Two extremely high end luxury SUVs are the Land Rover Evoque and the soon to come Ford Escape 2013 model. Let us discuss the face-off between these two great SUVs, let us compare them and decide which may be a better choice.
Comparing the Evoque and Escape
To get a good overall comparison between the two premium SUVs, let us put the two side by side and look at them in terms of size, engine, aesthetics, comfort, safety, price, luxury, and technology.
The Evoque is has both a 3 and 5 door model. Both models are about 14.3 feet long and about 6.44 feet high, and about 6.45 feet in width.
The Escape is about 14.84 feet long; having has a height of around 6 feet high and about 5.53 feet in width.
As seen above, the Evoque is a bit shorter in length but is wider and higher than its Escape counterpart. The Escape is therefore the sleeker one while the Evoque looks bulkier.
Three engine options are available for the Evoque. There are two 2.2-litre turbo-diesels producing either 148 BHP or 187 BHP. A 2-litre 237 BHP turbocharged petrol engine is also available. The Evoque aims to reduce CO2 emissions too.
There is a new concept EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder turbo charged engines under the Escape’s hood and an iVCT version. There are 3 variants for the engine, a 1.6 liter EcoBoost 178 BHP engine, a high power 2.0 liter EcoBoost 240 BHP engine, and finally a 2.5 liter iVCT 168 BHP engine.
The Escape slightly boasts higher horse powered engines. EcoBoost of the Escape allows for more nature friendly emissions like the Evoque.
The Evoque departs from the classic body on frame design used by the majority of vehicles designed for off road use. Instead the Evoque has a more modern unibody design technique for improved handling and ride quality, and to suit those who drive primarily on road.
The Escape veers away from rugged, masculine American design and employed a sleek, stylish and European look which resembles the platform of the 2012 Ford Focus.
The Evoque in general will have the more classic American look while the Escape is made to resemble a European feel.
The Evoque boasts a smooth ride in rough or uneven terrain. Seats offer decent levels of back support. Wind noise is greatly contained to ensure a quiet comfortable ride.
The new Escape has more slightly more room particularly in the rear seat for extra comfort. The seat design is much slimmer and lighter, and employs an articulated back to help relieve back pain for passengers.
Both vehicles may offer comfort during ride via the smooth drive train and high quality seats.
The Evoque comes with driver and passenger airbags, knee airbags, side curtain airbags and thorax airbags. Anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, emergency brake lights, hill start assist and corner brake controls are also available for those maximum safety features. The Evoque was crashed tested and a result showed a total score of 32.49 out of 37 that is quite high for an SUV.
The Escape has the new Torque Vectoring Control and Curve control that allows for more control and speed regulation when driver enters a corner at a dangerous higher than normal speed. The body includes a high strength steel construction and smarter airbags that is accompanied by a system called Personal Safety System that also controls the seatbelts while in a crash for added protection. The safety features will prove themselves after crash tests will be conducted.
Both SUVs offer maximum protection for passengers.
The Evoque’s price tag is about $43,995, and the coupe version approximately at $44,995.
The Escape has variants that are priced at $23,295, $25,895, $28,695, and the luxury Titanium model at $31,195.
In terms of price, the Evoque is much more expensive than the Escape.
The most luxurious model available for the Evoque is the Prestige Model. It combines an enhanced exterior with unique alloy wheels and dramatic premium bright finish details. It comes with a leather-wrapped interior.
The luxurious Escape model is the Titanium. It is equipped with 19’’ luster nickel painted alloy wheels. Seats in the Titanium are leather-trimmed, with HID headlamps and reverse sensing system and many other luxury features.
Both cars are luxurious but the Escape offers innovative hands free rear lift gate, and a nice touch screen UI for control which may give the Escape an edge.
The Evoque was developed from a concept that aims for a more environmentally conscious vehicle. It has bio-fuel compatibility, lightweight construction materials and technologies such as the removable carbon composite roof panels, regenerative brakes, a stop-start system, and the Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD), parallel hybrid power-train system.
A new innovation for the Escape is the hands-free rear lift gate concept. The key of the car has a built in key fob that is detectable by the car; a sensor will detect the passenger’s presence and will automatically open the left gate. A new high-tech feature is the MyFord Touch, this offers a touch screen UI for features like entertainment and drive safety functionality and performance settings
The Evoque and Escape is on level grounds on being both environment-friendly. But both vehicles are equipped with high tech features either way for safety and ease of driving. Again, the Escape’s lift gate and touch screen based UI are great.
The overall better choice really depends on the person, but the Escape offers a luxury SUV experience with a much cheaper price than the Evoque. If you have the money, the Escape is an excellent alternative for the Evoque for those wise or budget tight buyers as it is worth the price for its innovative features and performance. Overall, the Escape may be the more practical choice. Weigh the different features of both cars and decide which one to purchase.
Guest post by Alexis Thompson, who is a former Mountain Backpacker and a 26 year old mother of 2 daughters, Sophie and Rhian. She is into almost all types of Music especially The Fray and Hillsong. She also has a passion in Singing and Scrap Booking. Follow her escapades on her Twitter.
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