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 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was launched in 2011 it’s firmly established itself as the brand’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.
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 different'.
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 Evoque – the Si4 – powered by a 240hp 2.0-litre petrol engine, with a nine-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard. A 7.6-second 0-62 time might impress but a claimed average of 36.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 181g/km make 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 Evqoue’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.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV model history
- September 2011 – based on a heavily-revised version of the Freelander 2’s underpinnings, the Evoque five-door is available with a choice of 2.2-litre diesel (eD4 150hp front-wheel drive, TD4 150hp four-wheel drive and SD4 190hp four-wheel drive) and 2.0-litre petrol (Si4 240hp four-wheel drive) engines. A six-speed manual is standard on the diesels, while a six-speed automatic is optional on the most powerful diesel and standard on the petrol. Six trim levels are available: Pure, Pure Tech, Dynamic, Dynamic Lux, Prestige and Prestige Lux.
- January 2013 – Limited availability Sicilian Yellow Special Edition available to order, based on Dynamic specification but finished in either yellow with a black roof or vice versa, with 20-inch alloy wheels also painted black.
- April 2013 – Dynamic models available with an optional Black Pack comprising of 20-inch alloy wheels, an extended roof spoiler and badging all finished in black, finished off with darkened headlamp fittings.
- September 2013 – A round of improvements designed to make the Evoque more efficient are introduced including a nine-speed automatic gearbox and an Active Driveline option which disconnects power to the rear wheels when not needed.
- April 2015 – Revised range available to order for September delivery is hallmarked by revised LED lights front and rear and new bumpers, while the interior’s been upgraded with increased amounts of leather trim on the dashboard and doors and an InControl Touch multimedia system. Previous diesel-engined models replaced by the front-wheel drive 2.0 eD4 E-Capability 150hp and four-wheel drive 2.0 TD4 180hp powerplants. Revised trim hierarchy of SE, SE Tech, HSE Dynamic, HSE Dynamic Lux and Autobiography.
- July 2016 – Limited edition Ember launched finished in Santorini Black with a Firenze Red roof and other exterior details. Based on the HSE Dynamic 2.0 TD4 180hp, additional features include black 20-inch alloy wheels, darkened light units front and rear and red stitching for the interior. Other modifications include the uprated InControl Touch Pro multimedia system with a 10.2-inch touchscreen (standard on HSE Dynamic, HSE Dynamic Lux and Autobiography models), while SE Tech models gain 12-way electric seats and automatic main beam headlights.
Read the full Land Rover 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
Bought the Evoque as have been long time fan of Land Rover. Bought the car in 2013. The car was... Read owner review
Road manners, comfortable, pleasant to drive, right balance of power. Read owner review
It's a wide car, so very spacious up front. Boot OK but maybe only Ford Focus size. Read owner review