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For enhanced safety, the GMC Terrain’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Terrain are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The GMC Terrain has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
Both the Terrain and the Range Rover Evoque 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
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 Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.
GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Terrain 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 10 times as many GMC dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Terrain’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that GMC vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 12th in initial quality. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 32nd.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that GMC vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks GMC 22nd in reliability. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.
The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 15 more horsepower (252 vs. 237) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 251) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.
As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine):
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On the EPA test cycle the Terrain AWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its standard engine (25 city/28 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Terrain uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Range Rover Evoque requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Terrain 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.
The Terrain has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (107.3 inches vs. 104.7 inches).
The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
The Terrain is 5.6 inches narrower on average than the Range Rover Evoque, making the Terrain easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The front grille of the Terrain 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 Terrain 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.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Terrain’s rear seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 20.3 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 51 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Terrain SLE/SLT/Denali’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
The Terrain’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Range Rover Evoque does not have an oil pressure gauge.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Terrain has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
Consumer Reports rated the Terrain’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Terrain has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Terrain (except SL) offers an optional 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.
The Terrain is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The GMC Terrain outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost 12 to one during 2018.
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