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 X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
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 X3.
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 X3 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 X3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, front parking sensors, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Range Rover Evoque third among small premium suvs in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The X3 isn’t in the top three in its category.
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the X3 s/xDrive28i xDrive (21 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/28 hwy).
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .86 G’s, while the X3 xDrive28i xDrive pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the X3’s (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet).
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 600 pounds less than the BMW X3.
The Range Rover Evoque is 11.7 inches shorter than the X3, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
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 X3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the X3, 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 X3 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 X3’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
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 X3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
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 X3 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.
The Range Rover Evoque has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the X3.
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 X3 isn’t in the top three in its category.
Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The X3 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 X3 has never been chosen.