Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque VS 2012 BMW X3 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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2012 BMW X3

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door 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 BMW X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Range Rover Evoque’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X3 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 221) than the X3 xDrive28i’s standard 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the X3 xDrive28i (18 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/25 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque stops shorter than the X3:

Range Rover Evoque

X3

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X3 xDrive35i’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque has standard 19 inch wheels. Smaller 17 inch wheels are standard on the X3 xDrive28i. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 20 inch wheels are larger than the 18 inch wheels on the X3 xDrive35i.

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 X3, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 X3’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .82 G’s, while the X3 xDrive28i pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X3 xDrive28i (27.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X3’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the BMW X3.

The Range Rover Evoque is 11.5 inches shorter than the X3, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door has a much larger cargo area than the X3 with its rear seat up (20.3 vs. 19 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches. The X3’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 X3 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 X3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 X3 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Range Rover Evoque offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The X3 doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

The Range Rover Evoque’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The X3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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