Range Rover Evoque review
The Range Rover Evoque offers great levels of luxury, technology and – perhaps most importantly – style
The latest Range Rover Evoque has taken a big leap forward over the old model, adding fresh styling, up-to-date technology, a range of more efficient mild- and plug-in hybrid engines and extra touches of luxury and refinement inside.
With two diesels, three petrols and a plug-in hybrid – plus a slightly dizzying trim level range – there’s plenty for buyers to choose from. The standard equipment list is generous, while higher-spec models bring full-fat Range Rover appointments.
While rivals including the BMW X2 offer a more engaging driving experience, the Evoque provides a focus on luxury and comfort that most buyers will prefer. And while it’s likely that Evoques will be sold on looks alone, it’s encouraging that the car once again represents a viable alternative to favourites like the Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 and even JLR’s own Jaguar E-Pace.
The Evoque is the smallest Range Rover model that Land Rover produces and in its original form – introduced in 2011 – it was a car that set a precedent as a small yet luxurious SUV aimed squarely at a niche in the market.
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The Evoque went on to be one of the British manufacturer’s best-sellers, but after the best part of a decade on sale the original model was falling behind rivals that it had inspired, including the Audi Q3, the Mercedes GLA and Lexus NX. The latest model addresses this, offering evolutionary styling adjustments plus major changes under the skin.
The latest Range Rover Evoque is based on Land Rover’s Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), a heavily modified version of the outgoing car’s D8 platform. The new car takes up much the same space on the road, but the wheelbase is now longer to help increase rear passenger space – a sticking point for the old car. The new platform brings with it up-to-date 48-volt mild-hybrid electrification and has also paved the way for a plug-in hybrid model to join the range.
The Range Rover Evoque is available with a choice of two diesel engines, three petrols and a plug-in hybrid unit, all coming with four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
There are four basic equipment levels – Evoque, S, SE and HSE – each of which can be combined with the R-Dynamic package which adds sportier exterior detailing. The top-spec Autobiography trim is only available in combination with the higher-powered petrol or diesel versions, and also with the plug-in hybrid variant.
In this review
- 1Verdict - currently readingThe Range Rover Evoque offers great levels of luxury, technology and – perhaps most importantly – style
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Evoque is comfortable and refined, but not the most thrilling car in its class
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsPlug-in hybrid tech joins the petrol and diesel Evoque lineup
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Evoque looks great, has a luxurious interior and boasts great tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Evoque is more practical than before, but it’s still a bit cramped in the rear
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Evoque has plenty of active on-board safety kit and a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP