The Standoff: Land Rover Evoque VS 2013 Ford Escape

by Alexis Thompson

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Since the release of the Land Rover Evoque, it has been the standard of most SUVs in the world. Ford will soon release its 2013 Ford Escapeand some say that it has been patterned after the Evoque.

In this article, we will tackle a comparison between these SUVs.

Size

The Escape is a little bigger with an overall length of 178.1 in and a height of 66.3 in, while Evoque is 171.9 in and 64.4 in, respectively. Both can carry at least five passengers, but entering through Evoque’s rear door can be slightly disconcerting because of its small opening, like other LR products. Both offer a spacious head and leg room, with Escape just a few inches higher.

Engine

EvoqueEvoque’s power comes from a turbocharged 2.0L DOHC four-cylinder, producing 240 hp and generating 250 lb-ft of torque. This offers excellent vehicle responsiveness and a quick-shifting six-speed manumatic transmission. Available this July, however, is the 2.2L 110kW eD4, the lightest diesel engine to be produced by LR. This is expected to have a subtle yet refined performance and reach a maximum speed of 180 kph with more fuel value but less CO2 emissions.

Meanwhile, a 1.6L EcoBoost® I-4 or 2.0L EcoBoost® engine powers the Ford Escape, the latter producing 240 hp and generating 270 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed SelectShift® transmission type. The EcoBoost® technologies turbocharging and direct injection provide efficiency without the need for a much larger engine. It makes the most out of fuel as well.

Aesthetics

The two crossovers come in sleek sporty styles that bring out the luxury in owning these models, yet favoring no stereotype. Evoque comes in three distinct themes: Pure, a more opulent Prestige, and a sports-oriented Dynamic. Escape varieties are S, SE, SEL and Titanium.

Evoque prides itself with a magnetic presence that makes it a standout wherever it passes. The standard color is white, but metallic colors in silver, blue, red and green shades can add an extra tip for the design. It presents roof choices too. The Escape takes cues from aerodynamics to achieve a design that is both bold and practical. It also comes out in solid colors black, blue, red and a metallic shade of tan.

As for interior design, both embody themes of monochromatic neutral colors to suit individual tastes. The technological features are sophisticatedly installed and designed to compliment the overall elegance oozing from the cars. Ford goes further by describing its environment as a “visually calm ambience.”

Because of quick glance similarities, it would be best to judge the aesthetics by looking closely at the details that make each model distinct and masterfully crafted. We now go back to concrete estimates that spell the difference in the cars’ features.

Comfort

The roomy interiors instantly present both products with a laidback feel. Couple this with high-performing engines and the ride experience becomes a pleasure. Innovative features endow the driver and passengers with a new level of comfort that wasn’t even in the thought bubble 50 years ago.2013 Ford Escape

Unique Evoque features are the keyless entry function, an advanced voice control function, climate control with automatic air filtration and air quality sensing, covered center console storage, rear bench seat with rear center head restraint and rear seat center armrest, a global opening that operates electric windows when the ignition is off, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, a luggage cover, interior auto-dimming rearview mirror and rear-view camera. A drawback pointed out by car enthusiasts is the size of the hatch’s rear window, which is too small.

Escape brings forward the following distinctions: Available SYNC® with MyFord Touch®, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, adjustable ambient lighting, adjustable lumbar support and memory for three drivers, 60/40-split second-row seats that fold flat for carrying cargo, grille shutters for aerodynamic efficiency and fuel economy, park assist, Bliss® cross-traffic alert, and hands-free liftgate—simply place your foot under the bumper and the back door lifts.

Note, however, that not all these features are in every model and in every market. Nonetheless, additional devices are available to customize your preferred model.

Safety

The all-wheel-drive Evoque has state-of-the-art security tools such as high strength safety cell, strategic airbags and advanced restraint systems. The front or four-wheel drive Escape is equipped with safety attributes like the Personal Safety System, airbags situated in all crucial parts and Curve Control, which slows you down when driving too fast on a curve. Other than these, the standard safety features also apply for both brands.

Price

LR Evoque ranges from US$39,984 to US$63,390. Meanwhile, Ford Escape variants are priced at US$23,295 to US$31,195. The amounts also vary per market so it’s best to check with local deals as well.

Special Features

Evoque inherits the LR-patented Terrain Response controlled all-wheel drive system, where you can align your road situation (grass, gravel, snow, mud and sand) with your CUV performance. It also continues the company’s green advocacies, particularly in the offsetting of hazardous CO2 emissions.

Escape upgrades Ford’s advocacy on environmental conservation by using a plant material, kenaf, for its door parts. Kenaf is commonly used in the production of paper and beauty products, and is actually edible. This bamboo-like plant is expected to reduce a yearly amount of 300,000 lbs oil-based resin in North America, and improve fuel efficiency.

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