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Which Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (11-19) is best for me?

Range Rover Evoque: which is best for me?

The Evoque comes with a variety of petrol and diesel options, which since 2017 are exclusively Jaguar Land Rover's own Ingeium range of 2.0-litre four cylinder engines. In terms of day-to-day running, the diesel still adds up to the best all-rounder, although the lower-powered petrol isn't too bad in terms of efficiency.

The big disadvantage of the Evoque is that there are no plug-in or mild hybrid options, meaning that there aren't any really company car-friendly options. This situation is likely to change with the arrival of the second-generation car, expected in 2019.

Range Rover HSE Dynamic SD4 (240hp)
(Tested: January-June 2018)

Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic

In 2017, the Range Rover Evoque was made available with the 240hp version of the diesel Ingenium engine as used in the Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Discovery, upping the performance available.

With six-months' driving under its belt with Parkers, including trips abroad, an off-roading adventure and a session tackling the Siberian snow, we really got under the skin of this popular premium SUV.

Range Rover Evoque Autobiography 2.0 TD4

March 2017)

‘There are still too many scratchy plastics for a car of this price’

Typically accounting for every one-in-four Land Rovers sold, sales for the most affordable Range Rover - the Evoque - aren't showing any signs of slowing.

We’re testing the flagship model in Autobiography trim - only available with the higher-powered 2.0-litre diesel engine, badged TD4.

The basic list price of our test car stands at a whopping £51,200, fitted with a comprehensive level of standard equipment, including 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, heated and cooled front seats, keyless enry and start and a Meridian Surround Sound system with 16 speakers and subwoofer.

The interior has enough leather-looking material at eye level to feel expensive, but this contrasts with the scratchy plastics lower down the console. The extra bolstering fitted to the Autobiography's seats have improved the Evoque’s long-distance comfort but the sombre monotone black interior also lacks the special look of those in two-tone finish.

We’d struggle to recommend the head-up display too, with its dated graphics and aftermarket-looking installation.

The smaller and lighter engine over the previous 2.2-litre has improved the ride, feeling even more pliant on the road - this is especially noticeable at low speeds. There is more bodyroll as a consequence – a feeling exacerbated by the light and quick steering - but the Evoque still has plenty of grip to feel safe and reassuring.

The higher-powered 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 180hp and 430Nm of torque, reaching 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds. The extra pulling power makes for plenty of overtaking performance and the engine feels at its best when mated to the nine-speed automatic gearbox. Not only is this quicker than the manual option but it also contributes to a more relaxed experience that better suits the Evoque’s character.

The gearbox can be indecisive around town, resulting in a jerky experience, but once up to speed it will confidently change down a gear quickly for any overtaking.

Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic Lux 2.0 TD4
(Tested: April 2016)

‘This is undoubtedly the best Evoque engine/gearbox combination’

It’s fair to say the Range Rover Evoque is an aspirational car. It’s not cheap or even very practical, but is craved by huge swathes of the population’s drivers.

While it might seem extravagant to pay £5,000 for this spec on top of the already well-equipped car’s price, it does mean you won’t have to go mad with the optional extras if you don’t want to.

This car has four: the black roof costs £500, tinted rear windows another £350 and the head-up display (showing information such as speed limits or sat-nav instructions) is a whopping £1,000.

The Black Pack costs £2,000 and nets you 20-inch black wheels along with a number of darkly shaded exterior features such as the lights, rear bumper insert, exhaust tailpipes and even the lettering on the bonnet and tailgate.

We’d strongly suggest the sunroof is an important touch, too. The Evoque can be a dark and dismal place to be without it – especially with the black-centric interior hues in this car – so spending cash on this feature makes the entire car feel more cheerful.

Of course, such personalisation is up to the individual, but we’d avoid all of those options with the possible exception of the tinted windows if you’re worried about people seeing what you’re carrying in the back of the car – like children, for example.

This is undoubtedly the best engine and gearbox combination in the Evoque line-up. The TD4 diesel is responsive and smooth with a healthy 430Nm punch of torque in the middle of the rev range, meaning there’s always enough performance on tap to make overtaking a simple task. When coupled with Land Rover’s four-wheel drive system it’ll cover 0-62mph in nine seconds flat.

Its power output is 180hp so it'll hit 121mph flat-out, but more relevant for most will be the combined fuel economy figure of 55.3mpg. We managed 39mpg during our weekend of mixed driving routes – not too bad considering the performance on offer here.

Range Rover Evoque SE 2.0 eD4
October 2015)

 ‘This entry-level Evoque could be where the smart money goes’

Front-wheel drive vehicles shouldn’t be climbing up mountains but that’s exactly what this Range Rover Evoque can do. If you need an SUV without the associated 4x4 running costs then this is the car for you.

Dubbed E-Capability, and despite its mud-plugging prowess (it is a Land Rover after all), this particular model is about efficiency. That’s thanks to fitment of the firm’s Ingenium engine, which also sees service in the Jaguar XE and F-Pace.

In five-door SUV form, this two-wheel drive car with manual gearbox emits just 113g/km of CO2. That means owners can save money on fuel thanks to a promised 65.7mpg. The 54-litre tank means a theoretical 780 miles between filling station stops, though at a more feasible 52mpg that distance will drop to around 620 miles.

Spending time inside the Range Rover Evoque has always been easy and the latest cars have just become even more appealing. It’s still neatly finished, with leather coverings and stitching for the dashboard but the main instruments have been updated – and now look a lot classier than the chunky-typefaced first efforts – and the sat-nav has received some improvements also.

That central touchscreen still doesn’t exhibit the graphic quality nor speed of response found in some rival systems but it contributes to the improved ambience regardless. Shame the Evoque’s never been the most spacious, with rear seat space tighter than in the BMW X3.

Along with the minor changes to the bodywork (think bumpers, grille and lights) this isn’t the real news here, it’s the engine. Smooth, refined and with a well-spread serving of power it gives this particular Evoque an 11.2-second 0-62mph time and 113mph top speed – though it feels brisker than those numbers suggest. Only the long throw to the six-speed manual gearbox, which is also blighted by an unsightly and obviously cheap leather gaiter, let proceedings down.

This might be the entry-level specification but with cruise control, leather seating – heated in the front – front and rear parking sensors, and automatic headlamps there’s an argument this £30,200 Evoque is where the smart money is.

Range Rover Evoque Dynamic Plus 2.0 Si4
(Tested: August 2012)

‘The Evoque’s entertaining when driven with enthusiasm’

Will the added power and smoothness of the 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine sway you towards buying a petrol Evoque?

We drove the five-door Range Rover Evoque in Dynamic Plus trim. It has a 240hp Si4 powerplant under the bonnet, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The petrol engine has plenty of power which makes nipping in and out of traffic easy, and the performance figures are good when compared with rivals for this size of car.

Zero to 62mph takes 7.0 seconds, with a top speed of 135mph. The hearty 251Nm of pulling power is more than adequate and allows you to pass slower traffic on single-lane carriageways without trouble.

On the road it offers a pleasant and relaxed driving experience when at motorway speed, or you can have a fairly entertaining time when driving enthusiastically. Through the bends the Evoque behaves reasonably well. There is less body roll compared to a typical SUV which makes it good fun to drive. We would advise you to add the optional Dynamic Plus system. At £3,000 it’s expensive but it weights the steering and stiffens the suspension, giving the driver more confidence in the bends – a must for any enthusiast.

Dynamic Plus is a fairly luxurious trim level. Standard kit includes 20-inch alloys, a DAB radio, a powerful sound system and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats, cruise control, climate control, electric heated mirrors, automatic lights, an electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function and a heated leather steering wheel.

The Evoque also has a claimed combined average of 32.5mpg. That means in reality high twenties are achievable. You’ll have to look at how many miles you intend to cover each year to make sure these running costs are affordable – otherwise it could be best to go for a diesel.

Range Rover Evoque Pure 2.2 eD4 Pure
(Tested: August 2012)

‘The front-wheel drive Evoque doesn’t feel like it lacks anything on-road’

The Pure 2.2 eD4 Pure is the two-wheel drive entry-level version of Range Rover's Evoque.

Although it’s affordable, there is plenty of kit including sat-nav, leather upholstery and parking sensors. For company car drivers the good news is that you get the same great looks as any other Evoque but without the big tax bills of the higher-specification versions.

The maths are simple. This diesel version of the Evoque with its six-speed manual gearbox, stop/start technology and two-wheel drive emits 133g/km of CO2.

So, you can secure some great-looking wheels for a moderate Benefit-in-Kind tax bill. Question is, is the car any good?

The driving experience is not found lacking: the 2.2-litre diesel engine has good punch and pulls from low down all the way round to 4,000rpm. There is little point in revving beyond that as there is no extra power and the engine starts to feel harsh and noisy. The six-speed manual gearbox, which complements the diesel engine well, has a firm shift but it’s precise and benefits from a short throw.

In short, opting for the entry-level version of the base-level spec Evoque won’t leave you regretting going for the cheapest Evoque. Its performance and handling are impressive given the trade off in reducing emissions and boosting fuel efficiency - it's claimed to average 56mpg but it's more likely you'll see around 40mpg in the real world.

Range Rover Evoque Dynamic Lux 2.0 Si4
(Tested: April 2012)

‘Throttle response and steering are both sharp’

A fast 4x4 may seem a bit of a contradiction but the Range Rover Evoque 2.0 Si4 can zip along country lanes with ease.

The 240hp 2.0-litre petrol engine is quick and provides a spread of power across the rev range all the way to the 6,000rpm redline. In normal driving mode cruising on motorways is fine and there is plenty of shove under your right foot to overtake slower middle-lane traffic.

Out on the faster single-lane carriageways the Evoque can feel a little hesitant - especially when following slower moving traffic - and you tend to be on and off the throttle pedal more often.

Get out a clear road, however, and it’s time to push down and twist the central gear selector to Sport mode. That’s when the Evoque becomes really responsive. Any slight change in pressure to the accelerator pedal causes the revs to instantly rise and fall.

Combine this with the steering-mounted paddle-shifters and it becomes a really engaging driving experience as you speed from corner to corner. The broad spread of power ensures you don’t have to constantly change gear to be ready to overtake or build speed after exiting a tight corner.

The steering is quick to provide directional changes and it is easy to plot a line through a corner. You can’t feel what the front wheels are doing but there is a lot of grip, not least because of the four-wheel drive.

It's fair to say that the Evoque feels competent when going down a tight twisty lane. It takes just seven seconds to get from rest to 62mph and it'll go on to a top speed of 135mph if you keep your right foot flat to the floor.

The panoramic roof makes a big difference to making the cabin feel light, especially as our test car came with an all-black interior including full leather seats.

As you would expect of a premium brand, the Evoque is a sumptuous place to be inside. The driver does have a lot of controls to play with, especially on the steering wheel (cruise control, telephone, audio and car set-up info plus the paddle-shifters) so does take some getting used to.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (11-19) model history

Range Rover Evoque review

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 that 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.
  • August 2017 Petrol engines replaced by an all-new Ingenium motor in 240hp and 290hp guises, still badged Si4. Uprated 240hp SD4 also introduced.

Buying and selling the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (11-19)

Buying a new Range Rover Evoque SUV

  • Main dealer discount likely to be small
  • Try to get extras discounted instead
  • Don’t go mad with the extensive option

Range Rover Evoque review

Discount is not a word usually heard in relation to the Range Rover Evoque, as even so long after its launch, demand remains strong for the fashionable crossover.

You might chip off a small percentage, but you’re more likely to have success in negotiating some options into the transaction, or failing that, trying a broker.

There’s a strong argument for opting for the least-expensive eD4-engined models, without four-wheel drive, but you’re limited to the entry-level trims if you do.

If your budget will stretch to it, we’d advise going the way of the TD4 with automatic transmission in middle-ranking HSE Dynamic guise.

Engage restraint when considering the enormous options list as the costs will rapidly mount up. We’d recommend the uprated InControl Touch Pro multimedia system, though.

Buying a used Range Rover Evoque SUV

  • Loads on the used market to choose from
  • Don’t go for the first you see
  • Check the underbody for damage

Range Rover Evoque review

Even though the Si4 petrol Range Rover Evoque will not be hugely sought-after in the UK, its limited availability will put paid to picking one up cheaply second-hand.

The diesels will be the most popular and it's worth hunting out models that have plenty of kit because they'll be more attractive on resale.

In 2013 Land Rover offered a Service Package that covered routine servicing for up to five years/50,000 miles (60,000 miles for diesels) that is transferable and is worth having.

As is ever the case with the an SUV, get the undersides thoroughly checked over for damage, as unlikely as it is that someone will have taken an Evoque off the beaten track.

Land Rovers tend to be expensive for replacement parts, so negotiate with the seller if all’s clearly not as it should be with an Evoque you’re considering.

Give yourself further peace of mind with a full Parkers Car History Check.

Selling your Range Rover EvoqueSelling your Range Rover Evoque SUV

  • Take time to prepare it for sale
  • Ensure it’s pristinely clean in and out
  • Create a compelling advert

The used car market is clambering after pre-owned Range Rover Evoques, so selling a used one should be as easy as flogging ice cream in mid-summer.

That doesn’t mean that buyers won’t be savvy, though, so spend time presenting your Evoque at its very best and tidy up any scruffy trim, damaged paint or kerbed wheels before selling.

Spend time composing a compelling advert, with attractive photos that highlight what makes your Evoque the one to buy.

Finally, use the Parkers valuation tool to ensure you’re pricing your used Land Rover appropriately.