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Range Rover Evoque Review

The Range Rover Evoque is a small SUV with an upmarket interior and more off-road ability than you’ll probably ever need. Many of its desirable high-tech features cost extra, however.

8/10
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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

What's good

  • Upmarket interior
  • Great off-road
  • Good-sized boot

What's not so good

  • Looks like the old model
  • Alternatives are cheaper…
  • …and more economical

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Overall verdict

The Range Rover Evoque is a small SUV with an upmarket interior and more off-road ability than you’ll probably ever need. Many of its desirable high-tech features cost extra, however.

The Range Rover Evoque is a small, premium SUV that you should consider if you want stylish looks, a high-tech interior and the ability to traipse further off-road than the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X2 and Volvo XC40. This all-new model features some of the fanciest tech of any small SUV, too.

It doesn’t look particularly futuristic from the outside, though. In fact, from the side, this new model looks almost identical to the old Range Rover Evoque – even though they only share their door hinges. From the front, it looks much more fresh-faced thanks to some hand-me-down headlights borrowed from its bigger brother – the Velar – as well as some tasty copper-coloured details in high-spec R-Dynamic guise.

So, it might look similar to its predecessor on the outside, but the latest Range Rover Evoque’s cabin is a feast of high-tech features – a bit like a modern digital camera that’s been made to look like a retro 35mm item. Go for a top-spec model and you get three infotainment displays including a digital driver’s display and a screen on the centre console that’s exclusively for controlling the heating and ventilation.

The whole system’s pretty easy to use and it can even learn where you want your seat positioned, how warm you want the cabin and even whether you prefer a gentle or heavy-handed seat massage. Very impressive.

Sadly, all these headline-grabbing features don’t come as standard, but at least entry-level cars do come with a single 10-inch screen, some slick aluminium trims and mood lighting.

You do have to pay extra for leather seats, but you can choose to trim your Evoque’s cabin with upholstery made with a Eucalyptus-based fabric instead. It’s kinder to the environment and will doubtless score you plenty of (dairy-free) brownie points from any vegan passengers.

Even in the company of many swanky small SUVs, the Range Rover Evoque is one of the most stylish. And, it comes with some seriously impressive in-car tech, too.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

Vegan or not, even your fussiest friends won’t have much to complain about in the Evoque. There’s enough space in the back for six-foot-tall adults to get comfortable and the seats themselves are nice and supportive. Things are even better in the front, where you get loads of adjustment to help you find your ideal driving position.

Unlike the old Evoque, this new car comes with five doors as standard so it’ll be dead easy to fit a child seat in the back. Loading the boot won’t present any problems either – the new Evoque’s 590-litre boot is around 10% bigger than the old car’s and much larger than the BMW X2’s. There’ll be space for plenty of suitcases or a few generously proportioned dogs.

If you fancy taking your four-legged friends for a countryside excursion, the Range Rover Evoque is more than up to the job – providing you avoid the entry-level model with its manual gearbox, front-wheel drive and 150hp diesel engine. The rest of the range comes with a smooth automatic gearbox, grippy four-wheel drive and your choice of petrol or diesel engines producing as much as 300hp.

You get a plethora of off-road driving aids to help make sure you don’t get stuck too, including Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system. This makes setting the car up for a variety of off-road conditions easy, even if you’re a novice, by giving you a variety of presets to choose from including Sand, Grass, Gravel, Snow, and also Mud and Ruts. You can even wade through water up to 60cm deep – 10cm deeper than the old car managed.

If pottering around town sounds more like your thing, you can get the Range Rover Evoque with a clever camera system which helps you avoid scraping its lovely alloy wheels on tall kerbs or narrow width restrictors.

All this means the Range Rover Evoque is just as happy nipping to the shops as it is clawing its way up rocky farm tracks. So, if it’s a small SUV with a posh cabin, plenty of off-road ability and an impressive amount of tech you’re after, this could be the car for you.

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