2020 GMC Terrain vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 height adjustable 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.

Both the Terrain and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, 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.

Warranty

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.

Reliability

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.

Engine

The Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (252 vs. 246) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Terrain AWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque with its standard engine (25 city/28 hwy vs. 20 city/27 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.

Tires and Wheels

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.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Terrain’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (107.3 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Terrain w/17” wheels’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Evoque’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 500 pounds less than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

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.

Passenger Space

The Terrain has 1.1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 5.9 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Evoque.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque with its rear seat up (29.6 vs. 21.5 cubic feet). The Terrain has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 50.5 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.

Ergonomics

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 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.

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

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.

Model Availability

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.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the Terrain than the Range Rover Evoque, including $138 less for a starter, $54 less for fuel injection and $443 less for front struts.

Recommendations

The GMC Terrain outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost 12 to one during 2018.

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