- Top-level technology
- Refined, sophisticated design
- Range of engine options
- Premium feel
There are many drivers out there who are looking for cutting edge hardware, and the Range Rover Evoque has just that.
The R-Dynamic model I tested here has a first-class image, plenty of standard equipment, and packs a punch on the road, as confirmed by 250 miles behind the wheel of the 2022 Evoque model.
Plenty of engine options are up for grabs, including a plug-in hybrid P300e petrol model, as Land Rover continues its push towards electrification.
The D200 diesel option, part of the company’s Ingenium engine family, serves as a reminder of how capable and efficient diesel technology can be. It was so quiet to the point that I felt the need to double-check the colour of the filling station fuel pump.
As the more powerful of the two 2.0-litre diesels and developing 197bhp as opposed to 162bhp, there is more than enough punch should you need it, and while the official average fuel consumption figure is 43.8mpg, our own return was just short of 37mpg.
Technology and Equipment
Comfort, convenience, and connection are critical in a car like this, particularly with the higher spec models.
The level of kit and the smart practicality is exceptional.
Part of the latest upgrade is a transformed on-board digital experience courtesy of Land Rover’s Pivi infotainment set-up, which is ready to go as soon as it is switched on.
Software updates are available over-the-air via the vehicle’s embedded data connection at no extra cost, to ensure drivers always have the latest maps, apps, and vehicle features.
Meanwhile, centre stage in the cabin goes to the two large infotainment screens, and you also get a premium Meridian sound system, sat nav, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus a remote smartphone charger.
The touchscreen can also be used to purify the car’s air quality by activating a smart Cabin Air Filtration system to get rid of fumes in congested traffic or busy city streets.
The Evoque is manoeuvrable and safe, thanks to the ClearSight rearview mirror screen that shows an HD video of what is going on behind the car. The Evoque is smooth to drive via the 9-speed automatic gearbox, as well as having all-wheel drive and Land Rover’s trademark Terrain Response set-up.
Hardware like Hill Descent Control, Low Traction Launch and All Terrain Progress Control are also standard fare.
Regardless of conditions – wet or dry, motorway, or suburban – the Evoque is a classy, well-balanced, refined, and enjoyable car to drive. It is sold as a premium SUV and feels like one too.