2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2019 BMW X1

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door 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 BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Range Rover Evoque. But it costs extra on the X1.

The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The X1 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Range Rover Evoque’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X1 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the X1 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and driver alert monitors.

Engine

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (237 vs. 228) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (286 vs. 228) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Range Rover Evoque has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (18.1 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X1.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover Evoque 286 HP’s brake rotors are larger than those on the X1:

 

Range Rover Evoque 286 HP

X1

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

11.8 inches

The Range Rover Evoque stops shorter than the X1:

 

Range Rover Evoque

X1

 

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque has larger standard tires than the X1 (235/55R19 vs. 225/50R18). The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (245/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque offers optional 20-inch wheels. The X1’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Evoque is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the X1.

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .86 G’s, while the X1 xDrive28i pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (8.3 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Range Rover Evoque is 3.4 inches shorter than the X1, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Payload and Towing

The Range Rover Evoque has a 3306 lbs. towing capacity. The X1 has no towing capacity.

The Range Rover Evoque has a much higher standard payload capacity than the X1 (1100 vs. 899 lbs.).

The Range Rover Evoque has a higher maximum payload capacity than the X1 (1100 vs. 900 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Range Rover Evoque has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X1 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X1, the Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Range Rover Evoque’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X1 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Range Rover Evoque to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The X1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Evoque offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The X1 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The X1’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Range Rover Evoque HSE/Autobiography’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the X1 offer optional heated front seats. The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the X1.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Range Rover Evoque (except SE/Landmark) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes in four door and soft top bodystyles; the BMW X1 isn’t available as a soft top.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the X1 because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the X1, including $472 less for a water pump, $328 less for a muffler, $123 less for a starter, $28 less for fuel injection, $676 less for a timing belt/chain and $818 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The X1 has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Range Rover Evoque as the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The X1 has never been chosen.

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