Range Rover Evoque Review
Returning for its second generation, the greatest success story in Land Rover’s proud history, the Range Rover Evoque, looks poised to reclaim its crown as one of the UK’s favourite mid-size luxury SUVs.
Select's rating score* - 4.2 / 5
The Range Rover Evoque caused a splash when it was first released in 2011. The vehicle quickly became the best-selling model in Land Rover’s stable – accounting for a third of the manufacturer’s total sales.
The wave of success enjoyed by Range Rover’s Evoque resulted in an avalanche of rivals entering the market in the years following its release. Armed with a fresh design, upgraded interior as well as economical engines, the ‘Range Rover Evoque’ Mark 2 replicates its early popularity and takes its place as one of the UKs most treasured vehicles.
When it comes to engines – there’s plenty of options for the discerning buyer. The Evoque range is dominated by Land Rover’s Ingenium four-cylinder engine – with three options for both petrol and diesel respectively, and power outputs ranging from 148 to a mean 296 brake horsepower. The Evoque has received widespread praise for its comfort and smoothness of drive – with an improved suspension ensuring it remains an accomplished motorway cruiser. All Evoque trims offer four-wheel drive and off-roaders will be delighted with the introduction of ‘Terrain Response 2’, which dynamically maps the road surface and adapts the car transmission response accordingly.
The Evoque is available in both 5 door and convertible form, with the 3-door version now cut from the lineup. Land Rover have retained key design elements which made the Evoque a hit, including the distinctive ‘clam-shell’ bonnet, while new door handles and a smooth side finish have been borrowed from the Evoque’s more premium sibling: the Range Rover Velar. The Evoque is the first vehicle to sit on Land Rover’s new ‘Premium Transverse Architecture’ platform, which is designed for mild-hybrids and means most of the vehicle’s parts are completely new.
Inside, there’s a brand-new 12.3-inch instrument panel providing a host of connectivity options, while higher spec models get the added option of Touch Pro ‘Duo’ 10-inch screens. The Evoque is a compact SUV, but the back will easily accommodate three passengers, and legroom has been increased for the new model making long journeys more comfortable. In the boot, there’s a 10% hike in space to 591-litres, which can be increased to an impressive 1,383-litres with the rear bench folded.
Standard, S, SE and HSE trim levels carry over from the outgoing model, each offering an improved tier of technology and equipment. Every trim also offers an optional R-Dynamic pack, providing more features and sports detailing inside and out. Entry-level spec gives you 17-inch alloy wheels, heated windscreen, ambient lighting and dual-zone climate control.
Choosing ‘S’ trim upgrades the Evoque’s infotainment system and adds Sat Nav, Android Auto and Apple Car Play. ‘SE’ adds a swish ‘virtual-cockpit’ panel, premium LED headlamps and a powered tailgate.
Top spec ‘HSE’ trim gives you a Meridian sound system, heated front seats, rear-view camera and adaptive cruise control. On top of this, you’ll also benefit from 20-inch alloy wheels and all-new hand and voice activated gesture control.
The Evoque’s all-new ‘mild-hybrid’ drivetrain means running costs are no longer the dirty word they once were with SUVs. According to Land Rover, the new efficient electrified powertrain means up to 8g/km of CO2 saving, engines shutting off at speeds below 17km/h and up to 140 Nm of electric torque – giving a healthy 6% fuel saving, all in line with WLTP regulations*. Land Rover have quoted around 50 miles to the gallon for the entry-level diesel automatic, with 37 miles for the petrol equivalent.
The acclaim of the iconic Evoque has surely eclipsed even the wildest dreams of the bosses at Land Rover. Built at Land Rover’s UK Halewood factory, the new Evoque is showing signs its ready to sweep away its rivals, having already marked out its credentials by scooping a top prize in the shape of Best Family SUV at the recent 2020 WhatCar? Car of the Year Awards.
The Range Rover Evoque mark 2 has tightened Land Rover’s grip on the desirable premium family SUV market, thanks partly to a refreshed exterior, improved technology and the latest economical engines - there is every indication the Evoque is set to be a feature on UK roads, for many years to come.
*Based on Select’s unique meta score analysis, taking into account the UK’s top six leading independent car review sites the Evoque