Range Rover Evoque SUV

Range Rover Evoque SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

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

The Evoque is the compact and fashionable baby of the Range Rover line-up. It was a hit when it was launched and it remains so now. With prices starting at around £30,000, it's not anything like as expensive as its bigger brother, but it goes head-to-head with premium SUV rivals such as the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and recently launched Lexus NX.

If you're considering buying an Evoque, it's worth knowing that a heavily facelifted version is due to arrive in August 2015, with orders open from April. We say 'heavily facelifted,' but the biggest change is under the bonnet, where you'll find a new 148bhp 2.0-litre 'Ingenium' diesel engine. This promises improved fuel economy (68mpg) and CO2 emissions (for £20 road tax) and replaces the existing 2.2-litre diesel.

In addition, there'll be a more powerful 178bhp version for higher-performance models. The 237bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, which will continue to come as standard with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, remains in the line-up.

The revised model's looks don't depart too far from the current successful formula. Changes include a new front bumper, new LED lights and alloy wheels. Inside, there are new materials, door trim and a larger display screen. Technical upgrades include off-road cruise control that 'reads' the terrain and mantains a crawling speed, as well as various safety assistance features, including lane-keeping.

There are two versions of Evoque: a three-door, called the Coupe; and a five-door. Basic models are front-wheel drive and therefore more economical; all others are four-wheel drive. The Evoque isn't as capable off-road as the Range Rover, but it's able enough and the enhancements coming later in 2015 are sure to keep it one step ahead of the competition.

For this reason, and because Evoque owners are unlikely to take their car off-road too often, we recommend the least powerful diesel engine with two-wheel drive. On the road, the Evoque drives extremely well, with little body lean in corners and lots of grip. It rides comfortably, too – just as people buying a car badged 'Range Rover' would expect.

Currently there are five trim levels: Pure, Pure Tech, Dynamic, Dynamic Lux and top-of-the-range Autobiography. Alloy wheels, leather trim, climate control and a touchscreen are all standard, making the Evoque feel at least as luxurious, if not more so, than its German rivals.

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."
What owners say 
4.1 /5 based on 80 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
11 Mar 2015
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