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 XT5.
The Range Rover Evoque HSE/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 XT5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
On the EPA test cycle the Range Rover Evoque gets better fuel mileage than the XT5 4x4 (21 city/29 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the Range Rover Evoque’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XT5 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (245/45R20 vs. 235/65R18).
The Range Rover Evoque’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .86 G’s, while the XT5 pulls only .81 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 XT5 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the XT5’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet). The Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the XT5 w/20” wheels’ (37.1 feet vs. 39 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT5 (8.4 vs. 7.8 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 100 to 350 pounds less than the Cadillac XT5.
The Range Rover Evoque is 1 foot, 5.5 inches shorter than the XT5, making the Range Rover Evoque easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the XT5, 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 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 XT5’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
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 XT5 can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The Range Rover Evoque’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
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 XT5 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Evoque offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The XT5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The XT5’s optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.
Motor Trend selected the Range Rover Evoque as their 2012 Sport Utility of the Year. The XT5 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 XT5 has never been chosen.