Premium options include a rearview camera, navigation, heated seating, active cruise control, premium audio, and sport seats.

Land Rover Discovery Sport
Starting at $37,695 MSRP
Starting at $39,250 MSRP
Category: Comparison
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Categories: Comparisons