The Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic/Autobiography’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Q5 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
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.
The Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic/Autobiography’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
The Range Rover Evoque has standard InControl, 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 Q5 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 Range Rover Evoque and the Q5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, front parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.
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.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover Evoque third among small premium suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Q5 isn’t in the top three in its category.
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.
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).
For better stopping power the Range Rover Evoque’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Q5:
Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .86 G’s, while the Q5 pulls only .80 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 Q5 (26.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .61 average G’s).
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 (8.4 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 800 pounds less than the Audi Q5.
The Range Rover Evoque is 10.9 inches shorter than the Q5, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Range Rover Evoque’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Q5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Range Rover Evoque has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Q5 Premium Plus/Prestige, the Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
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.
The Range Rover Evoque HSE/Autobiography offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Q5 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
If the windows are left down on the Range Rover Evoque the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. 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.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Q5 offer optional 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 Q5.
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 Q5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
Optional InControl Apps for the Range Rover Evoque allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Q5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.
The Range Rover Evoque (except SE)’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 Q5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the Q5 because it costs $504 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the Q5, including $477 less for a water pump, $182 less for a starter, $28 less for a timing belt/chain and $653 less for a power steering pump.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover Evoque second among small premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Q5 was rated third in its category.
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.