2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Explorer and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Explorer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Evoque. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Evoque ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 18 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability

The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Explorer third among midsize 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 Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 79 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

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

Horsepower

Torque

Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

280 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.5 DOHC V6

290 HP

255 lbs.-ft.

Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6

365 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

246 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Explorer has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (18.6 vs. 17.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

13.85 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

11.8 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

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

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Evoque (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (255/50R20 vs. 245/45R21).

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (112.8 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 3 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover Evoque.

Chassis

The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Explorer offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover Evoque can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, 4.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 5.7 inches more rear legroom and 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Evoque.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque.

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

21.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

50.5 cubic feet

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

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.7”/49”/79.8”

n.a./31.6”/63.3”

Max Width

48”

51.2”

Min Width

40”

41.4”

Height

45.5”

27.6”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Explorer Sport/Platinum’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Explorer. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is limited to 3968 pounds. The Explorer offers up to a 5000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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

The Explorer (except Base/XLT) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Explorer 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 Explorer is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the Range Rover Evoque, including $123 less for front brake pads, $372 less for a starter, $316 less for fuel injection, $235 less for a fuel pump and $462 less for front struts.

Recommendations

The Ford Explorer outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by over 26 to one during 2018.

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