An ongoing long term review on what its like to own an Evoque, the running costs and the order process.
Dates: Nov – Dec 2011
Unexpected Costs: 0
Avg MPG: 30
We first put in the order for the Evoque way back in May, just after the first images and details had been released for it. The exact spec we went for was:
Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4 Dynamic 5dr Auto [Lux Pack] (RRP 42,995)
We didnt go over-board with the options list, as the Lux Pack had most of the toys we wanted, below are the the additional options we chose:
Spare wheel (120) – Just in case!
20 inch 7 spoke Wheels (225) – Some reviews have said the ride quality is worse with them, but they look smart
Heated steering wheel (180) – A totally unneeded luxury, but brilliant in the winter
Contrast white roof (500) – Looks great with the panoramic sunroof
Metallic paint (550) – The paint colour is called Firenze Red.
After numerous delays, due to the factory, we finally picked the car up in early November. First impressions were that wed forgotten just how small it is! Compared to the Range Rovers that surrounded it at the dealership, the Evoque looks absolutely tiny, both in height and width.
Were pleased with the 2.2 SD4 engine. Its a bit shuddery and noisy on start-up, but once youre moving its quiet and smooth. Acceleration is strong, with plenty of low down torque.
However, the MPG figures were currently getting are way off the claimed figures, which for the 2.2 SD4 is 43.5mpg. We know that it takes a while for diesel engines to settle in, but after 2,500+ miles wed have hoped to be getting better economy. Currently on normal every day roads, a mix of urban and country, we average between 20-30 with 38mpg being the best so far, which was on a long motorway journey.
The voice-control seems to be similar to other systems weve tried, its ok for very simple commands but pretty much useless for anything complex. Not that it matters really, as everything can be controlled from the steering wheel.
There are a number of ways to connect an MP3 player, inside the central storage compartment are 3 ports (an Aux in, iPod connection and USB), theres also a handy 12V charger within the storage space. Connecting a phone through Bluetooth is quick and painless, the car also recognises the phone instantly when you next get back into the car.
The boot space is limited, but we knew that when we got it. With the optional spare wheel, theres no hidden extra storage space either. The rear seats are easy to fold and raise, perfectly manageable with one hand, but they dont fold completely down, so arent flush with the boot floor.
By far the best feature for backseat passengers is the panoramic sunroof, which lets in loads of light, makes the cabin feel airey and spacious and looks fantastic. It gives you a great view of the outside world too. We sat in a couple of Evoques without one, and they did feel a lot more claustrophobic. With the panoramic roof theres plenty of headroom, and leg room in the back is plentiful too.
Lots of the Evoque reviews criticise the poor rear visibility out the back, which is admittedly limited. It isnt a problem when parking, thanks to all the cameras and sensors, but the view out of the rear-view mirror is restricted.
The rear windows are very high up, which is fine for adults, but young kids simply wont be able to see out the windows. The same goes for baby seats. This could be an issue for children prone to motion sickness!
The front screen has the impressive ability of being able to show a different image to the passenger and driver simultaneously. This means the driver could have the sat-nav map up, while the driver watches a DVD on the same screen. The passenger can have a different audio-feed through the screen too, so it’s totally feasible to watch a movie with headphones, while the driver listens to the radio. Its the toy that friends seem to like most, but is seriously anti-social in practice!
The gripes we have about the Evoque, other than the MPG are fairly miniscule. The most annoying is that the passenger seat isnt very adjustable, it cant be raised or lowered. To be able to do so, you have to spec the electric passenger seat. Another problem was that the rear reversing camera seems continually fogged up first thing in the morning, and also gets covered in dirt very quickly.
The only other thing we noticed was that it’s obvious that the exhaust trim on the Dynamic spec isn’t the real exhaust. Looking at the car from behind you can see through the trim, down to the road below. Nitpicking, but it shows how few faults weve found so far!
Well keep updating this article and list how were getting on with the Evoque. For further reading, check out our full guide to the Evoque, which amongst other info contains reviews from other owners.