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Used test: BMW 3 Series Touring vs Range Rover Evoque costs

With a badge as stylish as Kim K, the Range Rover Evoque is a compelling buy, especially used. But can it better a similarly priced BMW 3 Series Touring?...

BMW 3 Series Touring driving

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

After four years, the BMW 3 Series Touring has gone from £41,325 as a new car to around £21,000 as a used one. The Range Rover Evoque has lost slightly less of its value – it was a £39,015 new car – but it's also ended up at around £21,000 at this age. 

The 3 Series Touring should retain its value well: our data predicts that it'll lose £1825 of its current value over the next three years. In regards to the Evoque, our data puts its deprecation at £2125 over the same period. 

The Evoque will cost you more in fuel, too. Having completed our test route, the Evoque displayed an average of 33.8mpg, while the Touring averaged 41.6mpg. 

Range Rover Evoque driving

Standard equipment levels are good, but there are some optional-from-new features to watch out for. For instance, for keyless entry, the 3 Series Touring demanded you buy the £990 Comfort Pack, while the Evoque asked £400 from you (for the one feature). Adaptive cruise control is also not guaranteed, costing the original Touring owner £1250 (part of the Driving Assistant Pro pack) and the original Evoque owner £1000 (part of the Drive Pack). 

That being said, both cars got keyless start as standard from new, as well as leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, and 18in alloy wheels. 

When both of these cars were tested for safety in 2019, Euro NCAP awarded them its maximum five-star rating. 

2019 Range Rover Evoque front grille

Our 3 Series Touring belongs to insurance group 31, putting the cost at around £835. Our Evoque, in group 30, should cost you slightly less – around £816. For a service of the Touring, we were quoted £429.95 via BMW. For a service of the Evoque, we were quoted £602.62 via Land Rover

Neither of these cars did particularly well in our 2023 What Car? Reliability Survey. The BMW 3 Series (diesel) ranked 22nd out of 24 cars in the executive car class, with a reliability score of just 78.0%. As a side note, petrol and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions placed towards the top of the table, with a collective ranking of third and a reliability score of 96.4%. 

The Range Rover Evoque (as a whole) came 32 out of 34 cars in the family SUV class, with a reliability score of 82.7%: better than the diesel 3 Series, but still poor. 

As car brands, BMW came 12th out of 32 manufacturers, while Land Rover lagged behind in 28th.