Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Escape VS 2017 Land Rover Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2018 Ford Escape

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2017 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Escape are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery Sport doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Escape and the Discovery Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Escape 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Discovery Sport. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Discovery Sport ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 18 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Escape’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Escape second among compact SUVs in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Discovery Sport isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 28th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Escape Titanium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (245 vs. 240) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 250) than the Discovery Sport’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Escape 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Land Rover Discovery Sport:

 

Escape

Discovery Sport

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.8 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escape AWD 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport (22 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy). The Escape AWD 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Discovery Sport (20 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/25 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Escape uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Discovery Sport requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Escape has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escape stops much shorter than the Discovery Sport:

 

Escape

Discovery Sport

 

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Escape’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Discovery Sport SE’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escape 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 Escape’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Escape Titanium AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Discovery Sport HSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Escape may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The Escape is 3 inches shorter than the Discovery Sport, making the Escape easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Escape is 9 inches narrower than the Discovery Sport, making the Escape easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the Escape (except 2.0L ECOBoost) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escape has 1.1 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the Discovery Sport.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escape has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Discovery Sport with all its rear seats folded (68 vs. 60 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium’s exterior keypad. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Escape Titanium has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escape owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Escape will cost $865 to $2180 less than the Discovery Sport over a five-year period.

The Escape will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Escape will retain 45.44% to 49.07% of its original price after five years, while the Discovery Sport only retains 42.65% to 42.95%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Escape will be $15202 to $18322 less than for the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Escape has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Escape

Discovery Sport

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Ford Escape outsold the Land Rover Discovery Sport by over 21 to one during the 2016 model year.

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