Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque VS 2015 Audi Q3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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2015 Audi Q3

Safety Comparison

The Range Rover Evoque Prestige/Dynamic 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 Q3 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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 Q3.

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 Q3 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Q3 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.

Engine Comparison

The Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (240 vs. 200) and 43 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 207) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the Q3 Quattro (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Q3 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Range Rover Evoque’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Q3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Range Rover Evoque has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q3 (18.5 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Q3. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Q3.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Q3’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Evoque’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the Q3 (104.8 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Evoque is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Q3.

For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Q3’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (20.3 vs. 16.7 cubic feet). The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (51 vs. 48.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Range Rover Evoque easier. The Range Rover Evoque’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.7 inches, while the Q3’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Range Rover Evoque, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 Q3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Q3 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 Q3 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 Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Q3 offer available heated front seats. The Range Rover Evoque also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q3.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover Evoque Prestige/Dynamic offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Q3 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Range Rover Evoque’s optional Advanced Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Q3 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The Q3 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 Q3 has never been chosen.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque outsold the Audi Q3 by over three to one during 2014.

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