2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director
June 19, 2017

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque cloaks its off-road chops in street-smart, urbane style.

The Range Rover Evoque was a black swan when it was new in the 2012 model year. Unexpected, angular, and tilted toward high fashion, it signaled that the Range Rover brand was moving in a different direction than the Land Rover nameplate.

Five years later, it's still one of the smartest moves Land Rover has made. The Evoque gives Range Rover a compact crossover SUV with a heavy dose of the off-road talent implied by its badges, and marries it with an urbane sense of style that appeals to a whole new audience—one that would hate to see its pretty sheet metal ruined by mud.

The Evoque comes in SE, SE Premium, SE Dynamic, HSE, and HSE Dynamic versions. Prices start at about $43,000, and soar beyond $63,000 when well-optioned.

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We rate the Range Rover Evoque at 7.0 out of 10, with its best scores in features and styling. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Range Rover Evoque styling and performance

The Evoque might get lumped in with other trendy shapes like those worn by the Infiniti QX50 and BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC-Class, but it's outfitted for hard work, whether it's in the dirt or on the runway. As a three-door, a two-door convertible, and as a five-door, the Evoque wears smart origami influences and the wedgy proportions of a chopped-and-channeled hot rod. Last year, Land Rover gilded the lily with a new grille, a few new finishes and some new features, but the essence remains unchanged. Even as a convertible, the Evoque has a sensibility that sets its aside from its rivals.

All Evoques draw power from a coarse-sounding 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4. Power builds quickly from idle, and the Evoque feels punchy, whether it's passing at highway speeds or ranging on trails and backroads. Since the Evoque is relatively small and light, it even manages to come off as nimble, too. It's definitely a more car-like driving experience, and fuel economy of up to 24 mpg combined underscores that.

An Active Driveline system, with active differentials and torque vectoring, is standard equipment on all models. It's one of the keys to that impressive fuel economy, as it decouples the rear wheels above 22 mph, re-enabling it within 300 milliseconds whenever it's needed. All-Terrain Progress Control lets the vehicle crawl at a determined speed when negotiating tricky terrain, allowing the driver to focus on the steering.

Evoque comfort, safety, and features

Put bluntly, the Evoque doesn't skimp on what's inside. It's all richly detailed, just on a smaller scale. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, with a wide range of adjustment; the rear seats are a bit tighter, but still suitable for short trips. In three-door models, entry to the rear seats can be a bit difficult, but the five-door version remedies that completely. Cargo space is not excessive, but given the Evoque's exterior dimensions, it's reasonable at 24 cubic feet, and the space itself is wide and easy to access.

All Evoques come with a rich set of features. Top Evoque HSE models offer more than ever, with Oxford leather seats, a fixed panoramic glass sunroof, a universal garage-door opener, and blind-spot monitors. Land Rover's latest infotainment system is a massive upgrade from its prior setup, but it's not without some sluggish responses. The option we'd make sure was included? Surround-view cameras, as the Evoque's high rear end all but obliterates the view to the rear.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Styling

The Range Rover Evoque takes the crossover SUV into high-fashion territory, with its crisply folded body.

The Evoque has been well-received since it was new for the 2012 model year, and for good reason. It's a styling black swan, one with a signature high-fashion look so strong it can pull off the Range Rover nameplate.

The Evoque manages to take some of Range Rover's signature "rugged-chic" elements and mixes them with some urban style, sportiness, and a different kind of elegance. It merits a styling score of 8 out of 10, with its above-average interior outpointed by its sharp-edged sheet metal. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The Evoque's cabin is sleek, if not quite simple, with a range of cool metallic or warm wood trims available. Hints of the ultra-luxurious trappings of the full-sized Range Rover line can be found in the shapes and themes, with large, rounded gauges ahead of the driver and cut-corner rectangles framing the controls. In Dynamic models, bright colors liven up the trim options; Prestige versions find a mellower, earthier medium.

Beneath the layer of style and pop, there's a sense of quality and care, a depth that says there's substance as well as sizzle. Ambient LEDs turn up the details a notch, especially in Dynamic models, which flare to red lighting when sport mode is engaged. It's definitely a dramatic vehicle, whatever you want to call it or however you classify it.

From the outside, the Evoque reads as if it's made in two distinct tiers. The blunt styling of an SUV down low marries with the thinner, pulled-back look of a sedan or coupe up top. The bull-bar-style treatment that adds power to the Land Rover grille, even one with a smaller frame. Powerful wheel arches, the linear beltline and angular roofline combine with a greenhouse that's narrower toward the rear and blacked-out pillars throughout. It all wraps around to a bobbed, canted rear end featuring jewel-like taillights and a high window line.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Performance

More a crossover than an SUV, the Range Rover Evoque still has formidable off-road skill in its corner.

Range Rover stands for tenacious off-road capability and lots of on-road comfort. The Evoque flips that script with its focus on paved roads. Still, as long as you're not asking it to dive deep into unmarked territory, it can manage things not expected from such a civilized vehicle.

We give it a 6 out of 10 for performance. Its mid-line talents are augmented by impressive off-road ability. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

All Evoques offer a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and 9-speed automatic transmission, coupled to all-wheel drive. The powertrain moves the Evoque confidently and quickly. The 9-speed is shared with other manufacturers that haven't calibrated their versions as well; in the Evoque, the transmission shifts more smoothly, without the hiccuping we've noticed in other cars. 

The turbo-4 engine is flexible and builds lots of torque low in its powerband. It's good at both stop-and-go trail rambling and high-speed passing. It could use another round of noise and vibration work; it sounds coarse under hard acceleration.

Short overhangs and a good ground clearance give the Evoque the geometric requirements for basic off-roading. In our time off-road with the three-door model, the Evoque acquitted itself as well as any other compact crossover we've driven.

The 4-wheel drive system in the Evoque now disengages at speeds above 22 mph, reducing the load on the drivetrain for improved gas mileage. It can reengage all-wheel drive in just 300 milliseconds should 4-wheel-drive grip become needed. A torque-vectoring system is also fitted as standard, helping to reduce understeer in hard maneuvers.

Land Rover's four-mode Terrain Response system is standard, providing Normal, Snow, Mud & Ruts, and Sand modes—all selected by a press of a button. And for the most part, the Evoque does indeed muster the off-road ability that owners will seek. The hill descent control helps to creep down inclines, and the Terrain Response package lets you ease back up them. All-Terrain Progress Control has the vehicle crawl at a pre-determined speed when negotiating tricky terrain, allowing the driver to focus on the steering.

Back on the road, the Evoque shines. The word "car-like" tends to get thrown around a little too often when talking about well-mannered crossovers, but in the Evoque's case, it's truly apt. It's nimble and balanced, with electric power steering that responds to light, crisp inputs, as does its independent suspension. With the Dynamic trim package, adaptive magnetic dampers offer even better ride quality and body control.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Comfort & Quality

The Evoque is an appealing place to be, provided you're in the front seats.

The Range Rover Evoque is the sporty kin to the Land Rover Discovery Sport, but it's charged with carrying the brand's style banner, not its utility wand. The Evoque is comfortable enough for two, but if you're carrying more passengers on a regular basis, the more practical Land Rover's probably the better choice.

We give the Evoque a 7 out of 10 for having good front seats and good storage space, when the seats in back are folded down. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Front passengers will find the Evoque especially comfortable. Its power-adjustable seats wear handsome leather trim, especially on HSE models, and they're moderately bolstered. On most versions, a glass roof cuts into head room, and taller passengers will notice. Those front seats can now be fitted with an available massage function and up to 14-way adjustment.

The back seat is barely adequate for adults in five-door models. It's fairly easy to get into the second-row seat but the sunroof issue is more pronounced thanks to the Evoque's roofline. The rear seats are contoured and supportive, although they don't offer generous leg room.

Three-door models ask passengers to contort their feet and bodies just to get in. We haven't driven the convertible but we've sat in the back seat, and it's even more compromised.

All hardtop versions of the Evoque have a fair amount of storage space, especially considering the crossover's overall size and the amount of room dedicated to passengers. The three-door model offers about 19 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, or nearly 48 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. The five-door makes a little more room, at about 20 cubic feet with the seats up, and 51 cubic feet with them folded down.

Elsewhere it's a bit coupe-like; the cabin offers a large center console with cupholders under a sliding door, a reasonably roomy glove box, door-panel pockets, and a relatively deep bin below the armrest.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Safety

The Evoque has some of the latest safety features, but it lacks crash-test scores.

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has crash-tested the Evoque, so we have no data on which to base a score. We'll punt on that for now—but if that data is published, we'll update this page and the Evoque's score. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

Consider it unlikely, since the Evoque was new in the 2012 model year and is likely due for replacement in the next two model years.

The usual airbags and stability control are augmented in the Evoque by a user-selectable all-wheel-drive system with trailer stability assist and hill-descent control. Those last two features leverage the Evoque's anti-lock braking system to improve vehicle stability in low-grip conditions, including off-road use. 

A raft of new electronic aides were grafted on the Evoque last year. They include forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, a mode that lets the Evoque follow the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic, and adaptive cruise control. 

The Evoque also offers All-Terrain Progress Control, which lets the vehicle crawl at a set speed when negotiating tricky terrain, allowing the driver to focus on the steering.

The Evoque has good forward and side vision, though the rear view is pretty compromised. A rearview camera helps with parking and lane changes; we'd up for the optional surround-view camera, too.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Features

Evoques get pricey when the options are ladled on--but who doesn't want 825 watts of audio and surround-view cameras?

The Range Rover Evoque is offered in many trim levels: SE, SE Premium, SE Dynamic, HSE, and HSE Dynamic. Pricing starts at about $43,000 and soars past $63,000 before all options are exhausted. That Range Rover badge could end in a dollar sign and look perfectly in place.

We give the Evoque an 8 out of 10 for good standard and optional features, and for its infotainment system. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The Evoque SE comes with power features; cruise control; automatic climate control; 12-way power front seats; leather upholstery; front and rear parking sensors; 18-inch wheels; and the InControl Touch Plus infotainment system, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen. All models get standard navigation and All Terrain Progress Control this year. SE Premium models add LED accent lighting; a gesture-operated tailgate; and driver’s seat memory settings.

For 2017, InControl Touch Pro becomes standard on all but the base SE and SE Premium models.

The Evoque HSE ladles on more features: Oxford leather seats; heated front seats; a fixed panoramic glass sunroof; automatic high beams; and blind-spot monitors.

Want more? The top HSE Dynamic model includes a special Dynamic Mode for the Adaptive Dynamics system, illuminated treadplates, bright exhaust finishers, a rear spoiler, and a perforated leather steering wheel.

There's an available park-assist feature can put the Evoque into a perpendicular spot now, in addition to the trickier parallel-parking jobs it automated previously.

Other available extras include an 825-watt Meridian audio system; keyless ignition; a surround-view camera system; and a heated windshield and steering wheel.

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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Fuel Economy

In the SUV world, the Evoque's gas mileage is great; among crossovers, it's...fine.

All Range Rover Evoques draw power from the same turbo-4 and 9-speed automatic, coupled to all-wheel drive. Gas mileage only changes when the Evoque loses its lid. 

All hardtop Evoques have the same EPA ratings of 21 mpg city, 29 highway, 24 combined. The convertible's extra weight is a penalty. It's downgraded to 20/28/23 mpg.

Those numbers earn a green score of 6 out of 10 on our scale. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

The Evoque can credit its advanced transmission for the numbers it posts. The wide ratio spread and deep overdrive top gear of the 9-speed automatic transmission plays some role in fuel efficiency, as does an all-wheel-drive system that mostly disconnects power to the rear wheels when all-wheel drive isn't needed. At around 3,600 pounds in hardtop form, the Evoque is also a lightweight vehicle compared to other Land Rover models, at least in hardtop form.

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