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The Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Encore are solid, not vented.
For better traction, the Range Rover Evoque has larger standard tires than the Encore (235/60R18 vs. 215/55R18). The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Encore (245/45R21 vs. 215/55R18).
The Range Rover Evoque’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Encore’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Range Rover Evoque offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Encore’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.
For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Buick Encore has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.
The Range Rover Evoque has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Range Rover Evoque flat and controlled during cornering. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Encore’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Range Rover Evoque’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the Encore (105.6 inches vs. 100.6 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Range Rover Evoque is 3.4 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Encore.
For greater off-road capability the Range Rover Evoque has a 2.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Encore (8.3 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Range Rover Evoque to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Range Rover Evoque has 2.4 inches more front shoulder room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.
The Range Rover Evoque has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Encore with its rear seat up (21.5 vs. 18.8 cubic feet). The Range Rover Evoque has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Encore with its rear seat folded (50.5 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).
The Range Rover Evoque’s cargo area is larger than the Encore’s in almost every dimension:
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To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Range Rover Evoque SE/HSE has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Encore doesn’t offer a power liftgate.
The Range Rover Evoque has a 3968 lbs. towing capacity. The Encore has no towing capacity.
The Range Rover Evoque uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Encore uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Encore Essence, the Range Rover Evoque offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Range Rover Evoque offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Encore doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Range Rover Evoque’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Encore has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.
The Range Rover Evoque’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Encore’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.
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 Encore’s 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 Encore doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Range Rover Evoque offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Encore doesn’t offer headlight washers.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Range Rover Evoque detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Encore doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Range Rover Evoque has standard 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 Encore offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Encore offer available heated front seats. The Range Rover Evoque also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Encore.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Range Rover Evoque HSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Encore doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
The Range Rover Evoque has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Encore.
Both the Range Rover Evoque and the Encore offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Range Rover Evoque has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Encore doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Range Rover Evoque offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Encore doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
The Range Rover Evoque’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Encore doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Insurance will cost less for the Range Rover Evoque owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Range Rover Evoque with a number “3” insurance rate while the Encore is rated higher at a number “5” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Range Rover Evoque is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost less on the Range Rover Evoque than the Encore, including $65 less for a water pump, $42 less for front brake pads, $111 less for a timing belt/chain and $133 less for a power steering pump.
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