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Used test: Range Rover Evoque vs Volvo XC40 verdict

At four years old, these luxurious SUVs are around £14,000 cheaper than their respective new car prices, but is the Evoque or XC40 the better buy?...

Used test Range Rover Evoque vs Volvo XC40

Our verdict

The Range Rover Evoque is a great car that has one big, overriding issue for the used car buyer, and that's its poor reliability record. If you're buying a family SUV you'll want to use it on a pretty regular basis and you probably won't want the spectre of any possible trouble hanging over you. It's a shame because there's a lot else to recommend about the Evoque, from its refined driving experience to its classy interior. 

Indeed both the Evoque and Volvo XC40 are extremely closely matched, with the former racking up more points for infotainment functionality and refinement and the latter fighting back with a bigger boot and a stronger engine. The XC40's reliability record isn't perfect either, as it happens, but it's much better than the Evoque's and, in the end, that gives it the win here. 

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1st  Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40 driving

For High-quality interior; bigger boot; better driving position; comfortable ride; more rear space
Against Mediocre infotainment; more tyre roar and engine noise

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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2nd  Range Rover Evoque

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque front tracking RHD

For Superb driving position; quieter cruiser; classy interior; better infotainment
Against Slower; less economical; so-so boot space; driver’s seat unsupportive; reliability concerns

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Range Rover Evoque D180 S

Engine 4cyl, 1999cc, diesel
Power 178bhp 
Torque 317lb ft
Gearbox 9-spd automatic
0-60mph 9.5sec
Top speed 127mph
Official fuel economy 41.5mpg
Test MPG 33.8mpg
CO2 emissions 145g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Pro

Engine size 4cyl, 1969cc, diesel
Power 187bhp 
Torque 295lb ft 
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 8.5sec
Top speed 130mph
Official fuel economy 43.5mpg
Test MPG37.3mph
CO2 emissions 133g/km