2020 Ford Explorer vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Explorer 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 Explorer has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply 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 Explorer ST/Platinum has standard Reverse Brake Assist 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 Explorer and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

Warranty

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Explorer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Evoque. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Evoque ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 18 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability

The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 75 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The Explorer has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Evoque:

Horsepower

Torque

Explorer 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

300 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

Explorer 3.3 DOHC V6 hybrid

318 HP

322 lbs.-ft.

Explorer Platinum 3.0 turbo V6

365 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Explorer ST 3.0 turbo V6

400 HP

415 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

246 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Explorer V6 Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (20.2 vs. 17.7 gallons).

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Explorer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a nine-speed automatic is available for the Range Rover Evoque.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Explorer ST’s optional brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

Explorer ST

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

14.3 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Evoque (255/65R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Explorer ST/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (275/45R21 vs. 245/45R21).

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the Explorer can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Explorer’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 13.5 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (119.1 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover Evoque.

Chassis

The front grille of the Explorer (except 3.3 V6 non-Hybrid) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Explorer Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Explorer has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover Evoque can only carry 5.

The Explorer has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 3 inches more front legroom, 5.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 5.2 inches more rear legroom and 6.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Evoque.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Explorer’s middle row seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque.

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Third Seat Folded

47.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

21.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

87.8 cubic feet

50.5 cubic feet

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

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20.8”/49.8”/83.9”

n.a./31.6”/63.3”

Max Width

59”

51.2”

Min Width

48.1”

41.4”

Height

33.7”

27.6”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Explorer’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Explorer. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is limited to 3968 pounds. The Explorer offers up to a 5600 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Explorer is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Range Rover Evoque. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer’s exterior PIN entry system. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Explorer Platinum has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Explorer Limited/ST/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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 Explorer is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Ford Explorer outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by over 26 to one during 2018.

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