2018 Volvo V60 vs. 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the V60 and Range Rover Evoque 5-Door have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 offers optional power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Range Rover Evoque’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Volvo V60 offers optional built in child seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat and because they provide five point harnesses like those in race cars. Land Rover doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child safety seat in the Range Rover Evoque. Their owners must carry a heavy child seat in and out of the vehicle; V60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Volvo V60 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the V60 and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the V60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The V60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Evoque.

There are over 75 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the V60’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the V60 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Range Rover Evoque’s 700-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 22nd in reliability. With 42 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The V60 has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Evoque:

 

Horsepower

Torque

V60 T5 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

V60 T6 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

302 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

V60 Polestar 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

362 HP

347 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

237 HP

251 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

286 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the V60 T5 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2.0:

 

V60

Range Rover Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.3 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the V60 AWD gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque:

 

 

V60

Range Rover Evoque

 

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (240 HP)/Auto

22 city/33 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (302 HP)/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volvo V60 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Range Rover Evoque requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the V60 Polestar’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

 

V60 Polestar

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque 286 HP

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

The V60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 60 series tires. The V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (109.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The V60 T5 handles at .84 G’s, while the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V60 T5 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door (27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Chassis

The Volvo V60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Cargo Capacity

The V60 has a much larger cargo area than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (28 vs. 20.3 cubic feet).

The V60’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque’s in every dimension:

 

V60

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

38.5”/68.9”

31.3”/62.2”

Min Width

42.9”

39.2”

Ergonomics

The V60 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the V60 has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Model Availability

The V60 is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the V60 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the V60 will cost $590 to $5955 less than the Range Rover Evoque over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the Range Rover Evoque, including $46 less for an alternator, $84 less for front brake pads, $127 less for a starter, $193 less for fuel injection, $443 less for front struts, $98 less for a timing belt/chain and $30 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volvo V60 will be $3529 to $11829 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Recommendations

The Volvo 60 Series outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by 40% during 2017.

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