Evoque beats German rivals on running costsNew Range Rover has low emissions and depreciation
27 January 2012
Range Rover's new Evoque beats rivals from Audi and BMW to emerge as the cheapest car in its class to run, according to new figures from Which?
Over a three-year ownership period, the Evoque will be cheaper to keep going than rivals, such as the Audi Q3 and Q5, and BMW X1 and X3.
Under £20,000 to run over three years
Land Rover's latest model, the new Range Rover Evoque, should cost less than £20,000 to run over a typical three-year ownership period. That comfortably beats its closest rivals from Audi and BMW.
The SD4 4x4 Pure five-door, for example, should cost £19,676 to run over three years, covering 36,000 miles in total. By comparison, a BMW X1 xDrive 20d should cost £20,519, an Audi Q3 2.0 TDI quattro £21,154, an Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro £21,261, and a BMW X3 xDrive 20d £22,381.
The Evoque is also far cheaper to run than the Land Rover Freelander 2 on which it is based. An equivalent Freelander 2 SD4 GS auto, priced at £28,450, will cost around £23,507 to run over the same period.
The biggest factor in the running costs result is the Evoque's impressive performance in terms of depreciation (how much value a car loses over time). Not only is the Evoque competitively priced against rivals, the in-demand baby Range Rover is predicted to be very sought-after by second-hand car buyers, keeping its used values high.
The Evoque SD4 4WD Pure, for example, is predicted by car valuation specialist CAP to keep 54% of its original list price after three years and 36,000 miles. This beats all its main rivals, including the Audi Q3 2.0 TDI quattro (52%), Audi Q5 2.0 TDI quattro (49%), BMW X1 xDrive 20d (46%) and BMW X3 xDrive 20d (48%).
The Evoque also emits less CO2 than its main rivals, which also keeps annual VED car tax down. The lowest-emitting Evoque, the eD4 Coupe, emits 129g/km of CO2, meaning its annual tax is £95. The more powerful SD4 models emit 149g/km of CO2 and cost £130 per year to tax. The Audi Q5 2.0 TDI, by contrast, emits 163g/km and costs £165 in annual VED tax.
Fly in the fuel tank
One area where the Evoque may disappoint, however, is fuel consumption. We tested the SD4 4x4 diesel, which is claimed to average 49.6mpg. However, our lab tests revealed a much more modest figure of 38.7mpg. This is well behind the Audi Q3 2.0 TDI, for instance, in which we averaged 44.1mpg.
Which? members can find out exactly how much fuel each car Which? tests consumes in the Running Costs sections of our car reviews. If you're not a member, you can sign up to Which? for just £1.
How we calculate running costs
Our figures for the cost of ownership include all the main factors, including depreciation, fuel, servicing and VED tax.