2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 CR-V.

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 CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The Range Rover Evoque comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CR-V’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Range Rover Evoque’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CR-V’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Range Rover Evoque has a standard 700-amp battery. The CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 53 more horsepower (237 vs. 184) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 47 more horsepower (237 vs. 190) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 96 more horsepower (286 vs. 190) and 116 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine) is faster than the Honda CR-V:

 

Range Rover Evoque

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.7 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16 sec

16.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CR-V doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Evoque’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Evoque has 4.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (18.1 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque 286 HP

CR-V

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

12.5 inches

10.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-V (245/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Evoque has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover Evoque has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .83 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (26.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the CR-V (8.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Range Rover Evoque is 8.6 inches shorter than the CR-V, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Range Rover Evoque Convertible is 1.4 inches lower than the CR-V (17.6” vs. 19”).

Towing

The Range Rover Evoque’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the CR-V’s (3306 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The Range Rover Evoque uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CR-V uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the CR-V EX-L/Touring, 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 HSE/Autobiography offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Evoque and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Range Rover Evoque is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Range Rover Evoque’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Range Rover Evoque’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 CR-V 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 CR-V doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Range Rover Evoque has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Range Rover Evoque offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Range Rover Evoque HSE/Autobiography also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

When the Range Rover Evoque with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CR-V’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Range Rover Evoque offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the CR-V offer available 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 CR-V.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Range Rover Evoque has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Range Rover Evoque (except SE)’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CR-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes in four door and soft top bodystyles; the Honda CR-V isn’t available as a soft top.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Evoque owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Evoque with a number “3” insurance rate while the CR-V is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the CR-V, including $25 less for a starter and $237 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

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