Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW X1 VS 2015 Land Rover Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW X1

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2015 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

The BMW X1 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.

The X1 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X1 and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The X1’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Evoque’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X1 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW 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 almost 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X1’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The battery on the X1 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the X1’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Range Rover Evoque’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The X1 sDrive/xDrive28i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 250) than the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The X1 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (300 vs. 240) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 250) than the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X1 sDrive/xDrive28i xDrive gets better fuel mileage than the Range Rover Evoque (22 city/32 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

X1 s/xDrive28i

X1 xDrive35i

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

13.7 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

13.2 inches

11.9 inches

The X1’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Range Rover Evoque are solid, not vented.

The X1 stops shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

X1

Range Rover Evoque

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The X1’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Range Rover Evoque’s standard 55 series tires. The X1’s optional 225/35R19 front and 255/30R19 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Range Rover Evoque’s optional 45 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the X1 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the X1’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (108.7 inches vs. 104.8 inches).

The X1’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.4% to 50.6%) than the Range Rover Evoque’s (58% to 42%). This gives the X1 more stable handling and braking.

The X1 xDrive35i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door (26.7 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X1’s rear seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the X1 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Range Rover Evoque can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The X1 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.

The X1 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Range Rover Evoque has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional BMW Apps for the X1 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the X1 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the X1 will cost $155 to $1285 less than the Range Rover Evoque over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the X1 is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the X1 than the Range Rover Evoque, including $75 less for front brake pads, $56 less for fuel injection and $61 less for a fuel pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW X1 will be $4008 to $8940 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW X1, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its March 2013 issue and they ranked the BMW X1 xDrive28i xDrive higher than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door.

The BMW X1 outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by almost two to one during the 2014 model year.

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