Range Rover Evoque (2011-2018) review - Reliability and Safety
The Evoque’s good looks aren’t matched by impressive reliability but safety is strong
While the Evoque has attracted buyers with its sharp style, its long-term appeal leaves something to be desired. It first appeared in our Driver Power survey in 2013 in a lowly 52nd place, but jumped to 36th in 2014. In 2015 it ranked 116th in our top 200, just one place higher in the 2016 rundown, and only 20 places off the bottom in 2017.
In the past, owners have been critical of the car’s running costs and practicality, but they praised in-car tech and its comfort and reliability. So as long as you can live with the compromises, the Evoque should stand you in good stead.
The Evoque earned a five-star Euro NCAP rating in 2011, but it has lower overall percentage than the Audi Q3. However, it has plenty of safety kit, while Land Rover’s patented Terrain Response system will help the Evoque to venture further off-road.
There have been a few recalls over the past two years but overall Land Rover's reliability record seems to be on the up.
Every Evoque comes with a three-year fully comprehensive unlimited-mileage warranty and roadside assistance after purchase. Land Rover also offers an extended warranty to give customers a further peace of mind.
Land Rover recommends the Evoque is serviced every 12 months. It offers a one-off fixed price service plan of £499 which covers five years or 50,000 miles – whichever comes first.
Buyers also have the option to extend the mileage limit to 75,000 miles for an additional £149 if desired. The plans include the repair or replacement of parts such as oil filters, air filters, new engine oil, washer fluid and brake fluid top up.
In this review
- 1VerdictFamiliarity has dulled the Range Rover Evoque’s design impact, but it’s luxurious, well-engineered and still desirable
- 2Engines, performance and driveNew engines improve refinement but the Evoque still isn’t as thrilling to drive BMW and Audi rivals
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEfficient new engines make the Evoque cheaper to run than rivals plus the better residual values are a bonus
- 4Interior, design and technologyFunctional and classy, the Evoque has a very premium cabin, but the sat nav system still lags behind
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Evoque falls behind here with a slightly cramped cabin and boot which isn’t as spacious as rivals’.
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingThe Evoque’s good looks aren’t matched by impressive reliability but safety is strong