Smallest of the Range Rover family is a sales hit
- Distinctive looks
- Classy interior
- Capable on- and off-road
- Strong residuals
- Jittery ride
- Expensive to buy
- Poor rear visibility
Since the Range Rover Evoque was launched in 2011 it’s firmly established itself as Land Rover’s best-selling car. It’s not hard to see why: this is one sleek, attractive-looking off-roader.
Most Range Rover Evoque customers choose the practical five-door SUV, but for those seeking extra individuality there’s a more rakish three-door Coupe version as well as a daring two-door Convertible.
Striking Range Rover Evoque looks
When the Evoque went into production it was a revelation because so very little about the car had changed from when it was first seen as the LRX concept car in 2007; it was spectacular.
The design undoubtedly turns heads, but you have to ask yourself: is this all style over substance? Land Rover’s ably demonstrated that’s not the case. For instance, it’s equipped with the firm’s Terrain Response system, designed to cope with all manner of tricky conditions. It’s satisfyingly capable off-road, even on lower-spec models where only the front wheels are driven.
Undoubtedly it will appeal to city slickers who want a bit of urban chic as well as something they can take to the country for a bit of a jaunt on the rough stuff, and it should please those who simply want something distinct.
Although less dashing than the exterior, the Range Rover Evoque’s cabin is classy and – following the mild facelift in 2015 – particularly luxurious, with leather enveloping the dashboard and door panels.
Sporty yet efficient range of engines
Not many opt for the most powerful Evoques – the Si4 – powered by 240hp and 290hp 2.0-litre petrol engines, with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard. A 6.0-second 0-62mph time might impress with the 290hp edition, but its thirst for fuel makes it expensive to run.
Much more popular are the pair of 2.0-litre diesels: with 180hp on tap and a choice of manual and automatic transmissions, the four-wheel drive TD4 versions deliver a strong mix of pace, economy and capability, but it’s the front-wheel drive eD4 with 150hp that’s the most cost effective.
Opt for that entry-level mechanical package and, while you’re unlikely to see the quoted 65.7mpg in the real world, CO2 emissions of 113g/km ensure VED car tax charges are the lowest in the range.
Luxury in a compact SUV package
As befitting the Range Rover aspect of the Evoque’s name, even the entry-level SE is generously-equipped with eight-way electrically-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, automatic wipers, electrically-folding door mirrors with puddle lights and parking sensors.
Unsurprisingly, it doesn’t feel as plush as the full-sized Range Rover, but it nevertheless feels upmarket and special compared with its rivals, amplified by the generous use of leather, contrast stitching and general detailing.
The Parkers Verdict
Since its debut in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque has become the default choice for those looking for a premium-but-compact SUV. If ever a car sold on its looks, the Evoque is it – but there is substance, and genuine off-road ability, to reinforce its credentials.
Read the full Range Rover Evoque SUV review to see why so long after its launch it remains one of the most popular premium crossovers.
What owners say about this car
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