Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016–2019)

What's good

Is guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go.

Good to drive both on and off road.

Upmarket interior. 

13-3-2018: New software update that gets rid of most of the Incontrol Touch Pro (entertainment system) gremlins. This update is for Discovery Sport, Evoque, Velar amd F-Pace . It’s called 17c. Or 3.5.  Released late February, so if anyone has trouble with the infotainment system, they need to shout at their dealer for the latest update.

What to watch out for

There are much better soft-tops for the money.

Boot is tiny and has a narrow opening.

Very little room for passengers in the back.

15-9-2017: According to a July 2017 Service Compliance Notification sent out by Jaguar Land Rover, 16MY and 17MY Discovery Sport (DS) and Range Rover Evoque 2.0L Ingenium Diesel vehicles (EU6b Market) are suffering from premature diesel dilution of the engine oil due to a "higher than expected" number of DPF regeneration cycles. The root cause of the problem lies in hardware and architecture issues ("differences") which were seemingly not addressed when the Ingenium engine was migrated from the Jaguar product line to the Land Rover SUV models. Consequently, DS and Evoque vehicles require a higher amount of post-injection activity in order to achieve the same carbon burn rate, compared to the similar 2.0L diesel when fitted in the XE and XF. A service indicator informs drivers that an interim oil service is required when oil dilution hits 6.1% and, based on owners' personal reports, this normally happens anywhere between 6,000 miles and 12,000 miles, against a nominal service interval of every 21,000 miles or 2 years. JLR is currently operating a "goodwill" campaign under which owners of Evoque and DS vehicles registered before 1st June 2017 will obtain the interim oil and filter changes free of charge, so long as the service indicator comes on before 15,750 miles from new, or since the last scheduled service. Web forum reports from DS and Evoque owners point to diesel dilution typically increasing at rates of between 0.5% and 1.0% per 1,000 miles extrapolated from service messages being displayed anywhere from 6,000 to 12,000 miles, depending on "driving style". Forum posts: and:

28-09-2017: Oil dilution counter and early service requirements The “Service Required” message is being displayed early due to oil dilution, caused by a higher than expected number of partial DPF regeneration cycles. The duration/distance to complete a full regeneration on 3.0-litre diesel Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Discovery plus 2.0-litre diesel Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery, is longer than 2.0-litre diesel Jaguar XE and XF, increasing the likelihood of an interrupted regeneration at the end of a journey. Due to hardware and architecture differences between model lines, the amount of post injection required to achieve a similar bur rate is much higher. This combines to significantly increase the fuel in oil (FIO) contribution for each successful regeneration. Combined with the increased post injection requirement and increased impact of interrupted regeneration on oil dilution, FIO increases at a much faster rate on the Land Rover models. Oil dilution at 6.1% will trigger the “Service Required” message. Based on driving style and usage, this value may be reached in advance of the service interval that was quoted in the online marketing and brochure (3.0-litre diesel Range Rover and Range Rover Sport – 16,000 miles / 12 months or 2.0-litre diesel Evoque and Discovery Sport – 21,000 miles / 24 months. The handbook states that, depending on the type and style of driving that the vehicle is subjected to, the indicator may display a service message at a shorter distance than shown in the service interval plans.

3-10-2017: Service compliance notification Download it here

19-12-2017: Report of December 2016 Range Rover Evoque convertible suffering cooling system problem at 11,000 miles in October 2017 and needing a new engine.

21-11-2019: Report of Range Rover Evoque convertible needing two replacement reversing cameras.


14-9-2016: Voluntary Safety recall for Range Rover Evoque 2016 Model Year and Land Rover Discovery Sport 2016 Model Year. Engine cover to fuel line foul. "Your Land Rover authorised repairer will ensure the securing washers are pushed fully home and remove 9mm from the plastic moulded retaining posts. In addition, the tape wrapped around the fuel hose protective sleeve and the fuel hose will be visually inspected and replaced if there are signs of damage."

31-1-2017: R/2016/289: Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque with 2 ltr diesel vehicles with automatic transmission: Electical Short Circuit: It has been identified that the engine wiring harness of the 2.0ltr engined vehicles fitted with automatic transmission may have been incorrectly routed which may allow the wiring harness to contact the water charge air cooler bracket. Engine vibration can cause a chaffing condition where the outer sheathing of the cable can wear through and expose the wires of the engine harness. Depending on the orientation of the wires within the harness, then damage to wires can result in electrical arcing and a short circuit. This condition can also result in the illumination of a warning light on the instrument panel, loss of the electronic steering system, engine cut out without warning, melting of the cable sheathing and surrounding parts. Also, in extreme circumstances it can cause an under-bonnet fire. Fix: All affected vehicles will be recalled to inspect the clearance between the engine harness and water charge air cooler bracket. If the clearance is not to the correct specification the wiring harness will be repositioned and secured to ensure the specified clearance is achieved. If the engine harness shows signs of chafing the engine harness will be repaired, re-positioned to ensure the correct specification. VINs: SALVA2BN2HH168185 to SALVA5BN3HH188706 and
SALCA2AN9HH633943 to SALCA2BN2HH653045; build dates: 4-7-2016 to 10-10-2016

2-1-2018: LandRover Service Action N128 announced concerning balancer shaft whine.

15-3-2019: 44,000 JLR cars fitted with Ingenium 2.0 litre diesel engines recalled because CO2 emissions can vary and exceed the required limits. Affects Jaguar E-Pace, F-Pace, XE and XF, as well as the Land Rover Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover Sport, Evoque and Velar, models from between 2016 and 2018. Issue discovered by the UK VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency). "Certain vehicles fitted with 2.0L diesel engines may emit excessive levels of CO2 and may not conform with the certified condition. The product does not comply with the regulation setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars and the regulation on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles." Owners will be contacted by letter.

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