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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

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The 2013 Range Rover Evoque nails the coupe-crossover concept, and puts the off-roading on mute with a sexy shape and a casual elegance.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque defines trendy--yup, it's a "coupelike crossover"--but somehow it defies the quicksand that's sunk other star-crossed attempts at this kind of SUV husbandry. Where the BMW X6 and Infiniti FX underwhelm on room and overwhelm on price, and where the MINI Paceman un-satisfies, the Evoque wins us over. And it's not all based on its wardrobe choices.

For 2013, a range of updates and a new entry-level model bring a freshness to the Evoque in its second year on the road. Not that its design needed any freshening in the first place; it's the most comely crossover we've seen--perhaps ever. While there's still a vague resemblance to its blocky, slab-sided Land Rover complements, the Evoque pares it all back to a sleek, angular form that looks at home in the city as no off-roader truly can.

The Evoque still retains its off-road DNA, too, though it's less obvious than it is elsewhere in the brand's offerings. A new off-road navigation feature in navigation-equipped models brings a better sense of direction to off-book excursions, while Terrain Response electronics and MagneRide dampers help the all-wheel-drive system cope with a variety of surface conditions, off road or on.

Under the hood lives a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can be a bit coarse at times, but still gives the Evoque a strong, peppy feeling once the turbo is spooled. The Evoque's relatively light weight and small dimensions help with the  sense of sport and nimbleness.

Inside the Evoque, you'll find a compact crossover that makes the most of the available space, with a wide cargo and passenger area. The front seats offer plenty of room for most adults, and while the rear seats are a bit tighter, there's still room enough for friends, though entry to the rear seats can be tough in the three-door coupe models. The five-door variant eases this, but still carries the same amount of total cargo at nearly two dozen cubic feet of space.

For 2013, there are five variants of the five-door, and three variants of the coupe. Ranging in price from $41,995 to $52,595 for the five-door and $44,995 to $53,095 for the coupe, the primary differences are found in equipment levels, though subtle exterior cues will tip off knowledgeable fans. A new Pure trim is the entry-level Evoque for 2013, shaving about $2,000 off the previous year's base price.

Jumping up to the Prestige trim line brings 19-inch wheels, more premium leather throughout the interior, and genuine wood and metal finishes on the trim. The top-range Dynamic adds unique bumpers, side sills, a different grille, unique tailpipes, and its own 19-inch wheels. Contrasting  colors for the roof and spoiler are also available, while the interior gets a darker sport-themed treatment with dashes of bright accent colors, and perforated leather seats.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door HB Pure Plus

It's beautiful with not so great performance

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- Ride comfort: 3/5; isn't the best. It's stiff most times and the seats are not even close to the comfort of BMW X5 or 535i - Acceleration: 3/5, the turbocharged engine while delivering decent torque at... + More »
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-Door HB Pure Plus

Land Rover has come a long way!

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Very impressed with Land Rover and the Evoque. Thecombination of the performance, features, comfort and reliability is what drove us to pick this sporty mid size crossover and we are very happy with it!
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Friday, April 17, 2015
For 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Beautiful Styling, incredible fit and finish, more electronics than a space ship

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The Evoque design is really striking in a land of most SUV's looking alike. the fit and finish of the body and interior is what you would expect from a premium maker like Range Rover. The interior leather... + More »
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