Skip advert
Advertisement

Small Premium SUV of the Year 2019: Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque is the 2019 Auto Express Small Premium SUV of the Year, with the Audi Q3 and Lexus UX commended

As buyers flock to small premium SUVs in increasing numbers, in 2019 we finally got to drive the latest version of the car that arguably started it all: the Range Rover Evoque. The British model that put a focus on style is back at the top of the class, after beating our previous winner, the Volvo XC40, in its first road test earlier this year.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Evoque has plenty of substance to back up its style. While the exterior isn’t a revolutionary change, the interior has been overhauled, making this now the most interesting, high-quality, luxurious and tech-filled car in its class.

Cutting-edge features such as the video feed that can replace the main mirror (to improve rearward visibility) and the clever dual-touchscreen display show that the Evoque is leading the tech charge, but it doesn’t sacrifice the basics.

Not only is the Evoque comfortable on our British roads, thanks to well controlled damping that can deal with potholes and lumps with fluidity, it’s also a good car to drive. The driving position is comfortable, its steering is well weighted and there’s plenty of grip.

Land Rover’s engineering know-how means that it’s still a brilliant off-roader, yet the Evoque makes more sense than ever on tarmac, thanks to its new platform. This set-up means that it’s spacious inside and has a 472-litre boot, so practicality isn’t in question, either. There’s even more tech to be found under the bonnet, where mild-hybrid systems contribute to improved economy across the range.

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement - Article continues below

The 178bhp D180 unit benefits from a small boost to help performance, with plenty of turbocharged torque on offer. The standard eight-speed auto is smooth, so this powertrain combination offers the most refinement in this class.

Advertisement - Article continues below

It’s the way this second-generation Evoque so adeptly blends all of these attributes that makes it a success. It has refined the concept of the small, stylish and upmarket SUV. The original version was a sales phenomenon, shifting more than 800,000 units, and this second-generation model shows no sign of bucking that trend. 

Our choice

Range Rover Evoque D180 S Auto (£39,015)

Diesel power makes the most sense in the relatively heavy Evoque, because it will still manage decent economy – around 40mpg is claimed – and the punchy D180 engine delivers decent performance. LED lights, heated leather seats and sat-nav are all standard here.

Commended

Audi Q3

Audi Q3 - front action

The new Audi Q3’s neatly designed cabin is impressive, as are its spacious interior and comfortable ride – the latter of which doesn’t come at the expense of handling, thanks to the car’s MQB underpinnings. It’s packed with technology and has plenty of standard kit, making it a strong contender in this class.

Lexus UX

Lexus UX - front tracking

If you’re looking for something a little bit different here, the Lexus UX could fit the bill. The hybrid powertrain will appeal to those looking for alternatives to petrol and diesel, while Lexus’s usual high standards for quality and ownership make this a sharply styled alternative that’s worth considering.

Auto Express New Car Awards 2019

For complete, in-depth coverage of the 2019 New Car Awards, buy your collector's edition copy of the Auto Express magazine now or click here to subscribe...

Auto Express Issue 1,583
Skip advert
Advertisement
Continue Reading
Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Range Rover Evoque review
Range Rover Evoque P300e Autobiography - main image
In-depth reviews

Range Rover Evoque review

The Range Rover Evoque offers great levels of luxury, technology and – perhaps most importantly – style
30 Jan 2024
Top 10 best small 4x4s to buy 2024
Best small 4x4s - header image
Best cars & vans

Top 10 best small 4x4s to buy 2024

Need off-road capability but in a smaller package? Take a look our top 10 small 4x4s
17 Jan 2024
The most important cars of the last 35 years
Most important cars – header image
Best cars & vans

The most important cars of the last 35 years

We’ve reviewed hundreds of models over the past 35 years, but these are the ones that our team believes really made a difference
13 Oct 2023
New Range Rover Evoque facelift unveiled: updated tech and subtle new look
Range Rover Evoque - front
News

New Range Rover Evoque facelift unveiled: updated tech and subtle new look

JLR has refreshed it’s best-selling small SUV, and it could be the last combustion-powered Evoque
20 Jun 2023

Most Popular

Car Deal of the Day: sensational BMW M2 is a bargain at this price!
BMW M2 - front tracking
News

Car Deal of the Day: sensational BMW M2 is a bargain at this price!

Our Day of the Day for 18 April is the formidable BMW M2 performance car
18 Apr 2024
New Vauxhall Mokka Griffin lowers small SUV’s price to £21,555
Vauxhall Mokka Griffin front 3/4
News

New Vauxhall Mokka Griffin lowers small SUV’s price to £21,555

The Griffin trim level is carried over to the petrol-powered models after appearing on the Mokka Electric
18 Apr 2024
Mazda CX-80 2024 preview: walkaround, specs and full details
Mazda CX-80 - front studio
News

Mazda CX-80 2024 preview: walkaround, specs and full details

Mazda’s first seven-seater in Europe for nearly a decade, the new CX-80 will be offered with plug-in hybrid or straight-six diesel power
18 Apr 2024