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Both the Range Rover Evoque and XT5 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 XT5’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 XT5.
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 XT5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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.
The Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 9 more horsepower (246 vs. 237) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the XT5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid produces 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 271) than the XT5’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.
Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque higher (7 out of 10) than the Cadillac XT5 (6). This means the Range Rover Evoque produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XT5 every 15,000 miles.
For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (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 XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XT5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the XT5’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT5 (8.3 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Range Rover Evoque is 1 foot, 5.5 inches shorter than the XT5, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Range Rover Evoque’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT5’s (3968 vs. 1000 pounds).
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XT5 Premium Luxury/Sport, 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.
The Range Rover Evoque’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The XT5’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
The Range Rover Evoque’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 XT5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
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 XT5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The Range Rover Evoque HSE offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the XT5.
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 XT5 is rated higher at a number “8” rate.
The Range Rover Evoque will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Range Rover Evoque will retain 42.85% to 47.25% of its original price after five years, while the XT5 only retains 38.42% to 39.59%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the XT5 because it costs $400 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the XT5, including $226 less for a water pump, $230 less for a muffler, $438 less for a timing belt/chain and $447 less for a power steering pump.
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