£30,600 - £51,200 Price range
36 - 67 MPG
A gorgeous interior that’s covered in leather and expensive trimmings gives the smallest Range Rover a truly luxurious feel worthy of the name. Interior space is fine for passengers in the front seats, but headroom is limited in the back, especially in the smaller three-door model. On the other hand a large, well-shaped boot makes transporting luggage easy.
In terms of engine choice, the smooth 180hp 2.0-litre diesel fits the refined character of the Evoque better than the thirsty 2.0-litre petrol, which despite being the quickest model needs to be worked hard to get the best from it. The third option is a two-wheel-drive-only 150hp diesel, which doesn’t have the performance you might expect for the price, but is the cheapest model in the range to run.
The Evoque will inevitably spend most of its life on road, so it drives more like a conventional hatchback than a traditional SUV. There is very little body roll, while the cosseting ride and quiet interior at speed makes for comfortable long distance travel.
With its premium aspirations it’s no surprise all models come with cruise control, a leather interior and all-round parking sensors, but unfortunately you’ll have to pay £520 extra for a (outdated and clunky) sat-nav.
Fancy more headroom? Check out the Range Rover Evoque Convertible with a retractable fabric soft top.
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Step inside and the cabin is unmistakably Range Rover – expensive materials, polished metal and soft leather are there in spades, but details such as the trendy mood lighting give it a more youthful feel than what we’re used to from Range Rover.
All Evoques come with an eight-inch touchscreen that controls most of the car’s systems so the dashboard is uncluttered and easy to navigate. The infotainment system feels a bit outdated and slow, and because it’s a touchscreen you need to take your eyes off the road to operate it. BMW’s iDrive remains the best upmarket system thanks to its rotary controller.
Range Rover Evoque passenger space
To mark it out from rivals, the Evoque can be bought not only as a conventional five-door, but also as a stylish three-door coupé. It has sportier looks, but there are a few drawbacks, too. Rear headroom is limited, to put it mildly, and the absence of rear doors hinders access to the back although the huge front doors go some way to resolving the problem. The five-door model has a more upright roofline and passenger space in the back increases to about the class average.
There are no problems with space in the front and the elevated driving position gives great forward visibility. However, the small rear window is near useless, but standard parking sensors across the range rectify that. Opt for the £985 optional panoramic roof that floods the cabin with light and headroom suffers in both three- and five-door models.
Range Rover Evoque boot space
Go for the five-door model and you get 575 litres of boot space, which is impressive for a crossover with little practical aspirations. Put the rear seats down flat on the floor and you get a maximum capacity of 1,445 litres and a flat floor.
In the pursuit of style, the three-door Evoque sacrifices some of its load area. However, at 550 litres in capacity it’s bigger than the ones in the Macan (500 litres) or the Q5 (540 litres) and a mere 10 litres smaller than the X3’s boot.
Driving the Evoque is an enjoyable experience. The direct steering and minimal body roll make it fun to drive when you’re in a hurry, while the ride is impressively comfortable when you want to relax. Even on the biggest 20-inch wheels the Evoque soaks up the worst of the bumps and has a balanced ride similar to that of its big brother, the full-sized Range Rover. The interior is also very quiet apart from the wing mirrors, which cause lots of wind noise at high speeds.
Range Rover is renowned for its capable off-roaders and even though the Evoque has sacrificed some of that ability for better on-road manners it can still get its hands dirty if needs be. All Evoque models equipped with the automatic gearbox get the £185 option of the company’s All-Terrain Progress Control system – it combines the car’s traction and stability control systems along with the ABS to provide the best grip possible. Off-road, the Evoque surges forward like it’s being pulled by an invisible rope. The video at the bottom of this review shows just how capable the trendy crossover is.
The Evoque is a great tow car as well. Reviewers were impressed by the high-speed stability and good amounts of grip in wet weather conditions. The electronic parking brake is great for hill-starts and the maximum towing weight of 1,800kg is about class average.
A range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines provide power to the Evoque and a six-speed manual gearbox is standard. The optional £1,800 nine-speed automatic is highly recommended by reviewers for its smoothness that fits perfectly with the upmarket image.
Range Rover Evoque diesel engines
The cheapest engine for the Evoque is also the most fuel efficient. The 150hp 2.0-litre eD4 can return 65.7mpg on a run and road tax costs £110 per year, but those are about its only redeeming features. A 0-62mph time of 11.2 seconds means you’d need to work it hard to keep up with other upmarket crossovers and doesn’t really live up to the dream of Range Rover’s ownership.
The 180hp TD4 version of the same engine has more pulling power, which translates to quicker overtakes and also comes with the option of four-wheel-drive. The 0-62mph time drops to 10 seconds and fuel economy slips to around 57mpg. This is the best engine to pair with the Evoque because of its reasonable performance and running costs.
Range Rover Evoque petrol engine
With 0-62mph taking 7.6 seconds, the Evoque Si4 is fast, but its quoted combined fuel economy of 36mpg is poor, while CO2 emissions of 181g/km amount to a £225 annual road tax. Without the lazy torque of the diesel models, which have power on demand for overtaking, the petrol never feels much quicker in the real world.
A five-star safety award was easily achieved by the baby Range Rover when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP. All Evoque models come equipped with automatic emergency braking and hill-descent control, which helps with steep off-road inclines.
As with any premium product there is a wide range of optional safety assists such as a blind sport monitoring system (£550), traffic sign recognition (£250) and automatic parking (£600).
As befits a Range Rover even the entry-level Evoque SE is equipped with electrically adjustable, leather upholstered seats, all-round parking sensors, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers and auto headlights. The SE Tech trim adds a heated front windscreen, powerful xenon headlights and the all-important sat-nav.
Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic
SE Dynamic models give the Evoque a sporting appeal with a different bodykit on the outside and stainless steel pedals on the inside. Comfort is ensured by front electrically adjustable seats with a memory function and lumbar support, while technology additions include a more advanced sat-nav, rearview camera and a 380W Meridian sound system with 11 speakers.
Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic Lux
HSE Dynamic Lux models make the Evoque quite the luxurious crossover. Features such as keyless entry, a handsfree tailgate, surround camera system and automatic parking take the hassle out of driving. Range Rover’s most advanced infotainment system with dual-view is also standard – depending on the point-of-view it can display sat-nav information to the driver, while the front passenger watches a DVD on the same screen.
Range Rover Evoque Autobiography
The money-no-object Autobiography model costs nearly twice as much as the entry level SE, but you do get plenty for your money. On the outside there is an Autobiography bodykit, badges and unique 20-inch alloy wheels. Inside there are 14-way electrically adjustable front seats upholstered in premium Oxford leather and a 825W, 17-speaker Meridian surround sound system.
Range Rover Evoque Ember special edition
The Range Rover Evoque Ember special edition comes as standard with Santorini Black paintwork and a Firenze Red contrasting roof. Darkened headlights and brake lights, 20-inch black alloy wheels and black ‘Range Rover’ lettering on the bonnet continue the darkened theme, while the interior boasts black leather upholstery with contrasting red stitching. An upgraded infotainment system with a larger screen is also fitted as standard.
The Evoque is Land Rover’s fastest-selling model to date (in 2016) and has won plenty of ‘best-of’ awards since it was launched in 2011. During that time the design has hardly changed, but small improvements mean it remains top of the pack.
The latest Evoque looks expensive inside and out and comes with quieter engines and technology updates that bring it up to speed with the rest of the carmaker’s line-up. It may not be as good in the rough as the big Range Rovers, but it’s arguably the best on-road. If you’re looking for a small premium crossover then the Evoque should definitely be high on your list.
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