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 RDX.
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 RDX only offers a rear monitor.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
The Range Rover Evoque’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RDX’s (6 vs. 5 years).
Land Rover pays for scheduled maintenance on the Range Rover Evoque for 1 year and 15000 miles. Land Rover will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the RDX.
The camshafts in the Range Rover Evoque’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The RDX’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the RDX’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Range Rover Evoque has a standard 700 amp battery. The RDX’s 550 amp battery isn’t as powerful.
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the RDX AWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RDX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
The Range Rover Evoque has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (245/45R20 vs. 235/60R18).
The Range Rover Evoque’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 RDX’s standard 60 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the RDX’s 60 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque has standard 19-inch wheels. Only 18-inch wheels are available on the RDX. The Range Rover Evoque offers optional 20-inch wheels.
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 RDX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .82 G’s, while the RDX AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the RDX’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RDX (8.3 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Range Rover Evoque is 12 inches shorter than the RDX, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door’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 RDX’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 RDX’s 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 RDX 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 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The RDX doesn’t offer headlight washers.
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 RDX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Range Rover Evoque offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RDX doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the RDX offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Range Rover Evoque has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The RDX doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Range Rover Evoque offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The RDX 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 RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.