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Here is a comparison between the all new Ranger Rover Evoque and the Honda CR-V.

Now this comparison is unfair on a number of levels BUT since we are very familiar with the CRV and test drove the Evoque like hundreds of others we decided to write up this comparison and initial impressions. Also the Evoque is significantly more expensive than the top range CRV priced at more than $20,000 on road for the basic Evoque with less equipment.

It is hard to believe that the CRV has been around since 2006 and that it hasn't dated too much. It is also hard to believe that Range Rover's latest model first featured as a concept was actually released. It is a land mark model for the brand and meant for mass production.

The Evoque is impressive to look at. It has a thoroughly exterior is modern and yet everyone who seen it loves it including us. Makes us wonder what happened to BMW design and Honda of late!

Ranger Rover Evoque
Honda CRV

The exterior of the fantastic, with a design that flows nicely from front to rear. Sure it is reminiscent of the latest Ford design themes, but there are enough of traditional Range Rover clues. The pictures say it all and even if it wasn't a Range Rover it will still turn heads. Much more interesting than the CRV.

The interior of the Evoque is very good but definitely not as impressive as the exterior. Switch gear and major instruments are really high quality items but not a huge leap against the seemingly lesser VWs and BMW. If you've owned other prestige cars it does not take long to notice the cleverly used lower materials. Thankfully there are plenty of options to customize the interior to your liking and to add to the luxury ambience. That said if your prior car is 10 year old or close to it or even first generation SUV than you will be easily impressed. Against the CRV the Evoque has another easy win.

The other major feature of Evoque is the range of engines. There are two of them available in most countries (3 overall). Both provide very good performance relative to the competition. However it needs the extra power because it weighs 200-300 Kg more! The high spec AWD system makes it easily better than the all others in the class too.

The (too brief) drive lived up to expectations, being relatively quiet although road noise from the rear is intrusive and reasonably refined but the diesel does wobble but has sporty feeling steering and suspension, but a slight turbo lag doesn't make this initially as sporty (much much better than the CX-7) but it does a have solid quality that separates it from the rest as you'd expect from the higher price. It is pretty good but not out right impressive.

Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Honda CR-V
2011 $29,990 - 42,790 AUD
Range Rover Evoque
2011 FROM $49,990 to over $100,000 AUD
without any options and as we discovered high demand means full price.



Overall the Evoque is a class to its self at the moment. If you can afford the extra dollars over a top range regular SUV and can live with less interior flexibility than go for it. Also if you can afford the premium due purely to high demand and forget about Range Rover's past quality issues then go for it. It easily beats the CRV on almost every angle, BMW X1 or X3 and the Audi in terms of overall package and are not even worth a look - it's that good.

We'll have more if one of us decides to buy one - the wait list is going on 6 months now (2012)

Honda CR-V Range Rover Evoque

IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
IL4 Cylinder (224DT)
IL4 Cylinder diesel
Direct Injection Turbo Desel
2.2 Litre (2179cc)
Claimed 140Kw @ 3500RPM
Claimed 420Nm @ 1750RPM

IL4 (204PT)
IL4 Cylinder petrol
Intercooled Turbo
2.0 Litre (1999cc)
Claimed 177Kw @ 3500RPM
Claimed 340Nm @ 1750RPM

1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
From 1745Kg
Towing capacity up to 1800kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 70 litres (95 Octane)
IL4 Diesel 6.5Lts per 100km AVG
IL4 Petrol 8.7Lts per 100km AVG
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1680/1820
Overall length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
6 speed Auto
Overall height/width 1635/1965
Overall length/Wheelbase 4365/2660
4WD system: AWD or 2WD
ANCAP Safety: 5/5
Tyre size:225-55-19
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Ground clearance (unloaded) xxxmm
Water Fording depth xxmm Max
Performance Performance

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

Diesel (2.2 DT)
0-100Kph:8.5 sec
Petrol (2.0 T)
0-100Kph:7.6 secs
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2011 FROM $49,990 - 77,395 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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