2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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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 UX Series.

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 UX Series 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.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the UX Series 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, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Engine

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 68 more horsepower (237 vs. 169) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 56 more horsepower (237 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 105 more horsepower (286 vs. 181) than the UX 250h’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the UX Series Hybrid.

Regardless of its engine, the Range Rover Evoque’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the UX Series Hybrid.

The Range Rover Evoque has 7.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.1 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Evoque has 5.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (18.1 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque 286 HP

UX Series

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

12.5 inches

11.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

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

The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque offers optional 20-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-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 UX Series; 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.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Evoque has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The UX Series’ 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 UX Series’ suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Evoque is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Chassis

The Range Rover Evoque is 5 inches shorter than the UX Series, 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 UX Series has no towing capacity.

The Range Rover Evoque has a much higher standard payload capacity than the UX Series (1100 vs. 890 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The Range Rover Evoque uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series 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 system optional in the UX Series, 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 power windows standard on both the Range Rover Evoque and the UX Series 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 UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The UX Series F SPORT’s 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 UX Series 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 UX Series.

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 UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque outsold the Lexus UX Series by almost 22 to one during 2018.

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