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  • Good to drive whether in city or on open road; interior design and quality; good engines and effective auto; off-road capability; exterior styling
  • Could be more generously equipped and options can be pricey; relatively small boot; poor rear vision

OUR RATING
8 / 10



Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review

It’s been widely feted as one of the great automotive designs on the road today and there’s even been a special edition created by Victoria Beckham, so you could say the Range Rover Evoque has already created quite a stir.

The styling is undeniably striking, especially in the three-door ‘Coupe’ form that made it from the 2008 Land Rover LRX concept to Range Raver Evoque production virtually, and remarkably, intact.

The Evoque features the dramatically tapering roofline and narrow glasshouse combination that was promised by the Range Rover Stormer concept but didn’t quite eventuate when it reached showrooms as the Range Rover Sport.

Land Rover Australia says it can’t get enough Evoques from the UK to satisfy demand, and it’s perhaps not surprising the most affordable Range Rover ever has already supplanted the Discovery as the company’s best-selling model.

The Range Rover Evoque starts at nearly half the price of the next model in the Range Rover line-up, the $99,900 Sport, though it still starts at a higher point than direct rivals that include the new Audi Q3 (from $44,800) and BMW X1 (from $43,900).

That’s for the the eD4 Pure five-door ‘Wagon’ version that costs from $49,995 and, as a front-driver, is the first non-four-wheel-drive Land Rover vehicle to be sold in Australia. (A 2WD Land Rover Freelander 2 is available in Europe and may come here, too.)

Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review

For those who want to venture more seriously off-road – likely to be much fewer than owners of other Range Rover models – the first all-wheel-drive Evoque on the price list is the $53,395 TD4 Pure.

All up, there are a daunting 24 variants to choose from, so we’ll try to simplify the range:

There are two body styles: ‘Coupe’ and ‘Wagon’, with the three-door carrying what is essentially a ‘fashion’ premium over the more practical five-door.

Each is available in three trim levels: entry-level Pure, mid-range Dynamic and top-tier Prestige.

Both can be ordered with 2WD or AWD, though the front-drive Evoque is powered by only one of the three engine types available, all four-cylinders.

That powertrain trio comprises a 110kW/400Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel (TD4) and a higher-output 140kW/420Nm (SD4) version, with the petrol Si4 a 177kW/340Nm 2.0-litre. But does the baby version of the vehicle that gave birth to the luxury 4WD live up to the Range Rover badge inside?

Absolutely. There’s a genuine prestige look and feel to the Range Rover Evoque interior.

Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review

There’s a high-quality feel to the dash (with stitched leather for the top section), door trim and rooflining, and the leather upholstery is beautifully supple. (We’d probably skip the spraytan-gone-wrong colour option, though.) Switches such as the heating and ventilation controls have a delightful tactility, with subtle détentes.

The design is thoroughly contemporary, too, and there’s a simple but smart symmetry to the Evoque’s console and main dash. An air of sophistication is further aided by the electronic park brake and generously sized colour touchscreen.

The Evoque also adopts the rotary gear selector dial – which rises out of the centre console on start-up – that made its JLR (Jaguar-Land Rover) debut in the Jaguar XF luxury sedan.

Form doesn’t override function, either, with a decent-sized glovebox and a useful console bin, though the door bins only allows drink bottles to be stowed flat rather than upright.

The three-door Range Rover Evoque, of course, isn’t as ideal for passengers taking the back seat. Access is a tad awkward even with the electric sliding front seats, and headroom is inevitably reduced by that sloping roof – though occupants up to 6ft will just be about comfortable, including reasonable leg room.

The boot is relatively small and the rear seatbacks don’t fold down completely flat.

Our ‘Coupe’ test car included a no-cost-option three-seat bench, though the middle seat is a bit of a token effort.

Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review

The Evoque with the most sloped roof also has an effect on rear vision, which is wide but very narrow. It’s still poor in the five-door.

Manoeuvring the Evoque is via a small and sporty steering wheel that fits in with a vehicle that is fun to punt along.

Around the straight-ahead position it’s noticeable this is an electrically assisted steering rack, though its responses are encouragingly sharp and the weighting consistent.

The steering is also lighter and more user-friendly than that of the rival BMW X1 that is heavy around town.

And compact dimensions and a well-sorted chassis mean the Range Rover Evoque wouldn’t feel embarrassed dynamically in the presence of the rival BMW X1, either.

In this scenario the Si4 is the pick of the Evoques, with the four-cylinder petrol turbo motor’s enthusiasm for revs matching the spirit of the baby Rangie’s steering and underpinnings.

The standard paddleshift levers mounted behind the steering wheel play their part here, too, allowing the driver to flick between the six ratios of the automatic gearbox.

Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review
Range Rover Evoque Review

The six-speed auto is generally on the pace when it comes to picking the right gear itself though shifts are relatively slow and slurred compared to the rapidity of the dual-clutch systems becoming increasingly prevalent.

The petrol turbo is a fairly refined unit, too, and isn’t loud even at freeway speeds (you’ll notice mild wind rustle more), helped by the fact it uses just 2000rpm at 110km/h.

It’s not blessed with the greatest amount of low-rev response, however, and it’s here where the SD4 turbo diesel, despite a hint of turbo lag, can feel more driveable in the town or city thanks to its smooth, torquey nature.

The auto diesels also offer better combined fuel economy: 6.5 litres per 100km (5.7 manual, 5.0 for the 2WD eD4) versus 8.7L/100km for the petrol. Both are thirstier than the comparable Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

That still makes the Evoque, which disappointingly features engine stop-start on manual models but not autos, a vastly more fuel efficient vehicle than bigger Range Rovers.

Just don’t expect the kind of plush, loping ride you get with a Range Rover Vogue; the Evoque’s suspension is very firm. So you do feel more lumps and bumps, though not enough to prevent the baby Rangie from being a sufficiently comfortable urban vehicle.

Yet while there’s also a vast difference between the starting prices of the big and small Range Rovers, be aware that the Evoque’s teasingly tempting price tags can climb rapidly into six figures with the plethora of options available.

The Range Rover Evoque Prestige Si4 Coupe costs $75, 895 initially but spiralled to $98,414 with additions such as keyless entry ($1495), privacy glass ($670), dual-view touch screen ($1270), panoramic roof ($1035), park assist ($1090), surround camera system ($900) and a $5900 Tech Pack that brings  HDD premium navigation, 10-CD/DVD storage, electric tailgate, front parking sensors and a rear-view camera.

Our Range Rover Evoque Prestige SD4 Wagon starts at $75,375 but in test vehicle form totalled $107,115.

Key standard features for the entry-level Pure include LED foglights, Terrain Response multi-surface control, electric park brake, 17-inch alloy wheels (with 18-inch temporary spare), front, side curtain and driver’s knee airbags, stability control, automatic climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and 5-inch colour information display.

You’ll need to step up to the mid-range Prestige, however, to get items such as rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, full leather upholstery, xenon headlights, full electrically adjustable front seats, rear centre armrest, reverse-gear auto-dipping side mirrors and an 8-inch hi-res touch screen display.

Regardless of the three trim levels you buy, you’ll have to pay extra for the likes of metallic paint ($1300), tyre-pressure monitor ($545), keyless entry ($1495), rear vent climate control ($190) and automatic tailgate ($1020).

And a reverse-view camera that would be useful considering the Evoque’s poor rear vision requires another $670.

With the newest Rangie in such hot demand, resale values at least can be expected to be highly positive.

Land Rover, however, continues to dwell at the lower end of the respected JD Power quality surveys despite sister brand Jaguar performing admirably at the other end.

It’s too early for the Evoque to have had an effect on such surveys, but the company will be hoping for significant improvement in this area.

It should certainly be applauded for building such a bold, concept-style vehicle as the Range Rover Evoque.

And there’s certainly substance to go with the style.


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  • Maximus

    “You’ll need to step up to the mid-range Prestige, however, to get items such as rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry….Regardlessof the three trim levels you buy, you’ll have to pay extra for the likes of metallic paint ($1300), tyre-pressure monitor ($545), keyless entry ($1495)”

    Waaiit what? So is keyless entry standard on the Prestige? Or is it an extra regardless of the trim level?

    • FanBoi

      This is were Range Rover is being clever, offer endless options. Yet, people still pay top $ for extras that come standard in Japanese cars just to look good in a Range Rover Evoque.

      //

  • Dominique Vøn Hütch

    CA seems a bit late to the review party here.

  • Daniel

    I like the Evoque a lot, but I think there is something really dinky looking about the “coupe” (lets be honest, three-door…) and it looks a little lame. I think the five-door looks great, but so far I’ve seen at least three guys in their mid thirties driving a white three-door Evoque with black wheels with the windows down and music playing and frankly, the size of the thing makes them look pretty funny and pretty pathetic. Great car and I am glad they put the coupe into production because that’s what the LRX had originally, but I don’t think it has a whole lot of cred. 

    Also, before anyone writes out an essay on it being over-priced, I may be a biased Range Rover fan, but they need to keep some exclusivity and expense or they’ll lose their image. And it’s their image that’s made this car sell out in most countries, so you can’t argue with it.

  • Gus

    this car is designed to make drivers look good

    • FanBoi

      This car is designed to make “stekare” look good.
      //

      • Gus

        :-) 

  • tonyW

    Did briefly look at this before deciding on an X3. Besides being a smaller vehicle, the real killer in the end was the option prices. Yes I know BMW & Audi are arguably as bad (if not worse), but when you are looking at comparable OTR prices for Range Rover with a BMW or Audi, on resale alone you would go with the Germans. Nice car, but overpriced for what you get.

  • Sydlocal

    Not a bad looking machine, however seeing a two on the side of the road in Melbourne, hazards on and bonnet up in as many days not long after they were released would make me think twice. What made is worse was that was the first two I had seen in the flesh!

  • D987

    The black with silver roof looks is a really nice combination. The sports seats in the coupe look good too.

    • nugsdad

       Silver top – isnt that a taxi?

      • D987

         Maybe Range Rover should release a bright yellow one.

  • Bmer

    Had one for an extended weekend drive, the quality and workmanship is simply not there yet. I would worry about the reliability after the love at first sight’s sex appeal wears thin… 

    Rattles in the test car with flaky door handle got me thinking that this should just be a one night stand.Ended up with a Xdrive30D instead.

    • Joe

      ….and you honestly think your BMW will be more reliable……..good luck on that, I would have the Range Rover every time.

      • Bmer

        Flipped on the xdrive and went with a new Lexus GS450 h instead. Different car but love the quality and tech in it.

  • danvig

    The interior looks like a rather pleasant place to be.

  • Gav

    No mention of the Tech Pack? I think that’s the best option there is… Perplexed as to its lack of comment in the article.

    Also, comparing I don’t agree with comparing it to the Q3 as the evoque is closer in size to the Q5..

  • Edward

    If theres another Transformers movie im sure this will be in it

  • Exar Kun

    Love the looks and the fact that the interior is so nice.  It’s where BMW is really let down and whilst Audis have lovely interiors, they’re pretty much all identical.  Some great drivetrains too.

    Sounds like the test drive / showroom experience is great but I wonder how long term ownership will pan out?  It’s a car people will really only buy to be a little bit different in this segment, but how much are they willing to pay for this difference?

  • Alan

    I was attracted to one of these with the adds saying Under $50K but after checking this ones not available and to get a nice spec one its more like $90K ,so they have taken a page out of Porsche’s  book on extras .. 

  • http://www.arthisoft.com/inquiry/ Arth I-Soft

    OMG! that’s really amazing car. I really like it.

  • Igomi Watabi

    I really want to like this, because I do like the company, but it’s just a bridge too far. And do you have to get the contrasting roof, cos I hate it.

  • Phil

    A company that is now really getting the look, feel, touch of a car right. Build quality is also good. A luxury feel thats not the same like Merc,BMW and Audi but now better. If the relablility now becomes good, Land rover/range rover brand will get some serious street cred, which it deserves. Resales values also will tell the story, cause for many, this is important. lets see where things stand 18 months from now. and with the new range rover coming and discontinuation of the 2.7l disco, the battle with other brands gets hotter.

    • Daniel

      Get some street cred? Haha they may need to patch up some of their reliability issues, but few things have as much street cred as a Vogue.

  • Tell It As It Is

    A Rav4 with leather and wood. But not as reliable and lower quality under the skin.

    • Gav

      on what basis are you making such ludicrous statements?

  • James T

    Overall I’m very satisfied with the Evoque’s appearance but it’s the performance that has me in a bit of quandary.  I’ve had the vehicle since March of 12 and noticed almost immediately that their was an issue (or what I thought was an issue) with the way the vehicle was shifting, kind of like driving a manual transmission and being in 4th gear trying to go 20 MPH.  It takes pressing the accelerator almost to the floor before it shifts to the lower gear.  I’ve had it back to the dealership 3 times now and they were able to emulate what I was experiencing but had no reasoning as to why it was happening.  They even went as far as having one of the technicians taking it home and still they had no answers.  Finally an Engineer from the Mother Ship drove it and he said what I was experiencing was a characteristic of the (Ford) Ecoboost engine and that I should consider driving a bit more aggressively.  Kind of negates the whole claim to economical when you have to put your foot in the accelerator all the time but I gave it a whirl anyway.  Still had the same issue no matter how it’s driven.  For a vehicle I had to pay $5K+ over invoice, i’m not very happy.  I’ve written Land Rover for the 3rd time now so we’ll see what’s in store for me next.  Like I said, other than that issue, I’m very happy with the vehicle.  Plus it’s nice having the only one within a 40 mile radius, lots of looks and lots of compliments.

    • Sarah

      I’ve admired the evoque on the website since last september/october when they announced it was coming out however personally I would wait at least a year or more before all the kinks have been worked out before I even considered purchasing one (not that I can afford one anyway) I hope you get it fixed and free of charge as well

  • Gary

    Real Negative Forum …simple question do you own one, well i do Evoque TD4 Dynamic Coupe before this car i owned a Crossfire SRT6. This Rangie moves great for the highway even the beach or off road. Diesel consumption is great economical good pulling power. Great comfortable interior a fantastic car to drive and enjoy and no problems yet only one year old. So go out and try one, i did and ended up buying one. yes the options are an issue but the tech pack with 10 stacker HDD for cd’s is great. Meridan sound system better than B&W hands down. Give it a go and try it out Land Rover have a winner.

  • Angry Customer!!!!

    Make sure you DO NOT buy your car from Artmon Alto dealer!!!

    We have visited there several weeks ago, and we have give them $1000 deposit to preserved the car. While we were signing the contract, the sales manager, Jamie has clearly told us that if we decided not buy the car at the end, we will get fully refund. But it turned out to another case, after we decided not to buy this car , he said not only we could not get the $1000 back, they’ll pursuit us 5% more cancellation fee. It was the first time we try to bought a new car and they could see it, that’s how they tricked us on the contract. Totally different story on what they told us and what they wrote on the contract!

Range Rover Evoque Specs

Si4 PRESTIGE : 2.0L TURBO MPFI - 6 SP AUTOMATIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 5D WAGON
Car Details
Make
RANGE ROVER
Model
EVOQUE
Variant
Si4 PRESTIGE
Series
LV
Year
2012
Body Type
5D WAGON
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
350Nm @  1750rpm
Max. Power
177kW @  5500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
101.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
87.5x83.1mm
Compression Ratio
10
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.75
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
58
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1745
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1635mm
Length
4455mm
Width
1900mm
Ground Clearance
210mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1800  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.3
Front Rim Size
8x19
Rear Rim Size
8x19
Front Tyres
235/55 R19
Rear Tyres
235/55 R19
Wheel Base
2660
Front Track
1625
Rear Track
1630
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Power front seats
Control & Handling
19 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hill Holder
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Rear Spoiler
Interior
Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags
Security
Central Locking Remote Control
Optional Features
Comfort
Heated Front Seats, Rear seat enhancement pack
Control & Handling
Adaptive Damping Control, 20 Inch Alloy Wheels
Exterior
Metallic Paint, Power Tailgate
Safety
Protective Glazing
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
7-Q-14
Country of Origin
UNITED KINGDOM