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 RX Series.
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 RX Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 RX 350 AWD (21 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).
The Range Rover Evoque has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.1 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RX Series (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 RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.
The Range Rover Evoque 5-Door handles at .86 G’s, while the RX 350 pulls only .79 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 RX 350 (26.7 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .63 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Range Rover Evoque’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the RX Series’ (37.1 feet vs. 38.8 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a greater minimum ground clearance than the RX Series (8.4 vs. 8.2 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 550 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.
The Range Rover Evoque is 1 foot, 8.5 inches shorter than the RX Series, 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 RX Series with its rear seat up (20.3 vs. 18.4 cubic feet).
Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the RX Series, 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 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 RX Series’ 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 RX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
The RX Series’ 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.
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 RX Series 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 RX Series because it costs $459 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Range Rover Evoque than the RX Series, including $893 less for a water pump, $492 less for an alternator, $178 less for a starter, $1327 less for a timing belt/chain and $639 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 RX Series 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 RX Series 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 RX Series has never been chosen.