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.”

Land Rover designed the Range Rover Evoque to appeal to people who are less interested in outright off-road ability and more interested in 4x4 looks and fun-handling on the road. The best-looking model is the three-door car, but the Evoque is also available with five doors for customers who need the extra practicality.

The Evoque is available in three levels of trim – Pure, Prestige and Dynamic, but whichever model you choose, all get high-quality interiors, with metal, leather and wood on show. Its ability to provide a Range Rover feel in a small package is the Evoque's biggest selling point.

The Evoque is the cheapest way to own a Range Rover, and also the company's most affordable model to run. It can be had with a choice of three engines – two diesels and petrol, which offer varying levels of performance and economy. Later this year the high-performance Range Rover Autobiography Dynamic will be added to the range.

The Evoque competes with rivals such as the BMW X3 and the Audi Q3.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

2.6 / 5

It's far cheaper to run than other models in the range

The cheapest Range Rover Evoque to run is the two-wheel-drive model, although it isn’t as capable off-road as the four-wheel-drive cars. Nonetheless, economy of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 133g/km – which translates into annual road tax of £125 – is quite frugal for a car of this type. If you need four-wheel drive, economy drops to 49.6mpg and road tax goes up to £140 per year. The petrol Range Rover Evoque 2.0-litre Si4 , meanwhile, is the quickest of all, but also the most costly to fuel – with economy of a less impressive 36.2mpg and emissions of 181g/km of CO2, which means road tax costs £260 a year.

Interior & comfort

4.7 / 5

It's small, but beautiful and luxurious

While the Evoque is the smallest car Range Rover makes, it still has decent amounts of space inside. The quality of the interior makes the Range Rover a great place to be, with plenty of leather and high-quality plastics to make it feel special, while the car also has an array of the latest gadgets. The Evoque can also be specced with a panoramic glass roof, which costs around £800 but serves to make the car's interior feel even more airy.

The Evoque's suspension provides a comfortable ride, which can compete with some luxury cars, on almost any road surface, while minimal levels of interior noise make it a good car in which to travel long distances.

Practicality & boot space

2.8 / 5

Those sharp looks cut into space too much

Choosing between a three-door or a five-door Range Rover Evoque should be a relatively simple decision – the former is more striking to look at but the latter is more practical to use every day. It is actually 40mm higher, which means there is more headroom in the back for adults. The boot offers 575 litres of space and is also a useful shape, while the standard-fit split-folding rear seats drop down to increase boot space to a decent 1,445 litres.

Central to the Evoque's car-like feel is the low-set driver's seat, which means it is easy to get comfortable. Despite this, the Evoque still gives its driver a raised view of the road compared to a normal car.

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

Very safe, with improving reliability

The Range Rover Evoque came 52nd out of 150 cars in our 2013 Driver Power satisfaction survey, which isn’t a bad result, but should really be better for a car costing this much. Land Rover as a marque dropped five places down the rankings to finish behind companies such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi.

Safety isn’t a worry in an Evoque, though, with the model achieving a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. Options include a road-sign recognising camera (which relays road-sign information to the driver), a lane departure warning system, and Land Rover's surround 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 was built to be just as good on the road as it is off it. Its body isn’t as tall as the company's other models, which means lean in the corners is greatly reduced and the Evoque is fun to drive, with plenty of grip and confidence-inspiring steering. The petrol engine can get the Evoque from 0-60mph in just 7.1 seconds but the more frugal diesels make more sense in a car like this. The 187bhp 2.2-litre version gets the Evoque from 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds, has enough power for overtaking, but is also relatively cheap to run.

Price, value for money & options

3.0 / 5

Entry point to Range Rover ownership offers decent value

Even the basic Range Rover Evoque is an expensive car, but it does come with decent levels of kit. All models get climate control, leather seats, cruise control, and a Bluetooth phone connection. The basic model can also be specced with options including sat-nav, automatic dipping headlights, a heated windscreen, and front parking sensors. The Evoque can be had with a clever centrally-mounted screen, which allows the passenger to watch TV, while simultaneous relaying sat-nav directions to the driver.

What the others say

  • 5.0
    "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 
28 Mar 2014

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