2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 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 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Golf Alltrack has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Golf Alltrack has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Golf Alltrack (except S) offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Golf Alltrack and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Golf Alltrack the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 155 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Golf Alltrack comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Range Rover Evoque’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

The Golf Alltrack’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (10 vs. 6 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf Alltrack’s warranty.

Reliability

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Range Rover Evoque’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 57 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 90 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Golf Alltrack gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque:

MPG

Golf Alltrack

AWD

Manual

1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

Auto

1.8 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Range Rover Evoque

AWD

Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Range Rover Evoque requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Golf Alltrack offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Golf Alltrack offers an optional 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.

Tires and Wheels

The Golf Alltrack’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Golf Alltrack’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Range Rover Evoque’s (35.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 700 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

The design of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack amounts to more than styling. The Golf Alltrack has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Evoque (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Golf Alltrack get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Golf Alltrack has 1.2 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.8 inches more rear legroom than the Range Rover Evoque.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 21.5 cubic feet). The Golf Alltrack has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Golf Alltrack easier. The Golf Alltrack’s trunk lift-over height is 24.8 inches, while the Range Rover Evoque’s liftover is 28.7 inches.

The Golf Alltrack’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque’s in almost every dimension:

Golf Alltrack

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/69.1”

31.6”/63.3”

Max Width

50.2”

51.2”

Min Width

39.6”

41.4”

Height

29.2”

27.6”

Ergonomics

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Golf Alltrack (except S) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Golf Alltrack SE/SEL has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque isn’t available as a four door.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Range Rover Evoque has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The Range Rover Evoque has never been chosen.

The Volkswagen Golf/GTI outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by over four to one during 2018.

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