Saw one in metal in Linköping, SWE. Awesome looking beast!
All car makers should make their production model like their concept counterparts.
I like the price too!
You know, I’ve seen a couple on the street, and they do look great, but not as great as I expected. Photography flatters them a little
Absolutely – the 3 door with those red seats is super!
Fantastic looking in the photos and in real life as well. If only all cars looked this good.
…where would the tow truck industry be without Land Rover !!!
BTW the car has complementary 3 year 24h free towing!!!
…and quick get the oil pan under the engine!!!
“Instant classic” lol
Refreshing to see a concept make it into production relatively unscathed..
I actually saw that white one in Macquarie Park a few weeks ago. Absolutely stunning. Great proportions. Looks even better than some of the Hyundai stuff coming out at the moment!
Wonder if the other Range Rover models will take on some of this new DNA..
You comparing Hyundai to Range Rover is enough to make Hyundai management happy – or Range Rover management sad…
P.S. I have to say the Evoque looks much, much better than Great Wall X200.
Awesome looking car (from a Sportage owner) This car has the rear end the Sportage deserves.
Great work Range Rover.
From a Sportage owner?! Not what relevance that has. Sure Kia have made huge improvements in their latest vehicles. They needed to. But a Sportage is no where the same league as this Range Rover.
Obviously, don’t forget that Sportage is 40% cheaper!
The comment was related to styling (quite clearly) with the Sportage regarded as one of the best looking compact SUV’s . Despite that fact I still think KIA could have put a bit more time into getting the rear end better sorted. Hence the original post.
Lars summed the rest up perfectly regarding the price aspect v’s segment.
Of course there is also still the issue of reliablity to be proven which has dogged some of their vehicles such as the Freelander mk1.
The Evoque is a luxury SUV. As for reliability – there is no more an issue than Kias of the same era as the Freelander Mk1
sportage makes evoque an even better buy when you consider the price.
I was one that pre ordered without seeing one of driving it. Another thing is given the fuel consumption of the diesel it does not attract the luxury car tax to $75k, the petrol model kicks in at the lower level of $57k (not sure of the exact numbers).
You might say the options are rather inexpensive but once you start adding them the base price starts getting up there. You can easily get the drive away price up to $80k +. Carsales already has on optioned up for over $100k
Great to hear and dare I say, great choice. You’re right, the options do add up (which is why I’ve put the options list in the negatives) however, I think they are reasonable priced compared to other European rivals.
As for the LCT, yes, that’s true and I did think about it. This is why the price difference between diesel and petrol (SD4,SI4) is similar, however, if I was the one buying, I’d go with the petrol.
I had a look at one of these. All geared up to be impressed.
Couldn’t help but think as i walked away, “you have to be kidding”.
The price for what you are getting is ridiculous. Enjoy your new clothes emperor.
Had one of these coming up from behind yesterday – looked nice indeed. BUT found it amusing that when the driver indicated the day light led on that side of the headlight dimmed (while the other headlight was still bright) – thought that made it look like a faulty =P..
Nah iNoob, They are meant to do that. All Audis do it as well. The idea behind it is to make the indicator on that side more visible.
thanks for pointing that out Jumbo =)
So the petrol engine is actually the Ford EcoBoost ? Don’t theft have an engine of their own?
Variants of the engine is shared across a number of cars including Ford Mondeos and Volvo S60/V60/XC60. Its supposed to be coming in the Ford Falcon. I’ve sampled it in several of the Volvos and I like it. Even though I’m also a diesel convert I like this engine. Of interest – if I’m reading the specs correct on the LR website – the diesel models only have a 55 or 58 litre fuel tank (our little C30 T5 has a bigger tank), while the petrol models is much larger at 70 litres. Not sure that is a misprint. If its correct, the petrol might have more range than the diesels.
We bought a new Freelander a few years ago and the engine ceased about 4 weeks outside of warranty.
We do not trust land rover and never will again.
Has to be a nagging consideration – if it was built by any of the Germans I’d have one in a heartbeat – I liked the Freelander 2 – drove it etc and good ride etc but head opted for the Xtrail instead – reliability being my greatest concern especially 1,000 clicks from the city.
Good luck however to LR – perhaps with the Indians in charge, they might improve – BMW or Ford could not do it. Is it because of where they are made – good design & engineering but indifferent quality control ?
I’m with you John (namesake) as different as they are couldn’t justify paying this much for a mini “Ford”.
Despite the multitude of “testers” depicting this as an offroad vehicle, i wouldn’t take this off-road in a blind fit. The front overhang alone makes this laughable.
I tried to like it but i just couldn’t.
“… it’s more capable over the rough stuff than the current Freelander. This is thanks to its higher ground clearance, shorter front and rear overhangs and lower kerbweight.” Autocar
If you think a car like this (or an X1, Q3 etc etc etc) is designed primarily as an off-road car THEN I suppose you have a point.
But as designed – is it fit for purpose? Absolutely.
As regards reliability…..
“Land Rover has not exactly been a byword for reliability in the past. However, the Evoque is built at the old Jaguar X-Type factory in Halewood, which did earn a golden reputation” 5FWD
My Jag is an X-Type – 4.5 yrs old and solid as teak.
So – who knows – maybe the days of questionable quality are on the reverse of the Mercedes curve?
So YOU’RE the guy that bought the X-Type. Thanks for stopping by.
We had 3 Volvos, 2 Hondas, 5 BMW, 3 Mercedes, 2 Vauxhalls and a Land Rover Discovery.
Fully serviced through the main Dealers as part of our Company Car arrangement.
Over 3 years – no problems with the Discovery – AT ALL.
Two Mercedes required new Gearboxes and all three had terrible issues with their emu.
Two of the BMW’s had serious engine issues – one finally had the engine replaced. Rear suspension links seemed to be another major problem with BMWs. One of them (5 series) ate tyres every few thousand miles – turned out there was a problem with one of the many electronics managing traction etc.
The electrics in one of the Hondas gave out – required the whole dash removed.
The two Vauxhalls were stolen – regularly.
The Volvos were nearly fault free – except for a willingness to blow bulbs regularly – they were continuously having the brake/reversing/indicator and headlight bulbs replaced.
I have had my first Jaguar for 4 years now – fault free from new. My brother in Law bought a 6 yr old Jaguar S-type for half the money my nieces fiance bought a same aged 330 diesel BMW. Both one previous owner – both fsh. Jaguar – fault free – BMW so many problems he’s vowed to never buy one again.
Every manufacturer has ups and downs in quality (Toyota’s issues in the US come to mind) – to write off one manufacturer because of a problem is a bit stupid. I never have bought a new car without checking for extendable warranties – AND I always look up what major issues the model has had – before I buy I get the dealer to agree to extend the Warranty to make sure those things are covered.
It’s a Sad fact that the Western World wants “quality” products as cheap as possible. Therefore so much of what we buy is built by little better than slave labour working 12 hour shifts in the far east.
That goes for sub components of cars as much as anything else.
Alborz, cheers it is a great car. Test drove last week and extremely happy with the choice. The other thing with the options is the for some options you are made to get a pack or something else, for example to get the rear camera you have to get front parking aid.
Problem is the wait now, place my order in Sept and likely delivery is Feb/Mar
Just make sure you have extended new car quality warranty
I checked out both coupe & 5 dr at the Melbourne motor show and was impressed by the cabin presentation, mech’ spec, and overall design, however the rear visibility in both was terrible. The Evoque seems to be the worst of many recent designs that sacrifices the safety aspect of good rear vision for absolute styling purity. While a rear camera is useful it doest help at all in situations such as changing lanes in traffic where you need a good over shoulder view in addition to mirrors. Just as well there is a stack of active safety devices for when you manage to cause an accident, too bad for the other road users though!
Have you ever driven a Van? Truck? Or Towed something? Put too much gear in the back or had the rear seats full of large people?
Rear visibility through a rear screen is overrated – if it wasn’t all big rigs would have a hole through the rear container right to the back! No Ferrari would be road legal – or lambo or Audi R8 etc
Good Mirrors however are essential. And if you are worried about parking – get sensors and cameras.
Nit picking is all well and good – but really? Rear visibility?
I also worry about rear visibility in vehicles. I agree, when towing my van I don’t have great rear visibility – but it doesn’t make me feel safer. Great visibility leads to increased awareness – it is a REAL issue.
If you take a TD4 Pure @ $53 895 and add the following:
Tech Pack $4500
Clearview pack $1700
Auto gearbox $2480
Panoramic roof $1000
Cost = $66 975
add GST = $73 672
Even without adding anything, the base model will not cost you anything under $60 000 not including on-roads & dealer delivery.
Then again, beauty always comes at a price
Those prices all include GST.
Biker, the stamp duty, rego and on roads are approx $6k on top of that
I am one of the few who DONT like its looks.
Range Rover Sport? Yes please.
A 4WD that looks like an elephant sat on its roof? No thanks.
Same here – I’m not a fan after seeing a few on the road. And I doubt any of these will leave the showroom at their RRP. Look on Carsales, there are already 4 that are over $100k – the highest being $116k!
Used Range Rover Sport – absolutely now that there are some for less than basic starting price of this thing.
I’m a fan of Land Rover, but not this thing. I could think of other cars I’d buy if I needed an SUV – Q5 or X3 or RR Sport (even a Freelander over an Evoque) otherwise a nice 5 Series Wagon will do the job nicely.
This an the GT-R account for about 70% of the reviews coming out of CA
This is only the second Evoque review:
The placement of the navigation screen is a bit weird as one has to look down which is not sensible because the focus should be on the road.
The placement of the screen is a little on the low side however the current road or sat nav instructions are also clearly displayed in the centre instrument cluster which is just a glance away.
Thanks for clarifying that !
Cool – it’s good to see the ladies now have a choice between the golf GTI and this
I had to read it again… Kia Sportage – lolololololololo – can you do my wife’s hair next week?
Take nothing away from the sportage, I think it is now the second best looking suv. Just like many car CEO’s have said there biggest threat in the coming years is Hyundai MC. Well worth taking yourself to a dealer and have a look at their products, many would be surprised
Take nothing away from the sportage, I think it is now the second best looking suv. Just like many car CEO’s have said there biggest threat in the coming years is Hyundai MC. Well worth taking yourself to a dealer and have a look at their products, many would be surprised.
It would be my first choice in the class. Just beautiful!
Still can’t beat the Territory as it is very good everything. Having driven many of the new Soft roadera recently I just can’t go past the new Territory for the overall package. It really does make me wonder how Ford can make a car as great as this on such a small budget. It is miles ahead of junk like the Captiva and as good if not better overall than cars worth twice as much.
Talk about seeing things through blue oval glasses – good at everything?! Terrible fuel consumption from its old engine, bland styling that’s been copied from other makers and a cheap looking, poor quality interior. It may be around a bit longer, but this thing will disappear like its fugly old sister the Falcododo. Time to stop flogging a dead horse.
I’ve always thought the territory was bland looking, so I’m with you, manda. I’ve never understoof it’s appeal over a Falcon wagon (RIP).
“Understood”, before I get drucified for my poor typing
haha, I can’t win
I laughed so hard I nearly fell off my chair.
The pre -orders sum it up…its a WINNER with LOOKS..bring it on,can,t wait for 12 months down the track,with normal Rangee market values at approx 40% drop,it suddenly looks like a GREAT surf wagon.
Not really. Surf wagons tend to keep going for years longer than they probably should. No chance of that happening with a Rangie.
another compact suv.. wow
people want to have exciting things
Manda you obviously haven’t even seen one if you think it that. You probably think a Great Wall or a Captiva are good. Why don’t you actually go look at one and even drive then if you know anything about cars at all, which from your anti Ford comments you don’t, you will see and feel how good it is, like all of the experts do.
Wow Leigh – are you one of the “experts” with your amazing assumptions?? I have in fact had a little experience with this vehicle, as I have one as a company car and travel in excess 40,000kms annually. Sure it has some really good characteristics, but fuel economy is appalling. And the development of rattles and flimsy switch gear prove quality is not what it should be
I’ll have you know that there are a lot of “the few” out here in driver land who like and desire TWO door coupe style cars with hatch backs.
Frankly it seems pointless having four doors on most cars when MOST only contain one person, maybe two. Not everyone is breading like rabbits these days.
Not to mention that most famillies have to vehicles. One for each partner in the marriage. Need I go on with the obvious.
We NEED MORE coupes (two doors + hatch back)in this country at all levels.
(keep your dozen kids to yourself)
The Evoque made my shortlist along with the Golf R. It sounds weird but the comparison makes sense to me.
The Evoque gives me more room and off-road, the Golf R gives me performance and track days. This is how I saw it. Brand cache isn’t important to me.
Test drove both;
SD4 impressed but you need options to get the full effect so $75k on road. Golf R with options was $57k on road.
Married in my 30′s with just a dog, I don’t really need the Evoque’s room and I’m not sure if I’d use the off-road. Plus a $18k difference and my decision was made for the Golf R.
If I had a bit more money or kids, I would have chosen the Evoque.
Awesome looks and great performance (Si4)… but it doesn’t come cheap.
Yeah manda sure u have one They haven’t been out long enough to do 40000 klms !!!
seriously? I mean SERIOUSLY?
I’m also one of the people that placed and order with deposit back before they arrived based largely on what I saw at the Motorshow.
Having driven both the petrol and the diesel cars last week (and very happily confirming my order once I was finished) I have to say the diesel is the better engine for mine. I know everyone will have their own preference but for me it was a great engine with plenty of power, was smooth and quiet but most of all it was just super consistent.
The petrol at its best was just brilliant, but get it at the wrong rev range in the wrong gear like when coming out of a slow corner and it could just bog down and go nowhere. For spirited driving its great but how many of us do that all day every day. I found the performance was just a bit hit and miss.
To drive around town the SD4 a much better experience and the difference in between the two at their best was pretty minimal really. And I’m a V8 driver from way back so its not like I don’t get the performance thing.
They dont come cheaply. Priced a 4 door pure on wend $66K A bit expensive?
Visited the local LR/Jag deal to see one yesterday, the main thing that struck me is how solid these lines are now, there was an XJ on the floor next to the Evoque with an XF next to a Defender. It is quite amazing how far JLR has moved in the last 10years when the latest RR was introduced with the help of BMW then Ford. The Evoque was brilliant to look at, the dealer then told me about the next three all new models being released by JLR, their huge sales for the XJ in China etc. Sir W Lyons will be resting more easily again…
Can someone tell me if this would be a better buy than a Volvo XC60?
XC60 is larger in the rear seat and the boot area – I believe the XC60 would be a more practical proposition – the RR is more responsive to drive and arguably more capable on ltd off road work. We have an XC70 in our work fleet – it has been far less reliable than the RRSport we also have – in fact the Sport has been so far – faultless.
As “M” says – they really are different classes of vehicles. The Evoque is a compact SUV (competitors the X1 and the coming Q3) while the XC60 is a mid-sized SUV (competitors Q5, X3 and FL2).
Not having a go at you Tony, but isn’t the Evoque bigger than an Audi Q5? I’ve driven the Q5 (almost bought one) and I’m test driving the Evoque tomorrow. I did pop my head in one (Evoque) last week, and it seemed like the cabin was a lot more spacious than a Q5.
We’re trading up from an Audi A4 and I know the Q5 sits on the same chassis.
I have SUVs in general but this one is an exception for me. Superb styling and it really stands out in traffic.
Whoops wrong spelling. I meant that I hate SUVs in general but this one is an exception for me.
I like the front, but the rear not so much. Would rather buy a 2 year old Range Sport though.
Styling apart, there is literally a tonne of difference between these two vehicles.
I’ve always prefered the design of the sorento over the sportage.. The front of the sportage is just too busy and the rear of the sorento, especially the lights are amazing!
for me, this is the best looking automobile on the road today.
watch as they sell squillions !
what a beautiful car
For $80k I’d get a Landcruiser. 3 years later sell it for $70k.
Im with u mate
Looks like a pile of poo range rover make bad cars so do lamborghini
Great review, made me go and buy one!’
I’m interested, but for that price I’d want some more size.
When you start talking 85K, I’m instantly thinking a 3 litre diesel X3. The 3.0D BMW engine is in my opinion the pinnacle at the moment. Great efficiency and awesome performance.
Beautiful car . . . could you get two seats added in the back to make a ’7 seater’?
Really have to wonder about the petrol over the diesel theme in reviews of this car, driven V8′s all my life and never considered buying a diesel until now. Fully intended to buy the turbo petrol. It constantlys surges looking for the right gear in the auto, its fizzy, lacking composure and a pain in the neck around town. Nothing resembling the smooth, unfussed linear power delivery of the SD4. One minute its leaping forward the next its bogged down going nowhere.
Having driven both if I had to buy the petrol or nothing then nothing it would be.
The best Range Rover Evoques are the 2WD models.
I’m not the typical person that is interested in the range rover evoque, I’m a single 23 year old female and I absolutely love the 5 door variant, I’ve been admiring the evoque on the landrover website for about 2 months now and now that it has come out I have only seen one out on the streets which is disapointing. The one thing turning me off is the price which I know is typical for range rover’s, just means I need to start saving
Well I test drove both the petrol Si4 and diesel Sd4 the other day, I have to say I’m a little bit disappointed. A couple of people have noted how the petrol engine is a bit jerky through the rev ranges and I agree. It also tends to die in corners and take a moment to pick up speed again. The diesel is the smoother engine, but it’s still slow off the mark initially – like all diesels. I also did find the tiny back window more distracting than i thought I would.
The si4 petrol in Prestige is $84100 onroad – the SD4 diesel in Prestige is $83500 (in NSW) For me, just adding Satnav, Panoramic sunroof and a reversing camera, pushed the car to over $90k (oh, and to buy the reversing camera, you HAVE to buy front sensors too – bumps it to about $1300 as a cost option) Roof rails and cross bars are also not included; another $1300 (approx)
Just on the Satnav; I got lost on my test drive (believe it or not) so I thought this was a perfect chance to try the navigation. I put in the dealers address and waited for the route to calculate. It did, but once the Satnav started, the music suddenly came off and on, then some satnav, then the DVD playing a movie! The audio kind of jerked around between the three things, and the satnav never did guide me back, i ended up finding the dealership after a few wrong turns down side streets.
From the looks of the vehicle, I had my heart set on buying one. After driving it, I’ve decided to go with an Audi Q5 – an SUV that drives and feels like a car on the road. I know the drivability wouldn’t be a big issue to everyone, but if you have to have a family SUV (like we do) I at least want something I enjoy driving! The Q5 is the only SUV that’s been a pleasure to drive for me. (and includes the roof rails/cross bars as standard)
Im honestly not trying to bash the Evoque – I love it for what it is. But the two things that turned me off the most were the overall drivability and the expensive cost options. (the audio issue did worry me too) I know the Q5 options are far from cheap, but since they’ve been out for a few years, I can at least source a second-hand one that has lots of options built-in for my budget (the low $80s)
Just my 0.02c
Great car, went to see one in the showroom yesterday. Still have to take it for a drive though.
Only thing keeping my dad from buying one is that we used to have two cabrio’s about 4 months ago.. Mine is already gone and so would his if he buys the Evoque.
So it’s a battle between the Volvo c70 and the Evoque. I’d go for the latter without even thinking about it, but unfortunately it’s my dad’s choice. Another problem is the long delivery date, being July 2012 already..
I had my Evoque now for a few months and the interior quality is atrocious. It does look great but everything is loose and there are many rattles. The stereo produces quality sound which is handy as it is required to drown out the rattles from the poorly designed and.or assembled vehicle. Land Rover have been less than helpful in identfying and rectifying these defects.
Where can I download hi-def photos?