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- 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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"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."
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.
Comfort and design
"Describing the dashboard layout of the Evoque is a little tricky. As you’ll discover in the Infotainment section below, higher-spec Evoques have a twin-screen infotainment arrangement, plus a digital instrument screen in place of traditional dials. And, we’ve described that below."
However, lower-spec versions get only one screen for the infotainment system, plus conventional instruments. However, Land Rover has never let us anywhere near a low-spec car, presumably because they don’t look anywhere near as posh (the twin-screen arrangement has plenty of wow-factor, to be fair), so we can’t tell you what the basic setup looks like, or how easy it is to use. Sorry about that.
The seats are wonderfully supportive, though, and thanks to bags of adjustment for the steering wheel and seat (on the latter, that adjustment is electric on all but the entry-level trim), you won’t struggle to find a comfortable driving position. You also sit higher up than you do in rivals from Audi and BMW, which dedicated SUV fans will really appreciate.
This gives you a cracking view out at the front, too, and although the rear end is styled quite flamboyantly, resulting in a slightly shallow rear window, you can see a decent amount out of the back thanks to well-placed rear quarter light windows. What’s more, all versions come with all-round parking sensors and a reversing camera as standard.
Handling and ride quality
"This was an area in which the previous Evoque was merely so-so, but this version does much better, providing an impressive balance of abilities. The suspension is fairly absorbent, so it can deal with most potholes and sharp-edged bumps with minimal fuss, yet the ride is still pretty well controlled, so the body doesn’t bounce around wildly over crests and dips."
Things feel settled and serene on the motorway, too, making this a comfortable way to munch through the miles. We’d certainly advise sticking with smaller wheels, as things get appreciably more lumpy if you specify the big 20-inchers, but even then, the Evoque isn’t an uncomfortable car.
The handling is assured and capable rather than electrifying, but that’s fine in a car like this. You do feel the body leaning over a bit in corners, but there’s lots of grip and traction on hand, especially in the four-wheel drive models. The steering is responsive and nicely weighted, so placing the car where you want it is always easy.
You’d expect any Range Rover - even a little one like the Evoque - to be good when venturing off the beaten track, and sure enough, it’ll take you where rivals from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volvo fear to tread thanks to its clever off-roading system. The four-wheel drive diesels will also tow up to 2000kg, although that figure is less on other versions, and some rivals can pull more.
An adaptive suspension is available as an optional extra, but we haven’t had the chance to try it.
MPG and fuel costs
"Fuel economy is why the diesels are most popular in the Evoque, especially among high-mileage drivers. The D150 diesel in front-wheel-drive form will return a maximum combined figure of almost 45mpg according to the official WLTP figures, but you don’t pay too much of a penalty for adding four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, that version having a figure of 42mpg."
The D180 returns about the same, where the D240’s output drops to around 40mpg. Whichever version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine you pick, you’ll get a very similar fuel return of around 31mpg, according to the official figures.
Remember, though, that these official figures are derived from laboratory tests, and matching them in the real world could be very difficult. In the case of the P300e, it’ll probably be nigh-on impossible. To get anywhere near the maximum average figure of more than 200mpg, you’d need to reserve use of your car’s petrol engine for Christmas and birthdays only.
How much should you be paying for a used Range Rover Evoque?
"At the time of writing, prices for brand new Evoques began at £32,000 for the D150 front-wheel drive manual in standard trim, and rose to a maximum of almost £52,000 for the P300e R-Dynamic HSE."
The one we reckon most buyers will want, the D180 SE, came in at just over £43,000, while the cheapest PHEV version, that being the S set buyers back £44,000.
Compare these prices with those of rivals, and they’re quite a bit higher. Worse news for used car buyers is that the Evoque also has stronger residual values than its rivals, so second-hand examples will also be that much more expensive. And also, having only been released in 2019, prices haven’t had the chance to fall too far yet. A quick flick through our listings will show you the cheapest examples (mostly of the entry-level manual version) coming up at around 30 grand.
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.
Quality and finish
When you’re competing in a class of car that includes Audis, BMWs and Mercs, it might be very easy to get left behind in this area. Don’t worry, though, because there’s not a bit of that with the Evoque. The materials on show feel plush and tactile, and the surfaces and finishes are of a uniformly high standard throughout. The glossy, shiny-fronted touchscreens certainly do their bit to jazz things up, too, and the assembly feels sturdy and solid. This is a cabin, that’s a match for anything else in the class in terms of poshness.
While the entry-level car makes do with cloth upholstery, every trim from S upwards gets standard leather of some variety or other, while HSE cars get an extended leather package which puts hide finishes just about everywhere you could think to put them. If you’re not a fan of animal products, though, the car is also available (as a no-cost option) with what Land Rover calls the ‘Eucalyptus’ interior trim.
The steering wheel cover, although made from recycled plastic, looks and feels like suede, while the seats are trimmed in a denim-like fabric, and it all looks and feels as high-grade as the leather.
All versions of the Evoque have a 10.0-inch central touchscreen system that brings together Bluetooth, DAB and Apple Carplay/Android Auto. Upgrade from the basic spec to S trim, and the system is upgraded to also support navigation, a wifi hotspot and a variety of connected services.
However, most buyers will upgrade a stage further to SE trim. That’s because this adds a second screen underneath - this time with inset dials - which can change its functionality according to which menu you’re in at the time, although as a default, it mainly handles the ventilation and off-road systems.
It looks the absolute business, and it also works reasonably well once you’ve got used to it, but it is a little distracting on the move. The step to SE also brings a configurable digital display behind the steering wheel instead of the conventional analogue dials found in more humble Evoques, and it displays a wide range of information in a clear, easy-to-digest way. Upgrading to HSE trim also brings an upgraded Meridian sound system.
Whichever grade of car you go for, though, the central touchscreen isn’t perfect. The graphics are sharp and the on-screen icons are big enough, but the menus could be more logical, while the screen could be quicker in both its reactions and its transitions.
Space and practicality
The Evoque does a thoroughly respectable job in this area. There’s loads of space in all directions up front - as you’d expect - and in the back, there’s a very similar amount of headroom and legroom to what you get in rivals.
Six footers will fit comfortably, and because the rear of the cabin is also a little wider than in rivals, things won’t feel quite so pinched when you have to sit three across the rear bench. A pair of billy child seats will fit in no problem, and there are Isofix tetherings to secure them with. That said, the back seats don’t slide or recline or anything clever like that, which they do in some rivals.
The boot is a very decent size, so it should cope with most of what a family needs from it, including the ability to swallow pushchairs or golf clubs, depending on your day’s activities. It is marginally smaller than those of rivals, though. The rear seats fold down in a versatile 40-20-40 configuration, and they go down more or less flat, leaving you with a flush load area. There’s no boot lip to contend with when loading heavy items, either.
Engines and gearboxes
All of the Evoque’s regular engines - petrol and diesel - are 2.0-litre units. The diesels come with 150PS, 180PS or 240PS, while the petrols come in 200PS, 249PS and 300PS forms. The entry-level 150PS diesel can be had with front-wheel drive and a notchy manual gearbox, or with all-wheel drive and a slick nine-speed automatic, but from then on, all other Evoques are of the latter persuasion.
The entry-level diesel will be muscular enough for many drivers, with enough urge to pull you around reasonably easily, and you won’t struggle to keep up with motorway traffic. However, the D180 provides a good bit more urge making life a bit easier in many day-to-day driving situations, so we’d definitely say it’s worth the upgrade. We’ve not tried the most powerful diesel, but it’s quite a bit quicker than the others on paper.
The petrols are quicker still, with only the entry-level 200PS version failing to outpace the most powerful 240PS diesel. However they don’t deliver as much low-down pull as the diesels, meaning you have to work them much harder to extract that kind of performance, so they don’t actually feel as eager. This is definitely a car that suits a diesel engine.
There might be an exception to that, though, in the form of the P300e. This plug-in hybrid variant teams a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to give a combined output of 309PS, making it the fastest Evoque on paper. We haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds very appealing.
Refinement and noise levels
You’d expect the PHEV version to be whisper-quiet when running on electric-only power, but not having tried it yet, we can neither confirm nor deny this.
Where the diesels are concerned, the D150 is a little noisier than the D180, not least because you have to work it quite a bit harder to make progress, but both engines compare well to those of rivals noise and vibration.
Treated gently, the petrols are smoother and quieter still, but again, they have to be worked more mercilessly than the diesels to haul you around at the rate you’d like. And, when you oblige, they can start to sound a little thrashy.
All the engines melt away into the background once you’re up to cruising speeds, and you won’t hear too much in the way of wind- or road noise, either, making life very peaceful on the motorway.
Whichever version of the Evoque you go for, you’ll get safety kit that includes LED headlamps, tyre pressure monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, automatic emergency braking and six interior airbags. There’s even an airbag on the outside to help protect any pedestrian that has the misfortune to become overly-acquainted with the front of your car. From then on, the amount of safety kit changes with each step up the trim structure.
S cars have traffic sign recognition with automatic adjustment of the cruise control, while SE trim gives you upgraded LED lights with high beam assistance, plus front- and rear cross-traffic alerts and a system to help steer you into a parking space.
HSE cars also add blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and high-speed automatic braking. Euro NCAP has diligently and scientifically smashed the Evoque into things, and the car emerged with a full five-star rating. Some won’t like the fact that no spare wheel is provided, though, with a pot of sealant your only protection against being stuck in the event of a puncture.
Maximum EV range
The P300e plug-in hybrid version is capable of up to 41 miles of electric-only range on a full charge of the batteries, according to official figures, and because it can travel at up to 84mph on the batteries alone, those with short commutes should be able to get to work without using a drop of petrol. That commute will need to be far less than 41 miles, though.
That’s a figure gleaned from laboratory testing where various real-world variables (wind resistance, traffic, ambient temperatures) aren’t accounted for, so you’ll get less in reality. We’d work to around 30 miles, and less than 25 in cold weather. Besides, you’ll probably never put a full charge in your battery, because only charging to 80% prolongs the usable life of this expensive part. Land Rover quotes charging times between 0-80% of around an hour and a half on a 7kw wallbox charger, and around half an hour on a DC public charger rated at 32KW.
Insurance groups and costs
The Evoque isn’t a cheap car to buy, so it won’t be cheap to insure, either, but it shouldn’t be any steeper on that score than its major rivals. Groupings range from 26 at the bottom of the scale to 40 at the top (1 being the cheapest group and 50 being the most expensive). Keeping your choice of engine modest will help minimise your costs. Pound for pound, the D180 engine sits around three groups higher than the D150, and we’d say that’s an upgrade worth making,
VED car tax
This generation of Evoque was released in 2019, after the Government introduced tax rules that applied a flat rate of £150 to petrol and diesel cars rather than taxing them according to their CO2 emissions.
As such, you’ll pay that flat rate on many versions. On others, though, you’ll be required to pay an additional £325 per year between years two and six of the car’s life, and that’ll be on versions that cost more than £40,000 when new. And beware: if you pick a version that was cheaper than that threshold, but optional extras were added that took it over £40k, then you’ll still be liable for the surcharge. Always worth a quick online search of the car’s registration to see what the situation is.
Trim levels and standard equipment
All versions of the Evoque come with those jazzy door handles, along with alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers,, a heated windscreen, two-zone climate control, heated fabric seats, a leather steering wheel, front- and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, cruise control and four powered windows.
Upgrading to S trim brings leather, electrically-adjusting front seats, navigation and a wifi hotspot, but most buyers will upgrade a step further to SE for those funky twin screens, digital dials and a powered tailgate.
HSE trim adds keyless entry, upgraded leather, a hands-free powered tailgate and the upgraded Meridian sound system, while if you find a First Edition car, it’ll be tooled up with a head-up display, panoramic roof and a heated steering wheel that adjusts electrically. At every stage of the game, you can also add an R-Design Pack that brings a variety of exterior and interior design embellishments and varies the nature of the leather upholstery you get.
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