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Range Rover Evoque review - Reliability & safety

Five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and Land Rover's reputation for reliability

Carbuyer Rating

3.9 out of 5

Owners Rating

2.6 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

With a number of safety upgrades and new engine options over the previous model, we expect the new Evoque will be safe and reliable, especially given its premium price tag.

Land Rover retained its 14th-place finish in the 2023 Driver Power survey, following the same result in 2022, and a leap up from 22nd out of 29 in 2021. That’s an encouraging result for the brand, but not so much for the Evoque, which could be found all the way down in 73rd out of 75 in the individual model survey – the lowest rated JLR product and well behind all its nearest rivals.

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The Evoque received a full five-star rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP. It features plenty of standard safety equipment, so you don’t need to dive into the options list to get them.

Range Rover Evoque reliability

Land Rover’s Driver Power rankings as a manufacturer over the past few years can best be described as inconsistent; in 2017, the British brand came 22nd, in 2018 it came seventh, and in 2019 it was 20th, before falling to 25th place in 2020. That inconsistency was no different between 2021 and 2022, with a 22nd followed by a 14th-place finish, something it retained in 2023. The surprise here is that with Land Rover’s close relationship with Jaguar the two brands had such a gap between them. Jaguar managed to finish four places above Land Rover. However, neither brand scored well for overall reliability, and the Evoque finished way back in 73rd place in the car survey – out of only 75 models in total.

Owners also complained about high running costs, and both economy and servicing were poorly rated. The model clearly has some issues that need ironing out, compounded by news in 2023 of a parts shortage.

Safety

Euro NCAP awarded the Evoque five stars when it tested the car in early 2019. That overall score was achieved thanks in part to a 94% score in the adult occupant category, and an impressive 87% rating for child occupant protection.

Even the unnamed base model features emergency braking, a driver alert sensor, lane-keep assist, a brake pad wear indicator and a pedestrian airbag. Traffic-sign recognition, an adaptive speed limiter, a clear exit monitor with more tech available if you upgrade to one of the higher trim levels. Top HSE models also include blind-spot assist, high-speed emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

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