2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q5 and Range Rover Evoque 5-Door have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q5 has 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 Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Audi Q5 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 Q5 and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 75 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q5’s warranty.

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Range Rover Evoque’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Q5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (248 vs. 237) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 251) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi Q5 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2.0:

 

Q5

Range Rover Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.5 sec

23.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover Evoque requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Q5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Q5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

 

Q5

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.5 inches

The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Range Rover Evoque are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

 

Q5

Range Rover Evoque

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R20).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 6.3 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (111 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the Audi Q5 amounts to more than styling. The Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Evoque (.35 to .39) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Q5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 20.3 cubic feet). The Q5 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 51 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Evoque’s (4400 vs. 3306 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Range Rover Evoque. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The Q5 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the Range Rover Evoque.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Q5 has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q5 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost less on the Q5 than the Range Rover Evoque, including $22 less for front brake pads, $52 less for fuel injection, $96 less for a fuel pump and $173 less for front struts.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Audi Q5 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost eight to one during the 2018 model year.

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