Review: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2011 – 2019)
Very fashionable and desirable. Sleek looks. High-quality interior. Available as a five-door or three-door coupe.
Top models are pricey. Question marks over reliability. Engine oil contamination from DPF regens after short runs.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2011 – 2019): At A Glance
The Evoque has been a massive hit for Land Rover. As soon as it was launched, demand for the stylish SUV with concept car looks outstripped supply and a waiting list built up. Yet despite that, it seems that we’re seeing the Evoque everywhere and good British design on our roads is back in fashion.
It's certainly hugely desirable but it’s also a premium-priced product. Thankfully, the £28K entry level model looks as good as its fully-optioned £50K counterpart and potential buyers won’t feel shortchanged at the kerbside. Certainly, the Evoque turns heads, which is quite an achievement considering it’s been around a while now.
But the arresting style that’s created by exquisite detailing and that daring roofline and windscreen rake has yet to be copied by the opposition, meaning it’s a car without rivals. And that’s the thing with the Evoque. If you judge it dispassionately on its merits, you could come away feeling a little unmoved by it.
It’s not ballistic-fast, nor does it boast sporting handling. It’s not that roomy either, and those with narrow garages will find it a tight fit. It’s also more expensive than the roomier car it’s based on. And yet, just like the original 1970 Range Rover – but for very different reasons – the Evoque is brilliant. Brilliant in its desirability.
You’ll either love or hate the Evoque, but you’ll not be able to ignore it. If you want practical or value for money, shop elsewhere. If you want to feel and look good, buy an Evoque. And right now, it looks like rather a lot of you are.
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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2011 – 2019): What's It Like Inside?
Luckily the interior more than lives up to the high standards the exterior sets out. Jump in and you’re greeted with a wonderful mix of almond and nutmeg seat and dash shading, contrasted by brushed aluminium trim. The dashboard plastics are nicely textured, while the seat fabric – redolent of Alcantara – is tough and feels nice to touch.
Being so light, it’s hard to imagine it staying clean for very long, but as it’s more likely to be ploughing boutique alley than the farmyard, this is unlikely to be too much of an issue. Finally, the design and architecture of the interior is fantastic – from the reclined car-like driving position to the way the centre console swoops through the main dash structure, it’s clear that the Evoque has been styled thoroughly inside as well as out.
Ergonomically, it’s good, but not perfect. The electronic parking brake and start/stop button are oddly positioned (which you would get used to), but the access to the rear seat is hampered by the laughably slow electric motor that pushes the seat forward into the tilting position.
Of course if you need regular access to the rear, you’ll be buying the five-door. And as for visibility, the lofty driving position means a nice view forward. But the view behind is poor, especially at the rear three-quarters. The huge door mirrors also do a fair bit of view-blocking on corners, so take care and buy the rearward facing camera for parking.
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What's the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2011 – 2019) like to drive?
- Engines range from 2.0 Si4 240 Automatic to 2.2 SD4 Coupe Automatic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 17–51 mpg
Go for an entry-level model and you'll still be spending around £30k and with options like the £1900 Tech Pack (which includes the Meridian media system), £300 rear view camera and £790 panoramic roof it's far from being a value proposition.
But at least it feels like you’re buying something special for your money – it sits on 19 inch alloys and has LED running lights, which give it that ‘premium’ feel without looking flash or pretentious. And that’s what good design is all about.
Once underway, the 150PS turbodiesel just gets on with the job quietly and disappears into the background. And offers far more usability than the bare figures would have you believe. The 0-62mph time of 10 seconds is more than adequate, even if you’ll not be bragging about the 112mph top speed.
In reality, it feels punchy in cut and thrust driving and has a nice, wide power band. The gearchange is light and accurate, if not especially direct feeling and the steering is quick and well-weighted, although it can feel sticky and oddly-weighted around the centre.
Push harder and the Evoque reveals its off-road roots. It rolls more than a similarly priced executive saloon might and if you’re really cracking on, the back end can start feel a little bit light in quicker bends. But overall, it’s mechanically hushed, long legged, and rides reasonably well, with just a little jitter on broken road surfaces.
There is some wind and tyre noise at motorway speed, but that’s probably exacerbated by the quietness of the engine once in its long-striding sixth gear. It excels in cossetting the driver, and is also a wonderful lesson in good design.
|2.0 eD4||48–49 mpg||11.2 s||113 g/km|
|2.0 eD4 Coupe||67 mpg||11.2 s||109 g/km|
|2.0 SD4 Automatic||49 mpg||7.3 s||153 g/km|
|2.0 SD4 Coupe Automatic||49 mpg||7.3 s||153 g/km|
|2.0 Si4 240 Automatic||39 mpg||7.3 s||165 g/km|
|2.0 Si4 290 Automatic||34–37 mpg||6.4–7.2 s||173–196 g/km|
|2.0 Si4 290 Coupe Automatic||37 mpg||6.3 s||173 g/km|
|2.0 Si4 Automatic||36 mpg||7.1–7.6 s||181 g/km|
|2.0 Si4 Coupe Automatic||33–36 mpg||7.1–7.6 s||181–199 g/km|
|2.0 TD4||46 mpg||10.0 s||125 g/km|
|2.0 TD4 Automatic||44–55 mpg||9.0 s||134 g/km|
|2.0 TD4 Coupe Automatic||58 mpg||9.0 s||129 g/km|
|2.2 eD4||57 mpg||10.6 s||133 g/km|
|2.2 eD4 Coupe||58 mpg||10.6–11.2 s||129 g/km|
|2.2 SD4||50 mpg||9.5 s||149 g/km|
|2.2 SD4 Automatic||47 mpg||8.0 s||159 g/km|
|2.2 SD4 Coupe||50 mpg||9.5–10.0 s||149 g/km|
|2.2 SD4 Coupe Automatic||44–49 mpg||8.0–8.5 s||153–169 g/km|
|2.2 TD4||50 mpg||10.8 s||149 g/km|
|2.2 TD4 Coupe||50 mpg||10.8 s||149 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2011 – 2019)
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