2019 BMW X1 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The BMW X1 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 X1 and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and driver alert monitors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X1 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 X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW 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 almost 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Evoque isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 73 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 77 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 251) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW X1 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine):

 

X1

Range Rover Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

23.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.3 sec

9.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.6 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the X1 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door:

 

 

 

MPG

X1

 

FWD

sDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

Range Rover Evoque

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (237 HP)

22 city/29 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (286 HP)

21 city/29 hwy

Transmission

The X1’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 X1’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

 

X1

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The X1’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 X1 stops shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

 

X1

Range Rover Evoque

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The X1’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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The X1 xDrive28i handles at .87 G’s, while the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The X1 xDrive28i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door (26.8 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Chassis

The BMW X1 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 750 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

The X1 is 6.3 inches narrower on average than the Range Rover Evoque, making the X1 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the BMW X1 amounts to more than styling. The X1 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 X1 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s available rear seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (27.1 vs. 20.3 cubic feet). The X1 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (58.7 vs. 51 cubic feet).

The X1’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque’s in almost every dimension:

 

X1

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

35.1”/69”

31.3”/62.2”

Max Width

51.5”

43.5”

Min Width

39.5”

39.2”

Height

33”

34.3”

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 45% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The X1 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 X1 has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the X1’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the X1 has a standard extendable sun visor. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The X1 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the Range Rover Evoque, including $36 less for front brake pads, $69 less for a fuel pump and $179 less for front struts.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X1 first among small premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Range Rover Evoque isn’t in the top three.

The X1 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 3 years. The Range Rover Evoque has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The BMW X1 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost four to one during the 2018 model year.

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