2020 Volvo XC40 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC40 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The XC40’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the XC40 and Range Rover Evoque 5-Door have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XC40 offers optional 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 Range Rover Evoque’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.

The XC40 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XC40 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The XC40 offers an optional CTA Auto Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Volvo XC40 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the XC40 and the Range Rover Evoque 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC40 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The XC40’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC40 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Range Rover Evoque.

There are over 72 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC40’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the XC40 has a standard 800-amp battery. The Range Rover Evoque’s 700-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volvo vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 28th in initial quality. With 16 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 Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volvo 29th in reliability. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 30th.

Engine

The XC40 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 11 more horsepower (248 vs. 237) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 251) than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the XC40 T5 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (base engine):

XC40

Range Rover Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.4 sec

23.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

130 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XC40 gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door:

MPG

XC40

FWD

T4 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

AWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Range Rover Evoque 5-Door

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. (237 HP)

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. (286 HP)

21 city/29 hwy

The XC40 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.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XC40’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

XC40

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

The XC40 stops shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

XC40

Range Rover Evoque

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The XC40’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The XC40 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC40’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XC40’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (106.4 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

The XC40 T5 R-Design AWD handles at .85 G’s, while the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The design of the Volvo XC40 amounts to more than styling. The XC40 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .34 Cd. That is lower than the Range Rover Evoque (.35 to .39). A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XC40 get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity

The XC40 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat up (20.7 vs. 20.3 cubic feet). The XC40 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door with its rear seat folded (57.5 vs. 51 cubic feet).

The XC40’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque’s in almost every dimension:

XC40

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.9”/65.7”

31.3”/62.2”

Max Width

47.8”

43.5”

Min Width

39.5”

39.2”

Height

29.4”

34.3”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the XC40’s optional rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The XC40’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Range Rover Evoque’s (3500 vs. 3306 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door is only 3968 pounds. The XC40 offers up to a 4630 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The XC40’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Range Rover Evoque’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The XC40 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XC40 has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Consumer Reports rated the XC40’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

Model Availability

The XC40 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The Volvo XC40 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by 25% during 2018.

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