Range Rover Evoque SUV
Price £29,205 - £49,805
- Stunning styling
- Comfortable and luxurious
- Equally capable on and off-road
- Enticing optional extras soon add up
- Fairly high running costs
- Too many versions
At a glance
"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 has the luxurious 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 sleek 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 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 have 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
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 faster than the higher-powered diesel and is expensive to run, with fuel economy of just 36.2mpg. Its CO2 emissions of 181g/km translate to 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% of its original value after three years or 60,000 miles, while a similarly specced BMW X3 will have retained closer to 45% of its purchase price. 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.
Engines, drive & performance
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, which goes from 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds, but you need to work it quite hard to get that performance. With a comparatively pedestrian 0-62mph time of 9.5 seconds, the top-spec diesel doesn't sound very fast, but it has plenty of power at all speeds thanks to a smooth automatic gearbox.
Avoid the basic two-wheel-drive diesel, though. Its 148bhp seems plenty at low speeds, but feels lacking when you get on the motorway.
Interior & comfort
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, plus 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
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
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 Driver Power 2014 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 technology.
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.
Price, value for money & options
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 turning and a heated steering wheel.