Review

Range Rover Evoque SUV

Price  £29,205 - £49,805

Range Rover Evoque SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Stunning styling
  • Comfortable and luxurious
  • Equally capable on and off-road
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 has the luxurious feel of a more traditional Range Rover SUV, but adds cool looks, car-like handling and a trendy image to the regular car's long list of attributes. Buyers can choose between the sleeker three-door model or the more practical five-door car, while rivals range from the cheaper MINI Paceman right through to the upmarket Audi Q5 and BMW X3. The new Lexus NX is arguably the Evoque's biggest rival, however.

Land Rover wanted the Evoque to appeal to a new generation of Land Rover buyers, while keeping the off-road ability and luxurious qualities that are the cornerstones of the brand. When it went on sale in 2011, its striking styling meant it could have easily rolled off a motor show concept stand and straight to your local dealer. Even now, regular styling tweaks and new colour options keep the Evoque looking fresh.

Once you’ve taken in the looks and climbed inside to admire the cool, luxurious interior, the next revelation is the way the Evoque drives. For a Land Rover, it feels extremely taut, with minimal body lean and plenty of grip in corners. It's arguably the most involving car to drive in the Range Rover line-up, but it keeps the comfortable suspension that traditional customers of the brand expect. Off-road, it doesn’t have quite the same go-anywhere ability of the full-sized Range Rover, but it has enough rough-terrain prowess to keep its main rivals in check.

Engine options include a 2.0-litre petrol and a choice of two 2.2-litre diesels. The least powerful diesel is only available with two-wheel drive, which means it returns excellent fuel economy but isn’t much use off-road. Nevertheless, it's our pick of the range, as most people are unlikely to need four-wheel drive. The petrol version is the quickest in the range, but also the least relaxing and most expensive to run.

Land Rover offers the Evoque in five trim levels – Pure, Pure Tech, Dynamic, Dynamic 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, Audi and Lexus.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.6 / 5

The Range Rover Evoque has the lowest running costs in the Range Rover line-up

Engines, drive & performance

3.6 / 5

The Range Rover Evoque is fun to drive on-road and better than rivals off-road

Interior & comfort

4.7 / 5

The Range Rover Evoque has the luxury feel of the bigger Range Rover

Practicality & boot space

2.8 / 5

While not as practical as larger models in the range, the Range Rover Evoque has a spacious interior and admirable off-road ability

Reliability & safety

3.2 / 5

The Range Rover Evoque has scored well for customer satisfaction and is very safe

5 / 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."

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What owners say

4.1145454481051
4.1 /5 based on 77 reviews
74%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
19 Nov 2014
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