Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque VS 2014 Audi Q5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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2014 Audi Q5

Safety Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque offers optional Intelligent Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Q5 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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 Q5 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.

To help make backing safer, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Q5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Range Rover Evoque’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Q5 2.0T Hybrid Prestige 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Q5’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

Engine Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 more horsepower (240 vs. 220) than the Q5 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 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 Q5 2.0T (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque stops shorter than the Q5:

Range Rover Evoque

Q5

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 Q5 2.0T’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q5 2.0T.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .82 G’s, while the Q5 pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Q5’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Q5 (8.3 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The Range Rover Evoque may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Audi Q5.

The Range Rover Evoque is 11.1 inches shorter than the Q5, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the Range Rover Evoque’s driver can lower all the windows using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Q5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 Q5 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 Q5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Q5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Evoque owner. Kiplinger’s estimates that insurance for the Range Rover Evoque will cost $255 to $466 less than the Q5 each year.

Recommendations Comparison

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Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Range Rover Evoque is ranked first in the Near-Luxury Utility category. The Audi Q5 is ranked below average. The Range Rover Evoque received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.”

Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The Q5 has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Range Rover Evoque as the 2012 North American Truck of the Year. The Q5 has never been chosen.

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