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      01-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Consumer Reports recommends BMW X3 over Range Rover Evoque

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If you're in the market for a luxury compact SUV, Consumer Reports magazine recommends the BMW X3, not its newer rival, the Range Rover Evoque.

The X3 slaughtered the Evoque in a road test, 80 to 60 in the point total. "The X3 is one of the few SUVs that feels sporty to drive, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission helps bring its fuel economy to a respectable 22 (miles per gallon) overall on premium fuel," the magazine writes.

By contrast, the new Evoque is a looker, but has "many shortcomings." The cabin is cramped, it has a still ride and artificial-feeling steering. It didn't handle well in simulated emergency situations.

"Although the stylish Evoque has won lots of accolades in the press, including North American Truck of the Year, our more thorough testing reveals quite a few flaws," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Conn.

Consumer Reports buys its vehicles from dealers rather than taking loaners from automakers. It says the BMW X3 xDrive28i retailed for $43,375 as tested and the Evoque Pure retailed for $45,745.

The BMW has a 240-horsepower, 3-liter six-cylinder engine while Evoque has a 240-horsepower, 2-liter turbocharged powerplant.

http://content.usatoday.com/communit...rover-evoque/1
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First saw the Evoque at the Melborne Show. I thought it looked ugly then, The dealer who I bought our X3 from also sold Land Rovers. I looked at one one for fifteen seconds and just could not handle driving something that ugly!! Plus the risk of traditional Land Rover reliability, they are still at the lower end of the JD Power lists.

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      01-26-2012, 05:27 PM   #3
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Pretty cool, but unfortunately Q5 got a better CR score:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...138111093.html

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The X3 scores well in its category; it outscores eight other previously tested compact luxury SUVs in Consumer Reports' Ratings and is only outpointed by the Audi Q5 3.2.
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      01-26-2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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Pretty cool, but unfortunately Q5 got a better CR score:
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Not an apples to apples comparison. They tested the 28i and the Audi tested was the 3.2.
I think if they had compared the 35i to the 3.2 it would have been vastly different (even though the 2.0 was a nice ride, just not as nice as the 35i.)

It doesn't really matter, in the grand scheme.

Of note, CR doesn't recommend the Q5 because of below average reliability.
The X3 is the highest one they actually recommend you purchase.
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      01-26-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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The gap will probably only widen once the X3 starts using the N20.
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      01-26-2012, 08:14 PM   #6
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The X3 has come a long way. The E83 was raw and didn't feel complete as a crossover and the look of X3 didn't help. The F25 feels and looks like a complete makeover, different car. I'm sure ride quality has improved as well.
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      01-26-2012, 10:48 PM   #10
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The X3 is way better built but the RR looks unreal and has Range Rover pedigree you cannot ignore. Both are great it depends on what you want??
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The RR is way overpriced for what you get.
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The X3 is way better built but the RR looks unreal and has Range Rover pedigree you cannot ignore. Both are great it depends on what you want??
You're right about not being able to ignore the RR pedigree. That's exactly why I'd never consider it even if I liked the way it looks (which I don't) or if it drove well (which, I gather, it doesn't).
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For those of you that haven't driven the RR (I have) you are missing nothing! The X3 is by far a better vehicle, performance, driving dynamics, technology, room but... I think the RR is a better looking car.

I think the RR is like a super model that spends too much time on the tanning bed... she'll end up looking like an old baseball glove soon enough and the X3 is more like a 'handsome' women who gets more attractive as she ages.

Anyway, I long ago crossed the RR of my list and I'm thrilled BMW is going to install the n20 in the x3. The turbo four in the RR is a decent mill and now the BMW trumps that too.
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So Clarkson is blowing smoke up everyone's backsides with his love for the Ewok?

He picked it over the GT3 RS 4.0 and the 1M for their COTD.
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Sorry, but was this really a surprise. Range Rovers have always driven like shitte compared with the competition.

I don't even think this Evoque looks that nice either... don't see what the furor is about.
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If the X3 would only have normal sized wheels/tires like the Evoque and Q5. Then it would look normal.
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test driving the Evoque tomorrow along with a RRS SC - last gen x3 was lame, have not had chance to drive the new gen however...
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old x3 made me wanna
My girlfriend used to call her old X3 the "Lez-mobile"...damn it was ugly, the new X3 still has a long way to go to be considered nice looking. Based purely looks I'd take the Rover.
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i had an Evoque on order for 4 months and got sick of waiting for it and happily changed to X3 35D once I drove one - much better car on all levels. So pleased now I've got it.
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My girlfriend used to call her old X3 the "Lez-mobile"...damn it was ugly, the new X3 still has a long way to go to be considered nice looking. Based purely looks I'd take the Rover.
My thoughts...I am sure the X3 drives well but its Fucking ugly...I hope BMW gets it.
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Don't get the base model and it's not that ugly.
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The Evoque a looker? Just how attractive can a truck be? I mean, it's still a truck.

The best looking ugly duckling is still an ugly duckling.
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