2019 Infiniti QX30 vs. 2019 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 Infiniti QX30 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.

The Infiniti QX30 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 QX30 and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The QX30 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Range Rover Evoque’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX30 2 years and 20,000 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 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Evoque ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The QX30’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are over 23 percent more Infiniti dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the QX30’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 68 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 Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 84 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The QX30’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 Infiniti QX30 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine):

 

QX30

Range Rover Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.1 sec

23.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

9.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.7 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

130 MPH

Transmission

The QX30 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.

Brakes and Stopping

The QX30 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

 

QX30

Range Rover Evoque

 

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The QX30’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 QX30 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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the QX30’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (106.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The QX30 Sport 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 QX30 Sport 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).

For better maneuverability, the QX30 AWD’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Evoque’s (36.6 feet vs. 37.3 feet).

Chassis

The Infiniti QX30 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 950 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

The QX30 is 6.8 inches narrower on average than the Range Rover Evoque, making the QX30 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Infiniti QX30 amounts to more than styling. The QX30 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .31 to .34 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly 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 QX30 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the QX30 is 1.2 inches lower than the Range Rover Evoque Convertible (16.4” vs. 17.6”).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Land Rover. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti first in service department satisfaction. With a 64% lower rating, Land Rover is ranked 23rd.

Ergonomics

The QX30 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 QX30 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 QX30 has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Model Availability

The QX30 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 QX30 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because it costs $135 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX30 than the Range Rover Evoque, including $28 less for a muffler, $108 less for front brake pads, $144 less for a starter, $139 less for fuel injection, $225 less for a fuel pump and $306 less for front struts.

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The Infiniti QX30 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by 18% during 2017.

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