2021 Volvo XC60 vs. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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Safety

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The XC60’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.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volvo XC60 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Volvo XC60 offers optional built in child booster seats. They’re more crash worthy than an added child seat because of their direct attachment to the seat. Land Rover doesn’t offer the convenience and security of a built-in child booster seat in the Range Rover Evoque. Their owners must carry a heavy booster seat in and out of the vehicle; XC60 owners can just fold their built-in child seat up or down.

The XC60 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 XC60 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.

Both the XC60 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the XC60 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 132 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Evoque has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The XC60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the XC60 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 52 percent more Volvo dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XC60’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the XC60’s reliability 34 points higher than the Range Rover Evoque.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 31st in initial quality. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd.

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

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The XC60 has more powerful engines than the Range Rover Evoque:

Horsepower

Torque

XC60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T6 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder

316 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

400 HP

472 lbs.-ft.

XC60 T8 P.E. 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

246 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XC60 T5 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque:

XC60

Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

9 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.8 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.5 MPH

81.3 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XC60 Recharge running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque:

MPGe

XC60

Electric Motor

56 city/57 hwy

Range Rover Evoque

MPG

R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the XC60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque:

MPG

XC60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

26 city/28 hwy

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

T6 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

Range Rover Evoque

AWD

R-Dynamic 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

21 city/26 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

The XC60 T8 can drive on battery power alone for up to 19 miles. The Range Rover Evoque must run its internal combustion engine to move.

The XC60’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Range Rover Evoque (18.8 vs. 17.7 gallons).

The XC60 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

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For better stopping power the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

XC60 T8 P. E.

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.7 inches

The XC60’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Range Rover Evoque are solid, not vented.

The XC60 stops much shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

XC60

Range Rover Evoque

70 to 0 MPH

169 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (265/35R22 vs. 245/45R21).

The XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The XC60 T6/T8 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XC60’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 XC60’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (112.8 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XC60 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the track on the Range Rover Evoque.

The XC60 T6 AWD R-Design handles at .88 G’s, while the Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XC60 T5 AWD Momentum executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Evoque SE (26.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XC60’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Range Rover Evoque’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the XC60 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Range Rover Evoque (8.5 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the XC60 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The XC60 has 1.5 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover Evoque.

Cargo Capacity

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The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Range Rover Evoque with its rear seat up (30.2 vs. 21.5 cubic feet). The XC60 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Range Rover Evoque with its rear seat folded (63.3 vs. 50.5 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the XC60 easier. The XC60’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Range Rover Evoque’s liftover is 28.7 inches.

The XC60’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque’s in almost every dimension:

XC60

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.8”/68.7”

31.6”/63.3”

Max Width

43.5”

51.2”

Min Width

39.8”

41.4”

Height

30.6”

27.6”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the XC60. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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The XC60’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.

Consumer Reports rated the XC60’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Range Rover Evoque’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XC60 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XC60 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Volvo XC60 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The XC60 is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XC60 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the XC60 than the Range Rover Evoque, including $229 less for a muffler, $1 less for front brake pads, $63 less for fuel injection, $333 less for front struts and $272 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Volvo XC60, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque isn't recommended.

The Volvo XC60 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost three to one during 2019.

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