The Range Rover Evoque a truly unique vehicle that has created a niche as the world’s first coupe-style compact sports luxury SUV.
From the outside, many will think the Evoque has been designed for little more than the daily private school drop-off and pick-up routine. But given its Range Rover pedigree, the Evoque is incredibly capable off-road, incorporating plenty of technology to tackle the tough stuff, even though most will never leave the tarmac.
The interior is a luscious assortment of high quality wood, leather and metal. The rear visibility is a little limited due to the tapered roofline, but any feelings of claustrophobia are completely erased when the panoramic glass roof is fitted.
Despite its shape, cargo capacity is impressive, with 575 litres available in the boot and 1445 litres with the rear seats folded down.
There are two engines to choose from: a 177kW/340Nm 2.0-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine, and two tunes of a 2.2-litre diesel (110kW/400Nm and 140kW/420Nm).
The first examples of the four-wheel drive Evoque will arrive in Australia in November, while the cheaper and more fuel efficient front-wheel drive variants are expected in local showrooms from March 2012.
Range Rover Evoque manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):
- eD4 Pure 2WD – $49,995
- eD4 Dynamic 2WD – $63,495
- eD4 Prestige 2WD – $65,495
- TD4 Pure 4WD – $53,395
- TD4 Dynamic 4WD – $66,895
- TD4 Prestige 4WD – $68,895
- SD4 Pure 4WD – $57,395
- SD4 Dynamic 4WD – $70,895
- SD4 Prestige 4WD – $72,895
- Si4 Pure petrol 4WD auto – $60,395
- Si4 Dynamic petrol 4WD auto – $73,895
- Si4 Prestige petrol 4WD auto – $75,895
Coupe body style adds $1500. Six-speed automatic transmission adds $2480 (TD4, SD4 only).
For more information, read CarAdvice’s full drive review of the Range Rover Evoque.