2019 BMW X6 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The X6’s optional 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.

The X6 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The BMW X6 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.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X6 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the X6 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, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The X6’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X6 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 X6’s warranty.

Reliability

The battery on the X6 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X6’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Range Rover Evoque’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the X6 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Range Rover Evoque isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 65 more horsepower (302 vs. 237) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 251) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X6 s/xDrive35i’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (302 vs. 286) than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X6 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 159 more horsepower (445 vs. 286) and 184 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 295) than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the X6 s/xDrive35i is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine):

 

X6

Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

87.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The X6 has 4.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (22.4 vs. 18.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The X6’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 X6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

 

X6 s/xDrive35i

X6 xDrive50i

Evoque

Evoque 286 HP

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.4 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.5 inches

12.5 inches

The X6’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the X6 has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Evoque (255/50R19 vs. 235/55R19). The X6’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The X6’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 X6 xDrive50i’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Range Rover Evoque. The X6 xDrive50i’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Range Rover Evoque.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X6 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 X6 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Land Rover doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Range Rover Evoque.

The X6 offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X6’s wheelbase is 10.8 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (115.5 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X6 is .8 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover Evoque.

The X6’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the Range Rover Evoque’s (58% to 42%). This gives the X6 more stable handling and braking.

The X6 xDrive35i handles at .88 G’s, while the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X6 xDrive35i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door (26.1 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Cargo Capacity

The X6 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (26.6 vs. 20.3 cubic feet). The X6 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (59.7 vs. 51 cubic feet).

Towing

The X6’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Evoque’s (6000 vs. 3306 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the X6 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 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 X6’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Range Rover Evoque.

The X6 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 X6 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 shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the X6 has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The X6 is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the X6 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the X6 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Range Rover Evoque is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X6 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost less on the X6 than the Range Rover Evoque, including $71 less for fuel injection and $113 less for front struts.

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