2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs. 2020 Ford Escape

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Safety

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Both the Range Rover Evoque and Escape 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 Escape’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 Escape.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Range Rover Evoque’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Escape doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Escape only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Escape 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, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Range Rover Evoque comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Escape’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Range Rover Evoque’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Escape’s camshafts. If the Escape’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine

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The Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 65 more horsepower (246 vs. 181) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 190) than the Escape’s standard 1.5 turbo 3-cylinder. The Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid produces 46 more horsepower (296 vs. 250) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 280) than the Escape’s optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine) is faster than the Ford Escape (base engine):

Range Rover Evoque

Escape

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

8.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.6 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Range Rover Evoque has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape FWD’s standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Range Rover Evoque has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escape AWD’s standard fuel tank (17.7 vs. 15.7 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

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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 Ford Escape (5 to 7). This means the Range Rover Evoque produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Escape every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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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 Escape.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Range Rover Evoque

Escape

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

13 inches

The Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Escape are solid, not vented.

The Range Rover Evoque stops shorter than the Escape:

Range Rover Evoque

Escape

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

128 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

129 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque has larger standard tires than the Escape (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Escape (245/45R21 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Escape’s standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Escape’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Escape. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Escape.

Suspension and Handling

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The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Escape’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Evoque is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Escape.

The Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE handles at .80 G’s, while the Escape Titanium AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escape (8.3 vs. 7.3 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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

Towing

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The Range Rover Evoque’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Escape’s (3968 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The Range Rover Evoque uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Escape 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

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Escape SEL/Titanium, 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 fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Escape’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Escape’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Escape 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 Escape doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Escape SE/SEL/Titanium.

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 Escape’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Range Rover Evoque’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Escape offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Escape offer available 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 Escape.

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 Escape doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Escape.

The Range Rover Evoque has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Escape Titanium.

Economic Advantages

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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 Escape 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 Escape because typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the Escape, including $8 less for a water pump, $917 less for a muffler, $459 less for a timing belt/chain and $398 less for a power steering pump.

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