Range Rover Evoque review
The latest Range Rover Evoque has taken a big leap forward over the old model, adding fresh styling, up-to-date technology, a range of more efficient mild-hybrid engines and extra touches of luxury and refinement inside.
With three diesels, three petrols and a plug-in hybrid – plus a slightly dizzying trim level range – there’s plenty for buyers to choose from. The standard equipment list is generous, while higher-spec models bring full-fat Range Rover appointments.
While rivals including the BMW X2 offer a more engaging driving experience, the Evoque provides a focus on luxury and comfort that most buyers will prefer. And while it’s likely that Evoques will be sold on looks alone, it’s encouraging that the car once again represents a viable alternative to favourites like the Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 and even JLR’s own Jaguar E-Pace.
The Evoque is the smallest Range Rover model that Land Rover produces and in its original form – introduced in 2011 – it was a car that set a precedent as a small yet luxurious SUV aimed squarely at a niche in the market.
The Evoque went on to be one of the British manufacturer’s best-sellers, but after the best part of a decade on sale the original model was falling behind rivals that it had inspired, including the Audi Q3, the Mercedes GLA and Lexus NX. The latest model addresses this, offering evolutionary styling adjustments plus major changes under the skin.
The latest Range Rover Evoque is based on Land Rover’s Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA), a heavily modified version of the outgoing car’s D8 platform. The new car takes up much the same space on the road, but the wheelbase is now longer to help increase rear passenger space – a sticking point for the old car. The new platform also brings with it up-to-date 48-volt mild-hybrid electrification for all but the entry-level model. This system improves emissions, allows for more sophisticated in-car technology and also paves the way for a plug-in hybrid model that’s tipped to arrive before the end of 2019.
The Range Rover Evoque is available a choice of three diesel engines and three petrols, all from JLR’s latest Ingenium engine family; the entry level car is a 148bhp diesel with two-wheel drive, but all other models get four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
There are four basic trim levels – Evoque, S, SE and HSE – each of which can be combined with the R-Dynamic package which adds sportier exterior detailing. All engines are available with all trim levels save for the entry level diesel with a manual gearbox, which is limited to Evoque and Evoque S models only. There's also the 'First Edition' model which tops the range available with the 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel.
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