Introducing the Range Rover Evoque
When it was first launched, the Range Rover Evoque was a total revelation and completely redefined the compact SUV segment with its stunning design and premium build quality. With the latest generation, Land Rover have chosen to refine and improve what was already there, rather than start all over again - purely because the Evoque has been incredibly popular from day one.
Interestingly, the Evoque is the first Land Rover to utilise the firm's all-new Premium Transverse Architecture, which is designed to offer more scope for technical progress over the lifetime of the car.
With the changes made and the potential for advanced progression over the coming years, this new phase of the Evoque's life is looking bright.
Design and Practicality
The appearance of the Evoque has been freshened up to move with the times. Although, to be quite frank, the Evoque did not really need a complete re-design because the original concept still looks a cut above the rest.
That distinctive sloping roofline still features alongside a smooth body shape that cleverly incorporates sharply styled features. Gaze hard enough though, and the design tweaks that have been made make themselves know. They definitely come together to make a big impact visually.
Up front, the grille and headlights have been changed for a slightly narrower setup, very similar to what can be seen on the Range Rover Velar, which is a real head-turner in itself. The rear of the vehicle wears revised taillights and a bumper that has been redesigned, both of which combine to make the car look wider and sportier.
Technology and Safety
Besides the innovative hybrid drivetrains that are available with the Evoque, Land Rover have added a host of other features that are very enticing. The wading depth has increased to 600 mm (up from 500 mm) and combines seamlessly with Terrain Response 2, an intelligent computer system that detects the road surface and adjusts the rest of the car accordingly.
Clearsight Groundview uses cameras on the side mirrors and front axle to provide a 'through-the-bonnet' view on the infotainment system, meaning the driver is never tackling a gradient in blind faith.
Elsewhere, the Evoque's infotainment system gains Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As part of its intuitive nature, the system uses algorithms to learn the driver's preferences; including favoured seating positions, music tastes and climate control configurations.
Economy and Performance
There are a trio of petrol engines and another three diesel units to choose from. The petrol engines are all Ingenium turbocharged 4-cylinder units, each variant producing 197, 247 and 296 bhp respectively.
On the flip side, Land Rover have extracted 148, 178 and 237 bhp out of the diesel engines on offer, which all feature a useful amount of torque. Each engine comes with a slick 9-speed automatic gearbox as standard, unless you opt for an entry-level diesel Evoque, in which case you have the option of a manual transmission.
Perhaps the biggest revelation is the introduction of the mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems, which utilise battery power to help reduce emissions and offer enhanced acceleration.
- Automatic headlights
- Rain sensing windscreen wipers
- Heated windscreen
- Two-zone Climate Control
- 10" Touch Pro
- Smartphone Pack consisting of InControl Apps, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
- Bluetooth® connectivity
- Driver Condition Monitor
- 8-way heated manual front seats
Key Features (in addition to 'Evoque'):
- Shadow Atlas RANGE ROVER bonnet script
- Shadow Atlas grille with Gloss Black surround
- Burnished Copper bonnet louvres
- Burnished Copper side vents
- Shadow Atlas RANGE ROVER tailgate script
- Dark Satin Grey rear bumper with bodycoloured valance
- Burnished Copper exhaust finishers
- Gradated Linear Dark Aluminium trim finisher
- Black gearshift paddles6
- Perforated leather steering wheel
- Ebony Morzine headlining
- Chrome treadplates
- Bright metal pedals
- Evoque and R-Dynamic badge
- 18" Style 5075, 5 split-spoke, Gloss Sparkle Silver alloy wheels
- When R-Dynamic is specified: 18" Style 5074, 5 split-spoke, Gloss Sparkle Silver alloy wheels
- Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter.
- Auto-dimming, power fold, heated door mirrors with approach lights
- Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror
- Manual tailgate
- LED headlights
Key Features (in addition/replacement to 'S'):
- 20" Style 5076, 5 split-spoke, Gloss Sparkle Silver alloy wheels
- When R-Dynamic is specified: 20" Style 5079, 5 split-spoke, Gloss Sparkle Silver alloy wheels
- Auto High Beam Assist
- 14-way electric heated memory front seats
- Front and rear Animated Directional Indicators
- Powered tailgate
- Park Pack:
- Clear Exit Monitor
- Park Assist
- 360º Parking Aid
- Rear Traffic Monitor
Key Features (in addition/replacement to 'SE'):
- 20" Style 5076, 5 split-spoke, Gloss Mid-Silver with contrast Diamond Turned finish alloy wheels
- When R-Dynamic is specified: 20" Style 5079, 5 split-spoke, Gloss Dark Grey with contrast Diamond Turned finish alloy wheels
- Keyless Entry
- 16-way electric heated memory front seats
- Drive Pack:
- Blind Spot Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- High Speed Emergency Braking
Test Drive the Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque has never had an issue making a statement upon arrival, but the upgraded version has reaffirmed its place as a class leader in its segment. Factor in the introduction of the hybrid systems that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy, and the Evoque becomes a compelling ownership proposition.
Please contact your nearest Stratstone Land Rover retailer to arrange a test drive.