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Volvo XC60 OR LandRover Discovery Sport - suggestion please

Hi Friends,

Need suggestion:

I am planning to buy a SUV type car where I have explored little bit and finally the following cars are in my list,

Volvo XC60 D4 Ocean race (181PS, 2.4 liter Diesel)
Landrover Discovery Sport HSE (190PS. 2.2 liter Diesel)

However they have their own advantage like,
  • Volvo 5 years guarantee, 10 years free service etc
  • LR 3 years service and guarantee, 7 seat , touch screen navigation etc

Budget wise both are same with tiny difference of +- 2 K. Driving comfort is more in LR though it does not have the feature like Adaptive Cruise Control, City safety package which are available in Volvo.


Here in Swiss, the feedback for Volvo is good as it has more users. But personally I like LR where I am not able to find any user feedback. Ofcourse this is brand new model released on 26th Feb 2015, but in overall I would like to know the feedback about Land Rover , like maintenance, reliability etc.

Any suggestions, feedback by comparing this 2 cars would helps.

Thank you for your time.

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Old 10.03.2015, 15:14
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Re: Volvo XC60 OR LandRover Discovery Sport - suggestion please

Land Rover and reliability rarely feature positively together!!

Saying that though the newer stuff is pretty well screwed together and their warranty is good. The Volvo pack (service and warranty is exceptional and better budgets costs going forward).

Active cruise control is overrated, even though the latest generation is much better.

The LR brand is very strong at the moment which means residuals are firming up nicely - but Volvo is still ahead on that front. Also remember the Disco Sport is new so will have both very good residuals but also potential new model problems.

Depending on spec think about:
- Sat nav: Touch screen (LR) or controller based (Volvo)
- Leather: heavy texture (Volvo) smooth (LR)
- Seats: 5 or 7
- Equipment: Is the base equipment you want an expensive option or included? Make sure you compare like for like

They both have "dated" engines - the 2.4 is being phased out by Volvo over the next few years - and the 2.2 is very much due for replacement by LR.

Finally - try and drive both of them. How do you find the ride? The handling? Seats? controls?
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Re: Volvo XC60 OR LandRover Discovery Sport - suggestion please

never ever buy a car based on it having GPS anyway!!! factory fit GPS's are crap, total overpriced crap, sure its nice to have an integrated system but a tomtom runs rings round factory fitted systems in both price and functionality / useability and upgrade costs
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never ever buy a car based on it having GPS anyway!!! factory fit GPS's are crap, total overpriced crap, sure its nice to have an integrated system but a tomtom runs rings round factory fitted systems in both price and functionality / useability and upgrade costs
The market disagrees with you. More and more buyers are expecting it in new and used cars. Furthermore the systems are far more than just navigation - integrated controls for heating/ventilation, entertainment, bluetooth connectivity, lighting, gearbox controls - and on and on it goes.

Furthermore you'll note my post was more about the way the driver interacts with the system. LR used touchscreen - which is nice in an iPad way but not overly good when you are driving (witness Clarkson trying to use the F-type's) - the Volvo system is controller based - which means following a set of predefined paths - which may feel too regimented.

Bizarrely a couple of years ago, Jaguar's sat-nav system refused to accept the existence of France
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Re: Volvo XC60 OR LandRover Discovery Sport - suggestion please

hehehhehe people are idiots within a minute of trying to use bmw/mini's stupid controller joystick system I wanted to smash it, a few of our cars have come with factory fitted gps and I can honestly say we didn't (don't) use them, it would never make me choose one car over another
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Furthermore you'll note my post was more about the way the driver interacts with the system. LR used touchscreen - which is nice in an iPad way but not overly good when you are driving (witness Clarkson trying to use the F-type's)
Jobsworth comment coming up, so here goes. Why would you be trying to operate something like a GPS system of any kind whilst driving, push button, touchscreen or anything else? Surely it's an accident in the making. I watched Clarkson on Top Gear last night doing exactly that and reaffirmed my belief that he is indeed a c0ck end, alluding to the point that changing a setting on a touch screen was impossible driving at 1,000mph, backwards, whilst doing doughnuts and reading a book.

That aside and back towards the OP's topic, I wouldn't be swayed by a built in GPS either. Whilst I agree that built in looks better aesthetically and is often connected to a million other gadgets in the car, the cost up updates in some models is just outrageous. I had a Volvo V60 as a hire car 2yrs ago and was told not to loose the disc supporting the SatNav as a replacement was best part of 600 (six hundred) and I know others with Audi's who also claim that a replacement disc/update is very expensive. However, a TomTom/Garmin windscreen mounted GPS is really unsightly, but much more flexible.

To the original question, the choice between the 2 is not easy to work out. The size difference between the 2 is quite different, with the XC60 being smaller than the LR. It depends what you'll be doing with the vehicle. If you're doing more genuine off-road, then it would be the LR. If you want cheaper bills (Fuel and Tyres) then I'd suggest the Volvo might be cheaper. Although for servicing both are quite expensive. Both have good looks. Volvos are a little samey, so if you want something a little different then you don't see too many LR here.
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Jobsworth comment coming up, so here goes. Why would you be trying to operate something like a GPS system of any kind whilst driving, push button, touchscreen or anything else? Surely it's an accident in the making.
Have you tried turning on the heated seats in a Jaguar/Land Rover?

Guess what - you have to go to the ventilation page on the touchscreen and then tap the "increase".

And, "YES", that follows the accepting of the message that using the unit can be a distraction!!
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Re: Volvo XC60 OR LandRover Discovery Sport - suggestion please

Thanks for the suggestions.


Well driving comfort is much better in Land rover. Even the visibility on blind spot is good with that height.


Volvo - it is rough and tough car, solid feeling. When we are comparing seats, not so smooth as dodgyken said.


My most of comfort feeling factors are towards LR Disco though I am not good in analyzing technical factors.
Now there are some latest development which is again putting me into think further - in LR currently they have engine from Peugeot (2.2) and by next year they are going to replace with Jaguar engine 2.0. But no official confirmation yet. This is leading me to another challenge to decide is it really matters to me apart from energy efficiency.
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