Review: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2019)


Finally nails the baby Range Rover brief. Much improved ride and excellent interior.

Mild hybrid improves economy and emissions on paper - but not in the real world. Expensive. No plug-in hybrid from launch.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2019): At A Glance

While the first-generation Range Rover Evoque was a good effort, we felt it didn’t quite nail the brief. Luckily, Land Rover has caught up fast with this, the second-generation version of the premium compact SUV. Ladies and gentleman, the baby Range Rover is finally here.

The growing popularity of rivals like the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 means that this is a market sector which can’t be ignored. So what’s new for 2019? Well, there’s no three-door for a start. And at first glance the new model doesn’t actually look that much different to the old one.

But it’s under the metal where the real progress has been made. Engineers have given the car a heavily revised platform with very little carried over, apart from the odd hinge bracket and the ECU mount. That means practical improvements in terms of rear passenger space and boot capacity, as well as ride and handling.

While its unlikely that an Evoque will ever find its way off-road (on purpose), drivers will have no trouble coping with inclement weather, snow, loose surfaces like mud and gravel. The all-wheel drive automatic come with a choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system fitted to reduce carbon-dioxide. That means emissions as low as 149g/km and up to 50mpg. Next year, there’ll be a plug-in hybrid as well as a three-cylinder petrol.

Right now, though, there’s also plenty of tech to keep gadget-focussed drivers happy. The new Evoque features the clear sight rear view mirror option. This is a high-def screen that displays the view from the rear camera, aiding visibility in poor conditions.

Ticking the option box marked Ground View is like having your own in-car Paul Daniels – it makes the bonnet disappear by giving the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the car on the front screen. Now that’s magic.

Prices start at £31,600 for the 150PS front-wheel drive diesel manual and stretch to the 300PS petrol 4WD auto £40,350... plus options.

What does a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2019) cost?

List Price from £31,715
Buy new from £29,142
Contract hire from £300.84 per month

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2019): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4371 mm
Width 2100 mm
Height 1649 mm
Wheelbase 2681 mm

Full specifications

Just like the last model, the new Evoque is a great place to spend your time. To get in it, you have to get past the Velar-style door handles. These sit flush when the car is in motion, but pop out when you unlock the vehicle.

Once onboard you can appreciate some fine cabin features. There’s not a lot of clutter, with most of the heavy lifting done by the onboard infotainment system – although the most important functions (nav, media, vehicle settings) all have their own icons along the bottom of the menu bar. Much like your smartphone but only harder to press with your poseable thumbs.

As you’d expect, the Evoque comes with leather options, but you can also more sustainable alternative, including one made from recycled plastic bottles. From the driver’s seat, there is a twin touchscreen (standard on SE) with quicker software than previous outings (although our test car still suffered from a bit of lag), and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also included.

The big news, though, is what Land Rover's done to the rear-view mirror. Opt for the digital rear-view mirror and you get a high-def screen that displays what the rear camera sees. It’s good because it means you don’t have to put up with the poor visibility from the rear screen and it gives you a decent view of blind spots. It’s bad because objects in the rear-view mirror are massively zoomed in, which makes it hard to gauge space when parking. You can turn it off, but then it’s like looking at the world through sunglasses and probably not great in the dark.

Rear seat space is increased by 20mm, meaning you can fit a six-footer folded up in there. The rear bench seat is deeply recessed and angled downwards, so your knees aren’t too close to the chair in front and your head doesn’t quite hit the roof.

Rear boot space is up 10 per cent to 591 litres, which is plenty for two weekend suitcases, plus bags and coats.

Standard equipment

Evoque: Automatic LED headlights, rain sensing wipers, tailgate spoilers, heated door mirrors, heated windscreen and washer jets, 17in 10-spoke alloys, tyre pressure monitoring system, two-zone climate control, push button start, leather steering wheel, 10in touch pro screen, DAB, Bluetooth, electric windows, rear camera, front and rear parking aid, lane keep assist, cruise control, driver condition monitor emergency braking, Terrain Response 2*, All Terrain Progress Control*, low traction launch*, hill decent control*, torque vectoring braking*, passive suspension, hill launch assist, electronic assisted power steering, dynamic stability control, traction control, roll stability control, electric parking brake (*standard on auto only), voice control, brake pad wear indicator, ABS, EBD, rear ISOFIX, power operated child locks, six airbags. 

S: 18in alloys, leather seats, navigation, smartphone pack (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay), auto fold door mirrors with approach lights, auto dimming rear-view mirror, traffic sign recognition and live speed limiter. 

SE: Premium LED headlights with DRL, auto high-beam, front and rear animated indicators, 20in alloys, 14-way heated memory front seats, Touch Pro duo touch screen, interactive driver display, powered tailgates, park pack (clear exit monitor, park assist, 360-degree parking aid, rear traffic monitor). 

HSE: Perforated Windsor leather seats, 16 way heated electric memory front seats, interior luxury pack (with upgraded leather steering wheel), Meridian sound system, Clear Sight interior mirror, powered gesture tailgate, keyless entry, drive pack (blind spot assist, adaptive cruise control, high-speed emergency brake). 

First Edition: Matrix LED headlights with DRL, headlight power wash, black contrast panoramic roof, privacy glass, configurable ambient lighting, electrically adjustable steering column, First Edition carpet mats, gradiated linear dark aluminum trim with First Edition script, interior luxury pack and extended leather upgrade, heated steering wheel, illuminated metal treadplates, head-up display.

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What's the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2019) like to drive?

While the ride in the previous generation Evoque could be crashy and jarring, the new model tackles the bumps in a much more impressive manner. It’s not quite a Citroen-style magic carpet ride, but most ruts and bumps are tackled with minimal fuss.

It’s the same with corners. The Evoque sits on a heavily revised platform (called premium transverse architecture). That means improved torsional rigidity from the body shell and therefore reduced body roll. A little weight has been added to the steering, which is no bad thing and improves the car’s sense of dynamics.

On the motorway, comfort setting is more than adequate to take the stress out of the nose-to-tail commute. Away from the A-roads, we much preferred the car in sport mode with gear shifts controlled manually from the column-mounted paddle shift. While the throttle response isn’t slow, the ’box could sometimes be slow to kickdown, before dropping two gears - not ideal if you need a quick pass.

And the mild hybrid? It's a 48v electric powertrain that harvests energy from braking and stores it in a battery located under the floor. The engine also shuts off when the speedo dips under 11mph and you're on the brakes.

Of course, this is a Range Rover so it needs to be good both on road and off (even if the need never arises). And the Evoque is pretty capable – perhaps more so than it’s allowed to be by its limited ground clearance. Over a mix of surfaces that included gravel and mud, the Evoque barely broke a sweat.

It’s helped, of course, by a range of clever tech. There’s Land Rover’s much-loved hill descent control, which means the car never runs away from you on slippery downhill slopes. And there’s something similar now for going uphill – just set your progress speed and (up and) away you go.

In fact, it’s got all kinds of tricks up its dashboard. There’s an automatic terrain response control (which decides whether you get comfort, sand, gravel/grass/snow, or mud and ruts). Gadgets to stop the Evoque rolling back when its on a hill, plus a 600mm wading depth with sensors to warn if you’re in too deep.

Perhaps one of the cleverest bits of tech is Ground View. Not only is this handy when parking in a tight spot, but also when the car’s at a 45-degree angle and you need to see if you’ve cleared the rocks or your about smash the car's face in.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
D150 - 10.5 s 143 g/km
D150 Automatic 4WD - 11.2 s 149 g/km
D180 Automatic 4WD - 9.3 s 150 g/km
D240 Automatic 4WD - 7.7 s 163 g/km
P200 Automatic 4WD - 8.5 s 176 g/km
P250 Automatic 4WD - 7.5 s 180 g/km
P300 Automatic 4WD - 6.6 s 186 g/km

What have we been asked about the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2019)?

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Could you suggest a small, comfortable crossover?

I’m 72 and have a 2013 Honda CR-V petrol automatic. I love the car, especially the fully adjustable driver’s seat as I have a bad back. However, I have to park on the road and I really need a smaller SUV with the same amount of tech and comfort as my CR-V. I would appreciate any suggestions.
If budget allows, you could look at something smaller but more premium like a Volvo XC40, Lexus UX or Range Rover Evoque. Alternatively, we'd recommend a Volkswagen T-Cross or Honda HR-V.
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