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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 QX30.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Range Rover Evoque HSE/Autobiography’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The QX30 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Compared to metal, the Range Rover Evoque’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Infiniti QX30 has a metal gas tank.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the QX30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 and around view monitors.
The Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (237 vs. 208) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 78 more horsepower (286 vs. 208) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the QX30’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The QX30 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The Range Rover Evoque has 4.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.1 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Evoque has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the QX30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.1 vs. 14.8 gallons).
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque higher (7 out of 10) than the Infiniti QX30 (3). This means the Range Rover Evoque produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the QX30 every 15,000 miles.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the QX30.
For better stopping power the Range Rover Evoque’s brake rotors are larger than those on the QX30:
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For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX30 (245/45R20 vs. 235/50R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque offers optional 20-inch wheels. The QX30’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The Range Rover Evoque has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the QX30; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.
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 QX30’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 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the QX30.
The Range Rover Evoque’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the QX30’s (59.7% to 40.3%). This gives the Range Rover Evoque more stable handling and braking.
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX30 (8.3 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the QX30 with its rear seat up (20.3 vs. 19.2 cubic feet). The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the QX30 with its rear seat folded (51 vs. 34 cubic feet).
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Evoque’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The QX30 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.
The Range Rover Evoque has a 3306 lbs. towing capacity. The QX30 has no towing capacity.
The Range Rover Evoque uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The QX30 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.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The power windows standard on both the Range Rover Evoque and the QX30 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 QX30 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 QX30’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
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 QX30’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 QX30 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the QX30 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 QX30.
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 QX30 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 QX30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes in four door and soft top bodystyles; the Infiniti QX30 isn’t available as a soft top.
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 QX30 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the QX30 because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the QX30, including $438 less for a water pump, $185 less for a timing belt/chain and $1073 less for a power steering pump.
Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The QX30 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 QX30 has never been chosen.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque outsold the Infiniti QX30 by 22% during 2018.
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