2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2019 Mercedes GLA

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 GLA 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 GLA’s 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 GLA.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLA doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the GLA 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque weighs 478 to 779 pounds more than the Mercedes GLA. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Range Rover Evoque’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the GLA’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (246 vs. 208) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the GLA 250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GLA doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Range Rover Evoque has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 250’s standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Evoque has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLA 45 AMG’s standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 14.8 gallons).

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 a seven-speed automatic is available for the GLA.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Range Rover Evoque’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the GLA:

Evoque

GLA

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GLA (245/45R21 vs. 235/50R18).

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

The Range Rover Evoque has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GLA; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The Range Rover Evoque has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The GLA 250 suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Evoque is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the GLA.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a 3.5 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the AMG GLA 45 (8.3 vs. 4.8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Range Rover Evoque’s minimum ground clearance is 3 inches higher than on the GLA 250 (8.3 vs. 5.3 inches).

Passenger Space

The Range Rover Evoque has .5 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.9 inches more rear headroom, 6.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the GLA.

Cargo Capacity

The Range Rover Evoque has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the GLA with its rear seat up (21.5 vs. 17.2 cubic feet). The Range Rover Evoque has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the GLA with its rear seat folded (50.5 vs. 43.6 cubic feet).

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

Range Rover Evoque

GLA

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

31.6”/63.3”

31.6”/63”

Max Width

51.2”

41.8”

Min Width

41.4”

41”

Height

27.6”

28.3”

Towing

The Range Rover Evoque has a 3968 lbs. towing capacity. The GLA has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Range Rover Evoque uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The GLA uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The Range Rover Evoque’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GLA doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GLA doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 GLA doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Range Rover Evoque has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the GLA only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Evoque offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GLA doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Range Rover Evoque detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GLA doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Range Rover Evoque is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The GLA’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the GLA offer optional heated front seats. The Range Rover Evoque also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GLA.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Range Rover Evoque HSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The GLA doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The GLA doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 GLA is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the GLA because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the GLA, including $605 less for a water pump, $120 less for a muffler, $45 less for front brake pads, $159 less for a starter, $42 less for fuel injection and $849 less for a power steering pump.

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