Range Rover Evoque SUV

Review

Range Rover Evoque SUV

Price  £29,205 - £49,805

Range Rover Evoque SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Stunning styling
  • Equally capable on and off-road
  • Comfortable and luxurious
Cons
  • Enticing optional extras soon add up
  • Fairly high running costs
  • Too many versions

At a glance

The greenest
eD4 150hp Pure TECH 6Sp 2WD Coupe 3dr £31,205
The cheapest
eD4 150hp Pure 6Sp 2WD 5dr £29,205
The fastest
Si4 240hp Dynamic LUX 9Sp Auto 4WD 5dr £46,210
Top of the range
SD4 190hp Autobiography Auto 4WD Coupe 3dr £49,805

“Stunning to look at, highly capable on and off-road, luxurious and efficient to run… the Range Rover Evoque has it all.”

The Range Rover Evoque gives the luxury feel of a more traditional Range Rover SUV, but adds cool looks, car-like handling and a trendy image to the normal car's long list of attributes. Buyers can choose between the cooler-looking three-door model and the more practical five-door car, while rivals stretch from the cheaper MINI Paceman right through to the desirable Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Engine options include a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a choice of two 2.2-litre diesels. The least powerful diesel only comes with two-wheel drive, which means it returns excellent fuel economy, but also limits its off-road ability.

Land Rover offers the Evoque with five trim levels – Pure, Pure Tech, Dynamic, Dyanamic Lux, and Autobiography. All models come with alloy wheels, leather trim, climate control, an eight-inch touchscreen and a premium stereo. No matter which model you go for, the Evoque arguably feels more luxurious inside than its rivals from BMW and Audi.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.6 / 5

The Evoque is cheap to run for a Range Rover

Choosing the two-wheel-drive 2.2-litre diesel Range Rover Evoque means you can expect fuel economy of up to 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 133g/km, for annual road tax of £125. Going for the two-wheel-drive models means the Evoque is no longer as good off-road or as useful for towing. The 4x4 car gets a more powerful version of the 2.2-litre diesel engine, and the extra power combined with four-wheel drive means that fuel economy drops to 49.6mpg, while CO2 emissions rise to 149g/km for road tax of £145 a year. The petrol model is quickest of all, but never feels that much quicker than the higher-powered diesel and is expensive to run, with fuel economy of just 36.2mpg. Its CO2 emissions of 181g/km mean an annual road tax bill of £260.

The Evoque may have lost some of the ‘wow’ factor of a brand-new model, but its second-hand values are still pretty strong. You can expect a diesel model to be worth around 55 per cent of its original value after three years or 60,000 miles, while a similarly specced BMW X3 will be worth closer to 45 per cent. Insurance groups are high, though, with the Evoque ranging from group 32 for the basic diesel to group 41 for the top-of-the-range petrol.

Interior & comfort

4.7 / 5

Evoque has all the class of the bigger Range Rover

The Evoque is the cheapest model in the Range Rover line-up, but it never feels like that. Metal and leather is used in much of the car’s interior to give it an upmarket feel and all models also get an expensive-looking touchscreen. Getting comfortable is simple thanks to a wide range of adjustment for the driver’s seat and steering wheel, while the raised driving position and large door mirrors give a decent view outside. Both the three and five-door models have a small rear windscreen that makes reversing tricky, although Dynamic trim levels and above come with rear parking sensors.

Extras such as a panoramic glass sunroof (£800) make the car feel even more special inside. The high-specification Dynamic Lux and Autobiography models have a centrally mounted touchscreen with Dual View, which means the car can display sat nav instructions to the driver while simultaneously playing a DVD for the front passenger.

Yet it’s not just the classy interior and clever technology that make the Evoque feel like a real Range Rover. Its suspension does an excellent job of ironing out lumps and bumps, too, just like the bigger model. The interior also remains quiet when cruising, with only a little wind noise coming from the car’s wing mirrors.

Practicality & boot space

2.8 / 5

The three-door Evoque is tight inside

The first decision you’ll have to make when buying a Range Rover Evoque is whether to go for a three or five-door model. The three-door car looks better, but there’s very little in it and if practicality is a priority then the five-door is the one to go for. It’s 40mm higher, which means more headroom in the back seat, as well as slightly more rear legroom. Space up front is decent, too, and Land Rover hasn’t scrimped on storage spaces. The Evoque has door bins big enough to store a large water bottle, a large lidded cubbyhole in the centre console and several cup-holders.

The five-door model’s 575-litre boot is 25 litres bigger than the three-door’s, but all Evoques have a well shaped load area, with a large opening and rear seats that fold almost completely flat.

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Evoque is safe and well built

Land Rover used to have a patchy record for reliability, but that seems to have been put to bed by the Evoque. It finished 36th out of 150 cars in our 2014 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, although that was a 16-place fall from last year. Owners rated the Evoque highly for performance, road-holding and ride quality, while the model came second for in-car tech.

Safety is excellent, too: the Evoque received a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. It comes with a host of airbags, electronic stability control and seatbelt pretensioners. The long options list includes a road-sign recognition camera (which displays roadside warnings on the dashboard), a lane-departure warning system and Land Rover's surround-view camera system.

Engines, drive & performance

3.6 / 5

Evoque handles as well as a hatchback and is still great off-road

The Range Rover Evoque isn't as capable off-road as a full-sized Range Rover, but on-road the car feels stable at high speeds and has plenty of grip for fast cornering. The Evoque has quick and accurate steering, while the suspension does a decent job of absorbing road imperfections. If you’re buying the Evoque for towing, the four-wheel-drive model can pull a maximum of 1,800kg, versus 1,500kg for the basic two-wheel-drive car. The more powerful engine will come as a welcome addition, too.

The fastest model is the 2.0-litre petrol that goes from 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds, but you need to work it quite hard to get that performance. You’d think the top-spec diesel would feel much slower with its comparatively pedestrian 0-62mph time of 9.5 seconds, but it doesn’t. It has plenty of power, and the smooth automatic gearbox makes it available at all speeds.

We’d avoid the basic two-wheel-drive diesel, though. Its 148bhp seems plenty at low speeds, but feels lacking when you get on the motorway.

Price, value for money & options

3.0 / 5

Entry point to Range Rover ownership offers decent value

All Range Rover Evoques get climate control, leather seats, cruise control and a Bluetooth phone connection. The basic model can also be fitted with options including automatic dipping headlights, a heated windscreen and front parking sensors. Sat nav for the basic car is an expensive £1,500 option.

Dynamic models add rear parking sensors, xenon headlights and a unique grille, while Dynamic Lux models include automatic climate control, a powerful sound system, keyless entry and Land Rover’s surround-view camera system.

At the top of the range is the Autobiography model, which has heated and ventilated seats in the front, heated seats in the rear, adaptive headlights that move in the direction you're turnning and a heated steering wheel.

5.0 / 5
"The Evoque is a Range Rover in every sense. It may look unfamiliar to long-time admirers of Range Rovers of the past but all the brand's core values, including refinement, luxury and comfort are all present and accounted for. The best news though is that the Evoque goes around corners like none of the brand's previous cars thanks to its direct steering and fantastic chassis. And it should also be affordable to run thanks to its efficient range of engines. What's more, this is a car that certainly has the 'want-one' factor in reserve."
"The Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most aerodynamic Range Rover in history. It is derived from the Freelander, but with some serious modifications. All of its major suspension parts have been redesigned for lightness and better geometry; it is the first SUV anywhere to use MagneRide adaptive dampers; and it sets new standards for traction and chassis stability electronics."
Last updated 
8 Aug 2014

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