2012 Range Rover Evoque
2.0 L Turbocharged 4 cyl 240 HP with 6 Speed Automatic Transmission
Indus Silver with Ebony Partial Leather
The Evoque caught our attention when it was the LRX Concept, subsequently captivating us at NAIAS in 2011. Its fair to say that we have been interested in the Evoque for over one year. Finally spending time, and even doing a road trip with the Evoque is a unique opportunity.
The design, and styling are stunning, truly innovative. The street presence is huge, it always garners a second look, and positive comments.
In the crowded field of CUV's the Evoque immediately stands out, while making a compelling statement.
Yes...its a cool cross over.
You expect a refined interior, and the Evoque does not disappoint for the price point, the leather and alcantara seats of this tester are a wonderful combination. Perhaps starting a trend that alcantara is an excellent leather substitute. The power front seats with power lumbar are comfortable even for extended periods of time. The rear seat is accomodating for adults, with good leg room, and comfortable, although with the raked roof outside visibility is restarined.
The rear cargo area is adequate while the power tailgate provides easy accessability, with the folding rear seat backs augmenting the cargo area. Yes...the rear spoiler is cool.
The controls are intuitive for most folks to quickly navigate, the retractable shift selector dial is cool, the sound system is good, the climate control is easy to adjust. Even the terrain management control is easy to grasp, and select.
Obvious there is a full complement of airbags, and safety fetaures.
Would you expect anything less?
The drive...the Evoque is a sport oriented CUV, encouraging spirited driving. Did we just say that this CUV encourages spirited driving?
The engine generates a strong 240 HP, while constantly reminding that its ready and willing to work. The 6 speed automatic is smooth and responsive, while the paddles generate reasonably quick and smooth shifts. The torque is abundant from low revolutions. The brakes are strong, the steering has good feel, and could be more on center. The suspension is sporty!
The Evoque is remarkably agile, and lively. You wonder if its a CUV, or a sport sedan. With abundant torque for surface streets and excellent power considering its a 4 cylinder for highway cruising/passing, and agility when dealing with on/off ramps.
Range Rovers have always been towards the elite top of the price chain for a particular segment, and again the Evoque does not dissapoint starting at $46,995. Most folks are wowed by the styling, impressed by the interior, captivated by the dial gear selector, and then comes the "how much" followed by "its a Range Rover".
A higher priced Range Rover is perfectly normal...and expected. The relative exclusivity bolster the higher price, especially when many luxury vehicles have diluted their exclusivity.
If you are considering a luxury CUV, while seeking innovative styling, with heightened exclusivity, and a sporty drive. Make it a point to experience the Evoque. Agreed there are numerous luxury CUV's...the Evoque is unique.
The quick review