2017 Ford Explorer VS 2017 Land Rover Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford Explorer

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2017 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Explorer inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Ford Explorer has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Explorer and the Range Rover Evoque have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Explorer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover Evoque. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover Evoque ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 22 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Explorer’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Explorer has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Explorer’s optional 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (280 vs. 240) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 250) than the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Explorer’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 50 more horsepower (290 vs. 240) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (255 vs. 250) than the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Explorer Sport/Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 125 more horsepower (365 vs. 240) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 250) than the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Explorer Sport/Platinum 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque:

 

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

15.8 sec

23.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

9.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

4.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.4 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Explorer uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Explorer Sport/Platinum for maximum performance). The Range Rover Evoque requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Explorer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Explorer’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Range Rover Evoque:

 

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Front Rotors

13.85 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.5 inches

The Explorer’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Range Rover Evoque are solid, not vented.

The Explorer stops much shorter than the Range Rover Evoque:

 

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Explorer has larger standard tires than the Range Rover Evoque (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R19). The Explorer’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Evoque (255/50R20 vs. 245/45R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Explorer’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the Range Rover Evoque (112.8 inches vs. 104.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Explorer is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover Evoque.

The Explorer’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55.1% to 44.9%) than the Range Rover Evoque’s (58% to 42%). This gives the Explorer more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Explorer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Explorer offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Range Rover Evoque can only carry up to 5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Explorer’s middle row seats recline. The Range Rover Evoque’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque Convertible.

 

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

8.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

15.8 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque Coupe.

 

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

47.6 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area provides more volume than the Range Rover Evoque 5-Door.

 

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Third Seat Folded

43.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

20.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

81.7 cubic feet

51 cubic feet

The Explorer’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Evoque’s in every dimension:

 

Explorer

Range Rover Evoque

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.7”/49”/79.8”

n.a./31.3”/62.2”

Max Width

48”

43”

Min Width

40”

39.2”

Height

45.5”

27.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers or raises the Explorer Sport/Platinum’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between cargo and passengers easier. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Explorer XLT/Limited/Sport/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its InControl can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Explorer has a standard rear wiper. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Explorer has standard extendable sun visors. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Explorer offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Range Rover Evoque has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Explorer (except Base/XLT) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Explorer is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover Evoque because typical repairs cost much less on the Explorer than the Range Rover Evoque, including $123 less for front brake pads, $176 less for a starter, $204 less for fuel injection, $2 less for a fuel pump and $412 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Explorer outsold the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque by over 21 to one during the 2016 model year.

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