2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2019 Lexus RX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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Safety

Both the Range Rover Evoque and RX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Range Rover Evoque has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The RX Series’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 RX Series.

The Range Rover Evoque’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The RX Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the RX Series 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, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the RX Series:

MPG

Evoque

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

R- Dynamic 2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

RX

AWD

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

19 city/26 hwy

3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

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 RX 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 RX Series Hybrid.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the RX Series.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Evoque

RX Series

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RX Series (245/45R21 vs. 235/65R18).

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RX Series’ largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (38.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (8.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 650 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The Range Rover Evoque is 1 foot, 8.4 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Evoque has a much larger cargo volume than the RX Series with its rear seat up (21.5 vs. 18.4 cubic feet).

Towing

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the RX Series’ (3968 vs. 0 pounds).

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the RX 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, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Range Rover Evoque’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 RX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Evoque owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Evoque with a number “3” insurance rate while the RX Series is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because it costs $45 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the RX Series, including $850 less for a water pump, $154 less for a starter, $1400 less for a timing belt/chain and $1777 less for a power steering pump.

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