The 2021 Land Rover Discovery Sport is as solid as they come. Its sharp style, roomy interior and high performance makes it a force to be reckoned with. But can it compete with the 2021 Volvo XC60, an SUV which has received praise for its all and front wheel drive, host of safety and infotainment features and potent powertrains?

Design & Style

The XC60 is a luxury vehicle capable of comfortably seating five, and it does so with panache. It manifests the minimalistic style that the brand has become known for, while conveying both elegance and taste. Those that are fortunate enough to sit in the cabin will be treated to premium leather and authentic wood, and it is free of the black plastic that is so frequently found its rivals. Its digital displays are large and unobtrusive and the seats provide excellent back support. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is exceptionally detailed. It has a bluff front with a rear that is rectilinear, and within the cabin passengers are presented with scenery that is reserved yet pleasing, with metallic and leather surfaces and the option of three digital displays. Upholstery with contrasting colors looks the best.

Technology & Safety

The Discovery Sport is well equipped to protect its passengers from almost any calamity. It has a camera with surround view, cruise and lane control, emergency automated brakes and the ability to monitor blind spots. Cabin amenities include Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, 12 inch instrument panel, climate control and powered seats. The Volvo XC60 has received a perfect NHTSA 5 star rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick award, a feat that few SUVs have accomplished. It is equipped with all of the safety gear found in the Land Rover, including driver assist, parking sensors and power lift gate. Amenities within its cabin include nappa leather, keyless start, heated seats and climate control which cover four zones.

Performance

The Volvo XC60 is equipped with a turbo 4, 2 liter engine that can generated 250 horsepower that is wedded to an automatic eight speed transmission. The Land Rover Discovery Sport is also equipped with a turbo 4 that is 2 liter and capable of generating 246 horsepower that enables it to blaze from zero to sixty in just 7.1 seconds.

The Bottom Line

Though the Discovery Sport and XC60 are basically tied when it comes to performance, the Volvo has more safety credentials, and the Land Rover's seats are too stiff, its gas mileage is middling and the third row is tighter than it should be, so the XC60 wins.

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