Range Rover Evoque review - Engines, performance and drive
The Evoque is comfortable and refined, but not the most thrilling car in its class
Unlike its sportier JLR stablemate the Jaguar E-Pace, the Range Rover Evoque hasn’t been designed to offer outright thrills to its driver. On a twisty country road there’s a bit of body roll, some slack in the steering at the straight-ahead position and a less tenacious front end than that of the Jaguar.
The trade-off between body control and ride quality seems well judged however, although the extra weight of the plug-in hybrid version can be noticeable when driven a little more aggressively.
Once you get the Evoque onto the motorway, it comes into its own. Here, the refinement and comfort levels on offer have taken a big step on from those of the old car; Land Rover’s engineers have made sure that the Evoque is a cosseting cruiser rather than a sports car in an SUV body. In this respect, the Evoque compares favourably with the Volvo XC40, a small SUV with a similar outlook on life. Even on the largest 21-inch wheels, ride quality is excellent.
It’s not terribly likely that any Evoque will venture off-road, but being a Land Rover product, the car does boast impressive skills when the going gets rough. Wading depth has increased from 500mm on the old car to 600mm, while Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system can automatically adjust the Evoque’s behaviour to suit the conditions at hand. The supplied Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow and Mud and Ruts settings can each be selected manually too.
0-62mph acceleration and top speed
The entry-level D165 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel produces 161bhp and manages a 0-62mph time of 10.1 seconds. Next is a 201bhp D200 version of that engine that cuts the 0-62mph time to 8.5 seconds.
The entry point into petrol Evoque ownership is the P200, which brings a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 197bhp and a 0-62mph time of 8.6 seconds. The P250 ups power to 246bhp, dropping the 0-62mph sprint to 7.6 seconds. The P300 is no longer on sale, but for those seeking a bit more power there are genuine hot-hatch levels of performance here thanks to its 296bhp, 6.8-second 0-62mph time and 150mph top speed.
The P300e plug-in hybrid features a 197bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit driving the front wheels, while at the rear axle there’s an electric motor with an output of 107bhp, for a combined 305bhp. The PHEV is no slouch, reaching 62mph from standstill in 6.4 seconds and moving on to a maximum speed of 132mph. It can also run on electric power up to speeds of 84mph.
In this review
- 1Range Rover Evoque reviewThe Range Rover Evoque offers great levels of luxury, technology and – perhaps most importantly – style
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingThe Evoque is comfortable and refined, but not the most thrilling car in its class
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEfficient plug-in hybrid tech is available in the Evoque, while residual values should be strong
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Evoque looks great, has a luxurious interior and boasts impressive 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