Range Rover Evoque review

Range Rover Evoque Review

Most of us know what we're looking for when it comes to choosing a new car, and if you expect the best, you want a manufacturer that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Step up Land Rover, staking a new claim for the SUV crown with its most stylish model to date, the Range Rover Evoque.

Reliability, unique style and affordability are three words that come to mind to describe the Evoque; although it's the most affordable Range Rover model, it has quickly become one of the most desirable cars around, so expect strong resale values.

Make no bones about it, the Evoque is one seriously good-looking SUV, but scratch beneath the surface and you'll find there's far more to this car than just a pretty face. It packs a punch when it comes to performance too – let's take a look!

Exterior

Winner of over 160 international awards and counting, it's the design of the Evoque which raises it up the desirability stakes. Looking for a leaner, meaner, trendier Range Rover that offers a grown-up driving experience? Look no further.

Thanks to a tapered roof, muscular shoulders and a unique silhouette, it's the perfect SUV for those who want to stand out in a crowd. Whether you're meandering through the countryside or whizzing through the city streets, the Evoque makes an impact wherever it goes, with its contemporary design and range of personalisation options to complement your style.

Choose from three trim levels: Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. Even the entry-level Pure model boasts unique style, whilst the sportier Dynamic spec adds side skirts, a rear spoiler and 20” wheels. Rain-sensing windscreen wipers, automatic halogen headlamps with manual headlamp levelling, power adjustable heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps and 'hidden-til-lit' direction indicator come as standard on all models.

Interior

Designed with the word 'plush' in mind, there's nothing basic about the Evoque's interior, with plenty of space to seat four adults comfortably and refined touches that help this SUV stand out.

There’s an 8” touch-screen that controls most of the car's systems, leather upholstery including an Oxford Leather steering wheel, heated front seats, and interior mood lighting as standard in all models, as well as a range of personalisation options. Choose the luxury Prestige model (our favourite) for a plusher cabin with chrome touches.

Additional creature comforts include an 8-speaker sound system and DAB radio, with AUX power sockets and USB connectivity ensuring you can take all your devices on the road. Enjoy your Evoque your way with personalisation options including a panoramic glass roof – great for brightening up the somewhat dark rear cabin, sports seats, dual-view screen (so the driver can keep an eye on the Sat Nav whilst the front passenger watches TV) and a 17-speaker hi-fi.

There's plenty of space too: as mentioned, four adults can fit comfortably into the Evoque, although you'll find the five-door offers more leg-room than the coupe. Boot space may be a concern if long country weekends away are on the cards, as the rear seats don't fold completely flat and space is somewhat limited for luggage (or shopping!).

Boasting an extensive security kit and features including optional blind-spot monitoring and adaptive headlights, city drives in the Evoque are as enjoyable as long country road trips. With its slightly elevated driving position, drivers are afforded a good view of the road, although we found rear visibility to be slightly compromised. Squeezing into tight spaces is a breeze too, thanks to the front and rear parking sensors with handy visual display.

On the road

What can you expect when it comes to long journeys in the Evoque? As you'd expect, supple suspension ensures a friendly driving experience whilst cruise control makes longer motorway journeys stress-free. With Dynamic Stability Control and Electronic Power Assisted Steering, the Evoque is a pleasure to drive despite its size, so expect a refined, comfortable ride – with the noticeable exception of the 2WD models.

Both the diesel and petrol engines offer fairly quiet driving conditions even in the city centre, although wind noise at high speeds can be intrusive. The Evoque scored a full five-stars in Euro NCAP crash tests and has driver and passenger airbags as well as a full complement of knee, side curtain and thorax airbags, with ISOFIX child-seat mounts and front height-adjustable seat belts on all models. It's definitely a family-friendly SUV!

The 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine performs well at low revs and is available in two-wheel drive with a manual gearbox, but for high revs, the 187bhp diesel engine with four-wheel drive is our recommendation. The Evoque is also available in a 247bhp petrol engine, which packs a punch but lacks the effortless acceleration of the diesel engines. Both diesel and petrol engines tackle challenging terrains and weather conditions confidently, with the 150hp manual engine offering reduced CO2 emissions.

For lower mileage, it's definitely worth considering the 2.0-litre eD4 Diesel, which boasts fuel economy of 56.5mpg with CO2 emissions from 113g/km. Overall, the Co2 emissions and fuel economy are rather impressive for a vehicle of this size, but that's as you'd expect from a Land Rover.

Verdict

You're either a Range Rover lover or you're not, but maybe this new model could convert you! The stylish exterior, refined interior and dynamic driving experience the Evoque offers are sure to cement its popularity as one of the most desirable cars around. With a list price of £28,139-£44,538, there is plenty of scope for the Evoque to appeal to a wider market, although it's still firmly a luxury vehicle that will see strong resale values.

For more information on the Range Rover Evoque, or any of our other cars and vans, why not get in touch with your local Perrys dealership today?