- Striking looks
- Luxurious interior
- Not the most refined ride
- Notchy manual gearbox
- More expensive than some rivals
One of the most stylish crossover SUVs on the market
Range Rover is a brand that is known for its luxurious SUVs, and the Evoque is the entry-level to the range. That doesn’t mean that it’s any less luxurious than its bigger siblings, as the Evoque is still exceptionally prestigious. First introduced in 2011, the Evoque has won many fans, with Victoria Beckham herself recommending it. The Evoque’s striking, stylish looks are exceptional, as is its interior, and off-road ability. Available in three-door, five-door, and even a convertible model, the Evoque is one of the most sought-after crossover SUVs on the market.
An update in 2014 saw minor cosmetic changes, and a new and improved automatic gearbox.
Luxurious classy cabin
If there’s one area where the Evoque eclipses all of its rivals, it’s in its interior. It feels just like the more expensive original Range Rover, and there’s plenty of space in the cabin, and in the boot. Just watch out for the expensive options list.
The cabin of the Evoque is one of classic British design. There’s no futuristic bells and whistles here, with a sensible, luxurious feel being favoured. The dashboard is also constructed with the finest materials, with soft-touch textured materials adorning almost every area. The chrome and gloss detailing only adds to the effect, whilst controls are well-laid out, well-damped, and easy to use.
You would imagine that a car that looks as sporty as the Evoque does would have to compromise on space. Thankfully however, this isn’t the case. The boot capacity might not be quite as big as rivals such as the BMW X3, but there’s more than enough room for most family needs. In three-door, and convertible guise rear passenger space is fairly limited, so it’s worth considering the five-door model if you have children.
Equipment levels in the Evoque are pretty generous, adding to the Evoque’s luxurious character. Even the entry-level SE trim comes with automatic lights and wipers, climate control, all-round parking sensors, alloy wheels, electric front seats, and a touch-screen infotainment system that incorporates a DAB radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. Buyers needing sat-nav will need to upgrade to the SE Tech trim, which doesn’t cost too much more.
All in all the interior of the Evoque is hugely impressive. It’s well-designed, well-built, and has a feeling of luxury that can’t be matched in this class. It’s not quite as spacious as some rivals, but the generous equipment list will please nearly all buyers.
Great on the road, and solid off-road in 4WD guise
For a crossover SUV, the Range Rover Evoque is surprisingly good to drive. It’s light steering is perfect for driving around, allowing you to weave in and out of traffic with ease. At speed the steering doesn’t offer quite as much feedback as the Audi Q3 does, but it’s still pretty decent. Body roll is kept well under check as well, so winding country lanes won’t cause rear passengers to feel ill. 4WD models are some of the most capable off-roaders in the class, giving drivers confidence in even the worst of British weather.
Suspension and Chassis
The Evoque is also a pretty comfortable car to be. It doesn’t ride quite as well as the BMW X1, but generally speaking it deals with most roads without too much of a fuss. Particularly bad surfaces can make the ride choppy, especially poorly surfaced rural roads, but it’s certainly no worse than a lot of cars in this class. There is quite a bit of wind noise at speed however, due to the Evoque’s large door mirrors, so it’s not the most impressive motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Evoque come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission, that’s a little bit heavy, and notchy. The nine-speed automatic is the one most buyers will go for, as it is responsive, smooth, and adds to the Evoque’s upmarket credentials.
Two efficient diesels, and one punchy petrol
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Evoque, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. The two diesel are the ones that most buyers will want to go for as they offer greater fuel efficiency, though the petrol is sure to be a hit with thrill-seekers.
If it’s power that you want from your Evoque the standout engine in the range is the petrol-powered 2.0 litre Si4 Auto. This engine produces 240bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds. That’s pretty quick for a luxury crossover SUV, though it’s a lot thirstier than the diesels in the range. The 178bhp 2.0 litre TD4 diesel engine offers a greater balance, as it still goes from 0-62mph in 9 seconds, but is a lot cheaper to run day-to-day.
Eco-friendly buyers don’t usually look at luxury SUVs when they’re searching for a car, but the engines in the Evoque range are actually pretty impressive. The best model is the diesel-powered 2.0 ed4 Tech engine, as it produces just 109g/km of CO2 emissions. That means it’s actually pretty good for the environment, and comparable with small family hatchbacks. This model is also the best for money-savers, as it offers up to 68.9mpg. Again, mightily impressive, and it’ll save buyers a lot of money both at the pumps, and on the yearly tax bill.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Evoque you’re going to get an efficient, punchy engine, with surprisingly good green credentials. This is of course only the case if you avoid the powerful petrol model.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, with impressive standard safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the Range Rover Evoque easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating, With scores of 86% in adult safety, 75% in child safety, and 41% in pedestrian safety, the Evoque isn’t amongst the best in its class, but it’s still a safe car for you and your passengers. This is helped with the copious amounts of safety kit that comes as standard. Even entry-level models come with seven airbags, electronic stability control, hill-start assist, and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.
Reasonably good value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Range Rover Evoque represents surprisingly good value for money. This obviously varies from model to model, but so long as you avoid the petrol-powered Evoque you’re going to get impressively high fuel efficiency, and pleasingly low CO2 emissions. This makes it a great company car, whilst it’s also a good value family car as well.
Insurance groups with the Evoque again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 28 for the entry-level 2.0 ed4 SE 2WD, and climbs up towards group 40 if you go for the top of the range 2.0 Si4 HSE Dynamic Lux 3dr Auto. Generally speaking, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is a factor with the Evoque, but not compared to a lot of cars. The Evoque is one of the most desirable SUVs on the market, so it won’t depreciate too much, at least after the first year. With first year depreciation as high as 20% though, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Range Rover Evoque is one of the most stylish luxury crossover SUVs currently gracing British roads. It’s striking looks, it’s quality interior, and it’s rewarding driving experience have won it lots of admirers, and it’s easy to see why. It’s not quite as safe as some of its rivals, and it’s not the most refined ride, but without doubt the Range Rover Evoque is one of the very best family crossover SUVs.
Buying a used Range Rover Evoque online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Range Rover Evoque for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Evoque. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Range Rover Evoque online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Range Rover? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Range Rover Evoque, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Evoque, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Range Rover to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.