2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure vs. 2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i

The 2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure five-door and the 2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i go head-to-head in the compact premium sport utility vehicle segment. Blurring the lines between a crossover and a SUV, the pair are comparable in almost every way. They are of similar size, have comparable horsepower and torque figures, similar performance characteristics (xDrive is BMW’s AWD system), and do it all while consuming approximately the same amount of fuel.

The most significant departure on paper is the disparity between introductory MSRPs. The BMW X3 starts at $37,725.00 for the 2012 xDrive28i, which is a full $6,270.00 less than the Evoque Pure five-door. In reality, though, very few buyers choose a rock-bottom base model. Option both introductory trims up a bit and you’re looking at $48,000.00 to $52,00.00 for the X3 xDrive28i and $50,000.00 to $55,000.00 for the Evoque Pure, which puts them on a more even footing.

Evoque buyers have to wait until a high performance version appears before the Range Rover Evoque will match the BMW xDrive35i for power.

The 2012 Evoque makes use of a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder while the X3 opts for a 3.0L inline-six cylinder. Both of these engines are rated at 240-horsepower. The Evoque’s smaller displacement allows it to edge out the X3 when it comes to fuel economy. As such, the Evoque comes in at 18 city and 28 highway with a combined rating of 25 MPG. The X3 picks up one MPG on the city side, but loses three MPG on the highway, giving it a combined rating of 21 MPG. Despite the X3 being larger and heavier than the Evoque, the X3 has a slight edge when it comes to zero-to-60 times thanks to an eight-speed transmission. Opt for the xDrive35i for an even larger zero-to-60 time advantage thanks to a more powerful engine.

Style and brand loyalty will be major deciding factors for buyers putting the Evoque and the X3 up against each other. The Evoque has the rather significant advantage of being completely fresh for 2012 model year and has available coupe and five-door models. Unfortunately for BMW buyers, the X3 is only available as a five-door. On the other side of the coin, however, is the BMW X3 xDrive35i with its 300-horsepower turbocharged engine. Evoque buyers will have to wait until a high performance version of the Evoque appears to see that kind of power.

The BMW X3 received a second generation revision for the 2011 model year that rounded off some of the lines and gave the vehicle a little more robustness. 

Quick Look

Evoque Pure vs. X3 xDrive28i

  Introductory MSRP X3
  Powertrain Tie 
  Off-Road Capability Evoque (Terrain Response)
  Fuel Economy Evoque 
  Warranty X3 
  Interior Room Front: Evoque
Rear: X3 
  Towing Evoque 
  Emissions Tie 
  Reliability Unknown
  Airbags X3

Evoque vs. X3 Reliability

The Range Rover Evoque is new for 2012, so it will be some time before we have an idea of how the Evoque stacks up in the reliability department. J.D. Power & Associates rated BMW as a brand three circles out of five on its recent 2011 Initial Quality Study, which is “About Average” according to J.D. Power. Land Rover scored two circles, but since the Evoque is untested, we’re hesitant to make a prediction on future reliability either for or against the vehicle. 

  Range Rover Evoque (Pure) BMW X3 (xDrive28i)
  2012 Range Rover Evoque 2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i and xDrive35i
MSRP (w/ Destination Fee) $43,995.00 (Pure) $37,725.00 (xDrive28i)
MSRP (w/ Destination Fee) $52,395.00 (Prestige) $43,275.00 (xDrive35i)
MSRP (w/ Destination Fee) $51,495.00 (Dynamic)
MSRP (w/ Destination Fee) $44,995.00 (Coupe Pure)
MSRP (w/ Destination Fee) $52,895.00 (Coupe Dynamic)
Engine(s) 2.0L I4 3.0L I6
Horsepower 240 HP @ 5,500 RPM 240 HP @ 6,600 RPM
Torque 251 ft.-lbs. @ 1,750 RPM 221 ft.-lbs. @ 2,750 RPM
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic
Zero-to-60 MPH 7.1 Seconds 6.7 Seconds
Top Track Speed 135 MPH 130 MPH
Fuel Economy
MPG (EPA City) 18 19
MPG (EPA Highway) 28 25
Combined MPG 23 21
Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 18.49 17.7

Interior Dimensions (Inches)

Headroom Front 40.3 40.7
Headroom Second 39.7 39.1
Legroom Front 43.1 39.9
Legroom Second 35.6 36.8
Shoulder Room Front 56.5 57.3
Shoulder Room Second 53.1 56.0
Passengers 5 5
Exterior Clearances
Approach Angle 25° 26°
Breakover 22° 19°
Departure Angle 33° 23°
Ground Clerance (Inches) 8.4 8.3
Turning Circle 37.1 Feet 39.0 Feet
Exterior Dimensions (Inches)
Wheelbase 104.8 110.6
Length 171.9 182.7
Width 77.4 (w/o Mirrors) 74.1 (w/o Mirrors)


64.4 65.4
Weight (Curb) 3,902 Pounds 4,112 Pounds
Warranties (Months/Miles)
Basic Warranty 48/50,000 48/50,000
Powertrain 48/50,000 48/50,000
Corrosion 72/Unlimited 144/Unlimited
Free Maintenance 48/50,000
EPA Environmental Ratings
EPA Air Pollution Score 5/10 5/10
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5/10
Towing & Payload
Towing 3,500 Pounds 3,000 Pounds
Payload 1,102 Pounds 904 Pounds
Cargo Capacity (Cubic Feet) 51.0 Maximum 63.0 Maximum
Euro NCAP 5/5 5/5
IIHS Not Tested Top Safety Pick
Airbags 6 7


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December 30, 2011


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