Range Rover Evoque eD4 vs rivals
New front-wheel-drive Evoque tackles its rivals from Audi and Volvo
Our contenders all aim to deliver the same desirable SUV experience as their four-wheel- drive counterparts, but with much lower running costs. So which does it best?
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The Volvo certainly shouldn’t be discounted on account of its age, as it still packs plenty of kerb appeal. What’s more, it’s spacious and refined. Yet it costs more to run, has lacklustre driving dynamics and less standard kit. As a result, it finishes last in this company.
Separating the Audi from the Range Rover is tougher. The Q3 isn’t the last word in style, but its four-ring badge has plenty of upmarket appeal, its cabin is beautifully built and it’s the best to drive. Factor in great fuel economy and it’s hard not to be swayed. And yet the Audi can’t quite topple the two-wheel-drive Evoque.
With its stunning looks, classy interior and generous equipment, the Range Rover is hard to resist. Extremely strong residuals and excellent refinement further strengthen its cause. Fuel economy isn’t great, but that’s a small price to pay for a car that makes you look and feel a million dollars.
Winner Range Rover Evoque Pure eD4 ★★★★★
The Range Rover’s remarkable run of success continues. Jaw-dropping looks and a luxurious cabin seduce in the showroom, while the low CO2 emissions and generous kit mean it also makes financial sense. Decent driving dynamics and surprising practicality seal the eD4’s victory.
2nd Audi Q3 2.0 TDI S line ★★★★
Ultimately, the less adventurous styling, inside and out, costs the Audi the win. The Q3 is great to drive, very cost-effective to run and beautifully built. Strong refinement adds to its appeal, as does the good-value £25,065 SE version. Yet it’s just not as special as the Evoque.
3rd Volvo XC60 D3 ES DRIVe ★★★
If you’re looking for a stylish, safe and extremely spacious family car, then the Volvo makes a lot of sense. Yet while the DRIVe is cheaper to run than the four-wheel-drive version, it can’t match the efficiency of its rivals here. Cumbersome handling and an overly harsh ride seal its fate.
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingNew front-wheel-drive Evoque tackles its rivals from Audi and Volvo
- 21st Range Rover Evoque eD4Can entry-level two-wheel-drive eD4 match the appeal of pricier models?
- 32nd Audi Q3 2.0 TDI (2WD)It trails on style, but scores on quality and substance
- 43rd Volvo XC60 D3 DRIVeMost practical car on test, but also the oldest
- 5Facts and figures