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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel, PHEV
heycar editorial team

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heycar editorial team

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heycar rating
“Popular and affordable Range Rover”

Best bits

  • Looks fabulous inside and out
  • Loads of luxury equipment provided
  • Nice to drive in every way

Not so great

  • Pricey compared with rivals
  • Efficiency figures aren’t that great by comparison
  • Land Rover’s reliability record has to be a worry

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Range Rover Evoque 2019 frontright exterior

Overall verdict

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On the inside

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Driving

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How much does it cost to run

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Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The Range Rover Evoque has always been one of the most stylish cars in its class, but the latest version now has the substance to back up the style. Not only is it great to look at inside and out, but it’s also comfortable and enjoyable to drive, practical enough for a small family, and comes rammed with luxury equipment."

Range Rover Evoque 2019 frontright exterior


There’s something to be said for making an entrance, and when the first Evoque came along in 2011, it certainly did that. The small premium SUV craze had yet to take off at quite the same stratospheric rate as it has done since, primarily because the offerings of the day - including the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 - looked decidedly dowdy and awkward, resembling jacked-up hatchbacks rather than scaled-down off-roaders. So, when the Evoque rocked up, it was a complete revelation.


Among the awkwardness, there was suddenly elegance. The bold, angular details and crisp lines of the Evoque made it stand out a mile against pretty much any car, let alone the humdrum competition, and pretty much anyone who gave a hoot about cars at that time wanted one for that reason alone. 


In truth, it wasn’t that brilliant a car in a lot of other ways, but it’s jaw-dropping looks ensured it was an enormous success nonetheless.


Fast-forward to 2019. Small SUVs - prestige or otherwise - are all the rage. The competition from Audi and BMW has seriously upped its game, in terms of its styling and in a whole host of other areas, and the popularity of this type of car means that there are more contenders than ever before. That means the second-generation Evoque really has its work cut out in keeping the affection of a spoiled-for-choice public.


It’s just as well, then, that the latest Evoque is an absolute cracker of a car. The competition may have upped its game, but don’t go thinking that Land Rover has rested on its laurels.


The first big improvement comes in the form of the driving experience. Where the first Evoque was rather lacklustre on both ride and handling, the latest car rides with a plushness to match most other cars in the class, and also deals with corners in an impressively secure and controlled way. Big strides have also been made on refinement, with quieter, smoother engines and really good suppression of exterior noises.


Practicality was once a weak, point, too, and again, the Evoque now has what it takes on that score to match most rivals, with a roomy cabin and a very decent booth. Quality has also been kicked up a notch, with really impressive cabin materials, and on SE trim and above, a cool-looking twin-touchscreen arrangement for the centre console adds a real touch of glamour. What’s more, most versions come with all the luxury and safety kit you need.


Yes, it’s not a cheap car, costing a shade more than most of its rivals, and it’s not a particularly efficient choice in comparison, either. However, for style-conscious buyers - which SUV customers most certainly are - the glamorous Evoque might well be the only choice.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Range Rover Evoque (2011-2019) review.

Is the Range Rover Evoque right for you?

The whole reason that buyers love premium SUVs - even small ones - so much is that they provide the practicality you need in a family car with a level of style, image and desirability that you don’t get with other kinds of car. And, if it’s the style aspect of that equation that you’re particularly interested in, then the Evoque is arguably the most stylish car of a very stylish bunch.


The car might not look as mind-blowingly unique as the original did when it first rocked up in 2011, but it’s still a very handsome car that stands out against rivals. And if the rest of the car isn’t handsome enough, all versions come with retractable door handles that sink flush into the bodywork when not in use for a bit of extra visual theatre. If you’re looking to ‘make an entrance’, no car of this type does it better than the Evoque.

What’s the best Range Rover Evoque model/engine to choose?

Most buyers could probably live with the entry-level D150 diesel engine, but in a glamorous car like the Evoque, it’s not about living with things, it’s about feeling spoiled. That’s why we reckon you’ll want to upgrade to the D180, which is faster, more muscular and more refined. The P300e plug-in hybrid version will also be very interesting to those with short commutes, or to company car drivers looking for low tax bills, but most buyers will plump for diesel.


Again, in terms of trim, you could probably live with the entry-level version or the S trim, because each has a fair amount of luxury kit, but you probably won’t want to. That’s because you’ll want the funky-looking twin touchscreens on the dashboard that look so glamorous, and these only enter the range from SE trim and upwards. 

What other cars are similar to the Evoque?

The Evoque wasn’t the first car offered in the small luxury SUV class, but it was arguably the one that made it so popular. Even today, the Evoque still dusts it with its original rivals in the form of the Audi Q3 and BMW 1 Series, both of which have also come on leaps and bounds.


And you can bet that wherever Audi and BMW go, Mercedes is sure to follow, and although it was slightly later to the party than the rest, the firm is represented in this class by the GLA. Meanwhile, the Lexus UX offers buyers a self-charging hybrid choice, while if you want a really out-there choice, the Infiniti QX30 is another option.

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On the inside

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Driving

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Prices, versions and specification