2021 Volvo XC90 vs 2021 Land Rover Discovery Comparison in Torrance, CA

When you need an SUV that's big enough to handle a large family plus the cargo that comes along with them, the 2021 Volvo XC90 is the perfect vehicle. Reliable, versatile, with three rows to seat up to seven, the 2021 XC90 was named to Car and Driver's Editors' Choice List and given an overall rating of 9.5/10. There are a lot of large luxury SUVs on the road today so it may be difficult to narrow down your choices so we've put together a side-by-side comparison for you below, pitting the 2021 XC90 against its rival, the 2021 Land Rover Discovery. Once you've collected all the data, we invite you to stop by the showroom at Volvo Cars South Bay to take a test drive and feel the difference that Volvo makes.

interior profile of 2021 volvo xc90 including second-row bucket seats

2021 Volvo XC90 VS 2021 Land Rover Discovery: Interior & Space

While you can fit up to seven in both the XC90 and the Discovery, only the 2021 XC90 gives you the option of choosing a configuration that seats six. Headroom and rear legroom are nearly identical in both vehicles but the 2021 XC90 gives you more legroom in the front seat and when it comes to cargo space, Volvo is the clear-cut winner. Behind the third row, the XC90 offers 15.8 cubic feet as opposed to the Discovery's 9.1 cubic feet and when you fold the rear two rows flat, the XC90 delivers a vast 85.7 cubic feet of space, over 11 cubic feet more space than the Discovery can provide. Accessing your cargo area is a snap in the 2021 XC90, thanks to the standard hands-free power liftgate, a feature that's available on higher trim levels of the Discovery.

Both the 2021 XC90 and the 2021 Discovery offer standard leather upholstery for the utmost in interior comfort but only the XC90 can take you to the pinnacle. A heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and heated front seats with massage functions are available on the XC90, while the Discovery only offers heated front seats.


bowers & wilkins sound system speakers of 2021 volvo xc90

2021 Volvo XC90 VS 2021 Land Rover Discovery: Technology

You'll have no trouble staying connected with the outside world while you're in the 2021 XC90 or the 2021 Discovery. Both come standard with the latest in infotainment technology, plus Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability. Both luxury vehicles offer multiple USB ports for convenient device charging but only the 2021 XC90 has standard wireless smartphone charging, a feature that's available on the higher trim levels of the 2021 Discovery. A standard quad-zone climate control keeps everyone in the XC90 comfortable but to do that in the Discovery, you'll have to climb some trim levels.

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2021 Volvo XC90 VS 2021 Land Rover Discovery: Performance & Efficiency

A common theme for many large luxury SUVs are big engines that sound nice on paper, but are a burden when it comes to paying at the gas pumps. The 2021 XC90 has plenty of performance with its standard 2.0-liter Direct Injected Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower, but it's also surprisingly efficient, getting up to 30 MPG on the highway. The 2021 Discovery can't even come close, getting only 22 MPG on the highway. If you want a large SUV that isn't a gas-guzzler, there's no better choice than the 2021 XC90.


rear aerial profile of 2021 volvo xc90 driving on empty street

2021 Volvo XC90 VS 2021 Land Rover Discovery: Safety Ratings

The most important category for every model on the road today is safety. Drivers need to be able to trust the car they're driving to keep them and their passengers as secure as possible. In this regard, the 2021 XC90 is the gold standard, boasting a perfect five-star safety rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ recognition from the IIHS. Few cars can claim to have the top safety award from just one of these agencies, and rare to be awarded by both. The 2021 Discovery simply can't match the 2021 XC90 when it comes to safety.

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2021 Volvo XC90 VS 2021 Land Rover Discovery: Summary

When all is said and done, the 2021 Volvo XC90 has more standard features, more safety accolades, plus better performance and fuel-efficiency than the 2021 Land Rover Discovery. Car and Driver said of the 2021 Discovery, "it doesn't offer the level of luxury buyers expect of an SUV in this class." When it comes to reliability, versatility, and luxury, there's no better choice than the 2021 XC90. To see the exciting 2021 XC90 for yourself, stop by the showroom at Volvo Cars South Bay in Torrance, CA and speak to any of our friendly Volvo experts on staff.

2021 Volvo XC902021 Land Rover Discovery
$49,000Starting MSRP*$53,900
250 HP / 258 lb-ftStandard Horsepower / Torque296 HP / 295 lb-ft
21 MPG / 30 MPGStandard Fuel Economy (City / Highway)19 MPG / 22 MPG
12.6 / 85.7 Cubic FeetCargo Capacity (Standard / Max)9.1 / 74.3 Cubic Feet
6 or 7 PassengersSeating Capacity 7 Passengers
Nappa LeatherStandard UpholsteryGrain Leather Trim
StandardApple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™Standard
StandardAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable
StandardBack-Up CameraStandard
Top Safety Pick+IIHS Top Safety PickNone

*As a model year progresses, changes may occur in some of the specs, features, options and pricing. The manufacturer reserves the right to make such changes. Prices listed are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Options may vary by region. See your Authorized Volvo Dealer for details.