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PROS

  • Standout looks
  • Two and all-wheel-drive options
  • Classy interior
  • Capable on-road
  • Strong residuals
  • Excellent off-road

CONS

  • Jittery ride
  • Access to rear cramped on coupe
  • Pricey
  • Poor rear visibility

Verdict

Ever since the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was launched in 2011 it quickly established itself as Land Rover’s number one selling car.

Such was the demand when it first launch that waiting lists were months and months long. It’s not hard to see why given that Land Rover did little to change the car from the LRX concept first unveiled in 2007 that as a piece of art ticked all the boxes.

This was one sleek, attractive looking off-roader.

Striking looks

When the Evoque production version was finally unveiled in the svelte three-door coupe and the more pragmatic five-door version in 2010 it was a revelation because so very little about the car had changed. It was spectacular.

The design will undoubtedly turn heads, but then you have to ask yourself: is this all style over substance? Range Rover says the car, with its Land Rover Terrain Response - a system designed to cope with all manner of tricky conditions - is as capable off-road as it is when it's on the tarmac.

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 'want something different' - a requirement that is now regarded by car manufacturers as the pot of gold at the end of the automotive rainbow.

Range of engine, gearbox and drivetrain options

There’s a choice of two engines – a 237bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine is available only with an automatic gearbox, while there’s a 2-litre diesel engine available with either 148bhp or 187bhp and manual or automatic gearboxes.

You can also choose between two- and four-wheel drive, the former providing a better drive on the road and lower running costs, while the latter is more capable off-road and in adverse conditions such as snow or gravel.

New 2014 updates

In 2014 Land Rover offered Range Rover Evoques with a new nine-speed automatic gearbox that helps reduce emissions and improve fuel consumption.

There is also an optional ‘Active Driveline’ that provides four-wheel drive only when it’s needed thus improving fuel consumption while maintaining the benefits of maximum grip.

Other driver assistance features including Parking aids, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition, plus there is the option of an SOS safety feature, which in the event of severe accident automatically informs the emergency services where the car is located.

Facelift in 2015

A mild update was announced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, ushering in subtle styling changes and a new engine which dramatically lowers CO2 emissions while improving fuel economy. There's also an all-new infotainment system and more kit to play with.

So, is this a self-confessed fashion statement all it's cracked up to be, or is it a case of style over substance? Read our Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review to find out...

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

Bought the coupe version simply because it looks better and I hardly ever have people in the back. If you... Read owner review

Road manners, comfortable, pleasant to drive, right balance of power. Read owner review

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