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Just about every luxury automaker in the industry has an SUV offering in the market, and for some luxury automakers, SUVs are the only offerings they have. That is the case for Land Rover, which produces just five vehicles—all of which are sport utility vehicles. Seeing as the manufacturer’s efforts are so focused, they often have a slight advantage over some of the comparably-equipped vehicles on the market.
In the case of the 2015 Range Rover Evoque vs 2015 Audi Q5, the advantage that Land Rover so often holds is immediately apparent. Although both vehicles have similar capabilities and features, when it comes to the aspects that matter most to buyers in the market for a luxury SUV, the Evoque holds the edge.
Both the 2015 Range Rover Evoque and the 2015 Audi Q5 come standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and although they displace the same amount across the same number of cylinders, when it comes to the power and efficiency department, the Evoque offers a slight advantage. It generates 240 horsepower compared to the 220 horsepower that stems from the engine of the Audi Q5.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the models is the transmission that they come with. Mated to the engine of the Q5 is an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, which helps to deliver a smooth ride, yet pales in comparison to the nine-speed automatic gearbox found in the Evoque. The added speed helps to produce an unparalleled driving experience. It also offers steering wheel paddle shifters and a drive select mode.