Say "Land Rover Range Rover Evoque" three times fast and expect to be tired at the end of it. The baby Rover displaced the Mercedes-Benz GLK SUV as the smallest in its class when it went into production in July of this year. Delivery began in October, and if early sales mean anything, Land Rover hit a homerun to dead center field on the first pitch.
Available as a three- or five-door, the Evoque can be configured as front-wheel or four-wheel drive coupled with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Hill descent control and engine drag torque control make any descent as simple as driving down a flat paved road. The panoramic roof gives a stunning view of the night sky whether traversing a busy city or hiding under the stars.
The interior is plush and offers style only found in a British-made vehicle. From the turn dial gear selector to the perforated leather accents, the Evoque oozes style. The engine labors to get up to speed a little but when it does the ride is comfortable. The Evoque is more than capable of going off road actually wanting to do so will be a lot harder.
Body style: SUV
Engines: 2.0-liter inline-4
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: Pure Plus Coupe, Pure Plus 5-door, Prestige Coupe, Prestige 5-door, Dynamic Coupe, Dynamic 5-door
Everything. 2012 is the first model year of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.
With a futuristic look the Evoque will be the jumping off point for all of Land Rover's vehicles as they get facelifted over the coming years. A clamshell hood and "floating" roof give the Evoque a look that differentiates it from the rest of the crowd. The rising beltline is out of the norm for Land Rover while broad shoulders stretch the length of the vehicle. The Evoque is available in three- and five-door models and both come in a model known as "Pure Plus," while other design themes lend themselves to elevate each model. Standard features on the Pure Plus include Terrain Response System, front and rear foglights, hill start assist, and a rearview camera. The Evoque rolls along on 19-inch wheels and has other features such as automatic wipers, dual-zone climate control, and a touchscreen with an iPod audio jack. Two packages, Pure Premium and Dynamic, are offered and include various features like a 360 degree parking camera system, a blind-spot warning system, and a 17-speaker sound system. The Dynamic package offers a rear skid plate and different choices or perforated leather. Optional features include 20-inch wheels, HD radio, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Keeping pace with other British cars, the Range Rover Evoque's interior is loaded with style. Several styles are available with trim that fits each theme. High-quality materials are plentiful throughout the cabin with a layout similar to the more robust Range Rover Sport. The center console appears to float and a rotary gear shifter borrowed from sibling Jaguar tops off the interior's style. The large dial is easy to handle and gains quick access to each gear selection. The glass panoramic roof adds extra headroom while the five-door model can handle families easier. Both front and back seats are very comfortable but, as a whole, the Evoque has the least amount of cargo space weighing in with 51 cubic feet, three fewer than the Mercedes-Benz GLK.
Performance & Handling
A 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine provides motivation for the baby Rover, producing 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. Mated to the engine is a six-speed automatic transmission along with an all-wheel drive system with Land Rover's touted Terrain Response System. Land Rover claims the Evoque will climb over 60 mph from a standstill in 7.1 seconds. Handling is above par for a compact SUV and it even gets respectable fuel economy when traveling on the highway.
The newly minted Evoques come with standard safety features such as front side airbags, side curtain airbags, stability and traction control, and anti-lock brakes. Other standard features include a rearview camera and parking sensors, roll stability control, hill descent control, and engine drag torque control. Emergency brake lights, brake assist, and corner brake control system are also standard safety features on the Evoque.
EPA Fuel Economy
Pure Plus: 19 mpg city/28 mph highway*
- Off-road capabilities
- Panoramic roof
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