For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X1 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
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 X1 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.
The Range Rover Evoque’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X1 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
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 X1 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 X1 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the X1 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, front parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover Evoque third among small premium suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The X1 isn’t in the top three in its category.
The Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (240 vs. 228) than the X1’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
The Range Rover Evoque has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X1 (18.1 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque has larger standard tires than the X1 (235/55R19 vs. 225/50R18). The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X1 (245/45R20 vs. 225/50R18).
The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X1’s 50 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque offers optional 20-inch wheels. The X1’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
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 X1’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Evoque is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the X1.
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X1 (8.4 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Range Rover Evoque is 3.1 inches shorter than the X1, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door has a much larger cargo area than the X1 with its rear seat up (20.3 vs. 17.8 cubic feet).
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 X1 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the X1, 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 X1 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
The Range Rover Evoque’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The X1’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
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 X1 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
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 X1 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 X1 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the X1 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 X1.
Optional air conditioned seats in the Range Rover Evoque (except SE) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The X1 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.
Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The X1 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 X1 has never been chosen.