Range Rover Evoque used car buying guide

Range Rover Evoque used car buying guide - front view, driving in snow

If you're looking to buy a Range Rover Evoque, it's worth getting familiar with its common problems, so you can avoid being caught out by them. Read on to get the full expert view on these popular premium SUVs.

Range Rover Evoque known faults and common problems

Sniggered at first by the brand loyalists, the Range Rover Evoque soon had the last laugh as the handy-sized Range Rover soon built up a strong following. Sharing a platform that was heavily reworked from the Freelander 2, the Evoque is available as a three- or five-door hatch and a two-door cabriolet.

Initially there was a choice of 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel drivelines in either two- or four-wheel drive flavour. Used values remain strong, that said, if your budget allows, go for a post 2014MY facelift model. Build quality isn’t the best and they can be troublesome if neglected though later models are much improved.

Top 10 problems

Buying guide – common issues, and what to look for if you're looking at getting one.

1 – Wheels and tyres

Like for like tyre replacements aren’t cheap so check for tread depth thoroughly or poor-quality rubber. Also, less trustworthy sellers often try to hide rim scuffs with a black felt tip or model paint to avoid expensive refurb costs.

2 – Electrical maladies

Check every button, switch or knob for form and function. By far, the Evoque’s Achilles heel is electrical issues. Accept no excuses for anything not working at the touch of a button unless the vehicle is priced to reflect its faults. Main dealer repairs can be truly expensive but independent specialists exist and most are good outfits.

Range Rover Evoque used car buying guide - interior view

3 – Buy from a decent source

Avoid spit 'n' sawdust dog-rough traders at all costs, it's only you who will pay. Well cared for privately owned cars. Franchised dealers and reputable specialists sell the best ones. Remember, a service book is nothing without receipts and bills to match.

4 – Check below the sills

The Evoque isn’t a true off-road car like the Land Rover Defender, unfortunately some drivers think otherwise. Inspect the sills, floorpan, exhaust and wheel arches for signs of damage or compacted mud and grit. Look and smell closely for fuel leaks too.

5 – Misbehaving automatic transmission

Earlier six-speed auto gearboxes had fidgety change actions which to a degree was characteristic of the type. Later nine-speed units are much better but check for the sport mode and paddle shifts working properly. There have been software and/or ECU problems causing all sorts of driveline gremlins that only fully equipped garages can put right.

6 – Vibrations from clutch pedal

The eD4 manual cars can suffer from worn out ring gear that manifests itself as an unbalanced flywheel. Caused by the stop-start system over time, rest your foot lightly on the clutch when in neutral. If it pulses on idle the dual mass is expired, if it vibrates when you rev the engine its an imbalance of the flywheel.

7 – DPF fault

The 2.0 ingenium diesel engines are prone to having diesel particulate filter (DPF) problems. Ask questions if the warning lamp on the dash panel is lit and accept no woolly excuses from a trade vendor – they know damn well. Land Rover has pretty much cured this problem, it may be still covered under warranty too.

8 – Fuel smell under bonnet

The Evoque has been subject to several recalls since launch. Petrol models had a poor sealing fuel rail that could cause either a vapour or liquid fuel leak under the bonnet that was subject to recall no: R/2018/036 being issued. Contact your dealer to check this and the other recalls have been correctly dealt with.

9 – Noisy, spongy brakes

Front brake squeal is known on Evoque – especially in cold weather, Mintex pads seem to cure this according to a reputable contact. Also, A spongy pedal may be the result of an incorrect handbrake setting procedure when replacing the rear pads.

10 – Rattle from exhaust system

Once warmed up, listen out for a metallic chatter or rattle from the front end of the exhaust system. This may point towards a detached turbo heat shield or fractured hanger on the pipe itself.

Engine options

  • 240hp 2.0L Ecoboost Petrol
  • 150 or 190hp 2.2L Duratorq diesel
  • 150PS eD4 or 180PS TD4 2.0 Ingenium diesel

Transmission options

  • Six-speed manual with FWD – 2.0 eD4 only
  • Six-speed ZF automatic – Haldex Terrain Response 4wd
  • Nine-speed 9-HP ZF automatic with Active Driveline 4wd

Model timeline

• 2011 – Evoque goes on sale
• 2013 – Mild facelift and trim improvements
• 2013 – New 2.0 ingenium diesel engine launched
• 2013 – New GKN designed Active Driveline 4wd system
• 2017 – New convertible model launched
• 2018 – New L551 model launched

Main Dealer UK Coverage

• Above average

Best Places to Buy

• Franchised dealers
• Land Rover specialists

DVSA Recalls

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Further reading

>> Range Rover Evoque owners' reviews
>> Range Rover Evoque full review

>> Range Rover Evoque prices and valuation
>> Search for Range Rover Evoque cars for sale

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