2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe
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Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo DI 2.0L I4
Power:
240 HP / 270 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Automatic
0-60 Time:
7.1 Seconds
Drivetrain:
4-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,902 LBS
Seating:
2+3
Cargo:
19.4 / 47.6 CU-FT
MPG:
18 City / 28 HWY
Evoking A New Sense Of Style In The CUV Market



We see the form versus function fight played out on a daily basis in the automotive realm. Designers, engineers and accountants lock horns on every model that ever makes its way to the street in order to come up with a suitable compromise that will successfully appease their respective masters. More often than not, a vehicle's more stylish aspects are left by the wayside as aerodynamics, packaging and economics hammer automotive forms into the same uninspired mold. Anyone who remembers the muscular form of the Chevrolet Volt concept need only look to the limp lines of the production model to see the process in action.

It's something special when an automaker cries "Damn the torpedoes!" and drives an undiluted concept design off of the auto show stage and straight into production. Pupils dilate, cheeks flush and hearts flutter with primordial do-want. Such is the case with the 2012 Range Rover Evoque Coupe. In an era when most automakers wouldn't waste firing a single synapse on the personal utility segment, Land Rover has kicked open the doors on an arena long thought forgotten. With its heart-stopping styling, powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine and surprising off-road chops, the Evoque is exactly what we've been missing from this segment. But who's going to buy it?
The luxury CUV segment has just begun toddling out of its infancy. While buyers have been content to snap up full-size, gas guzzling beasts wrapped in leather since the early '90s, manufacturers have only recently begun offering smaller, more efficient models on tall-riding platforms. The BMW X3 has offered buyers an alternative to top-heavy beasts like the BMW X5 and Range Rover Sport since its debut in 2003, but with an overall length of 183 inches, the vehicle isn't exactly small by city center standards. The Mercedes-Benz GLK, meanwhile, nips nearly five inches from the X3's stem-to-stern dimensions to offer buyers a more modest runabout, but even that machine dwarfs the Evoque Coupe.

With a total length of 171 inches and a wheelbase of 104.7 inches, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque Coupe can't help but look athletic. Up front, the vehicle offers the world a scowling, bull dog face. The vehicle's short, domed hood forms a linear brow for the HID headlights and split metal grate grille, and the front fascia features deep insets for a set of LED fog lamps. Down low, a contrasting faux skid plate serves as a curled lower lip. With its sizable 20-inch wheels pushed far forward, the Evoque looks ready to head off road with a 25-degree approach angle, which is comparable to the X3 at 26 degrees and the GLK at 23 degrees.

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The 2012 Evoque manages to balance the aggressiveness of its front valance with a stunning and elegant profile. With a raked windshield and a dramatic tapered roof, the CUV has managed to stay true to the company's LRX concept that first debuted at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Exaggerated wheel arches work with strong character lines and well-executed details give the eye something to chew on. We've always counted ourselves as fans of the Range Rover floating roof, and the pillarless design is particularly striking here.

Move to the vehicle's stern and you're met with what could possibly be the world's smallest rear window. The demure rear glass is a byproduct of the tapered roof employed on the Evoque. Despite its size, Land Rover engineers managed to squeeze in a similarly tiny rear wiper. The Evoque makes use of a surprising amount of plastic body cladding, and while we typically recoil at the first hint of the quickly fading material, the cladding simply works here. That's especially true on the rear valance, where the painted and raw black plastics give the vehicle's aft considerably more texture than simple paint alone could manage.

Land Rover kindly incorporated rear fog lights on the 2012 Evoque – a feature that greatly increases a vehicle's visibility in fog, snow and dense rain. Our week with the CUV was mired in foul weather more often than not, so we were glad for the added illumination. Whereas our cousins in Europe have enjoyed rear fog lights for generations, this tech has been slow coming to the States.

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We've seen plenty of show-circuit escapees bring heart-stopping exteriors to production only to leave us stuck with ill-envisioned cabins. The Pontiac Solstice Coupe, fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and first-generation Dodge Viper all greeted the world with sheetmetal that dropped underwear for fun and profit but came equipped with interiors molded from Tupperware slag. For its part, the Range Rover Evoque is innocent of that folly. Despite our tester's black-on-blacker interior, the cabin offered well-executed ergonomics and the kind of materials we've come to know and love from Range Rover.

Having spent its hard plastic budget on exterior cladding, the Evoque keeps most surfaces soft-touch inside. The dash offers brushed metal accents paired with soft rubber covers. The material feels every bit like shark skin, and the matte finish helps class up otherwise plain innards. The cockpit feels relatively cozy, thanks in part to a high center stack that effectively divides the driver and co-driver's spaces. Since our tester came equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the console wore the same dial-o-matic gear selector as the Jaguar fleet. While some critics have bemoaned the hardware, your author prefers it to a protruding stalk from the steering column or a cumbersome shift lever jutting from the center console.

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The 2012 Range Rover Evoque offers excellent front seating with contoured, leather-dipped buckets for front occupants. The bolstered thrones would be happy in a low-slung sports car, and finding them in a tall CUV is a pleasant surprise. Despite being a coupe, the rear seats are large enough for full-growns adult, though expect to be patient when it comes time to access the second row. Instead of a quick mechanical release, the seats must be operated by an electric switch. The mechanism moves forward with the kind of patience that only the fabulously wealthy can afford, leaving the rest of us ready to rip the bucket out of the vehicle if only to save a few seconds of waiting for the grave.

While there's plenty to gush about in the Evoque, we're 100-percent smitten with the vehicle's optional expansive glass roof. Check out our Short Cut below to see what we mean.


Of course, there are drawbacks to the delicious angle at which the roof line descends to the rear bumper. Don't expect to find much in the way of cargo area behind the rear seats. The Evoque offers nearly 19.4 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear bench in place, which is more than four cubic feet less than you'll find in the five-door Ford Focus. Did we mention this thing is small? Dropping the rear seat backs results in just over 47.6 cubic feet of cargo area, though don't expect to find a flat load surface.

Under the hood, the Evoque delivers more than adequate power via a Ford-sourced turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine. With 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, the engine can kick the 3,902-pound CUV to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. At any point, the small-displacement four-pot can summon up suitable levels of thrust for quick interstate passes or darting around in downtown traffic. Much of that flexibility is a byproduct of the vehicle's six-speed automatic transmission, which has no problem finding the perfect gear for the situation at a moment's notice. Automatic all-wheel drive is, of course, standard.

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe

While Land Rover took the time to incorporate all of its off-road know-how into the Evoque, we're betting most buyers won't come close to exploring the vehicle's capability. We spent our time with the CUV jousting with the rest of humanity on America's interstate system over the Thanksgiving Holiday, and the vehicle proved to be the perfect weapon for dispatching hour after hour of mindless miles. The Evoque offers a surprisingly quick steering ratio that helps give the vehicle a decidedly playful feel – a sensation that's underscored by a willing throttle response and incredibly capable brakes. The whole platform feels light on its feet despite its actual girth, and the Evoque simply feels good to drive as a result.

We were a bit concerned the scant rear glass would result in mammoth blind spots out back, but rearward visibility wasn't much of an issue. Surprisingly enough, we found ourselves having issues seeing forward, specifically in intersections, thanks to the vehicle's oversized side-view mirrors. The mammoth pieces of looking glass are crucial for minimizing blind spots out back, but can safely conceal a full-sized pickup on the passenger side from the driver's point of view. Likewise, they can make parking or navigating off-road obstacles a bit of a bear.

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If that's the price we have to pay for the enjoying the Evoque's styling, we'll take it. Unfortunately, Land Rover will ask you to hand over more than your unobstructed forward view if you want to put an Evoque Coupe in your garage. The vehicle carries a base MSRP of $43,995 plus destination, though our tester landed well north of that figure at $57,896 including $750 in destination fees. What does over $14,000 worth of options look like on an Evoque? For starters, opting for the Coupe designation will cost you an additional $1,000 over the five-door model, and our tester came laden with journalist-pleasing attributes like the stylish Dynamic package, complete with a unique front and rear fascia, louvered hood and other goodies. Throw in a set of 20-inch alloy wheels and a climate package with heated windshield, steering wheel, seats and windshield washer nozzles, and it's easy to see just how quickly the bottom line can climb.

This begs the inevitable question: Who's going to buy the Land Rover Evoque? At the end of the day, there's no sensible reason to choose this vehicle over the available competition. During our time with the vehicle, we did manage to see up to 25 mpg highway and 21.5 mpg combined, and the Environmental Protection Agency estimates buyers should be able to net 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Those figures are more than respectable for a 4,000-pound CUV with a legitimate all-wheel-drive system, but the vehicle's slim cargo area and steep price tag effectively render the fuel economy value argument null and void.

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Fortunately, buying a vehicle in this segment is rarely about what you need, and the 2012 Evoque has a unique knack for making onlookers want to be behind the wheel. With its emotive styling and precise driving dynamics, we could have spent another month behind the wheel without complaint. Land Rover just needs to translate that sort of yearning into actual hard sales. Based on all of the eyeballs that followed our Coupe and the amount of award hardware the Evoque has won so far this year, we don't expect that will be a problem.


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      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the cost was in the $30k range... it be a great buy but at close to $60k I'd have to be on drugs. Looks like a great pickup 2-3 years from now used.
      J
      • 3 Years Ago
      About $20K too much for a suppossed "CUV" that will struggle storing a week's worth of groceries...at least it looks good.
        mr higgens
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J
        I raise my hand I bought one!!!! After waiting for this to come out after seeing the concept. I have been enjoying mine for about 3 weeks now enough time to take it snowboarding and on trips to see the family for the holidays. It may not have the largest cargo area (I went with the 4 door) but it will gladly swallow the trip to Costco and pack 4 people to the mountain in comfort. Cant wait for the summer to tow the bikes to the track and go rock climbing and weekend camping/hiking trips with it. I think this car is prices just fine starting at 43. The four door premium was a touch over 50 and im just fine with that. I suppose I am the target market for this car though. And the sunroof is really great its amazing how much light it lest in and make the interior feel open and airy, even with the black leather with white stitching.
      meshcount
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like it, I'm all for bold design—it pushes other companies forward to advance their styling as well. I feel like the auto industry is just starting to come out of a design rut. The rear seats remind me of Han Solo sunk in a crate of carbonite though.
      ernie.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hard to believe this thing is smaller than the GLK. The Benz is diminutive!
      TBQ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it looks kind of cheap in person. It's very photogenic.
        action3500
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TBQ
        I was about to say completely opposite. I saw one of these on the street and was surprised how good it looked. Granted it looked like fully-loaded version with giant rims.
      Speedholes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very much dig the new vital stats segment. I would love to see the complete list viewable from the homepage.
      EHM613
      • 3 Years Ago
      This SUV/CUV isn't for me but I applaud those Brits for mass producing a vehicle that looks different.
      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pricey but damn good looking...I hate to stereotype but I will tell you who will buy this. This is the college car for the daughter of Mom and Dad who drive a RR and RR Sport, respectively.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad that rear fog-lights are coming here in imported cars...it's a fantastic safety feature for heavy rain and foggy roads.
      suzane
      • 4 Months Ago
      My husband and me just bought one ourselfs and even if I was a little intimidated at first I now love this car. If you look here http://evoque.landrover.com/au how can you not love this car?
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I simply don't get the point for this ute. Sure, it looks like a million bucks. And yes, it has a high quality interior. And yes, it gets terrific mileage for this segment. But guess what? It is about $10 k overpriced. Not to mention that it has awful visibility, very little cargo space, and a cramped backseat I don't know why anyone in their rigt mind would take this over an EX35, X3, RDX, Q5, or SRX. Or an LR2, for that matter. They are much cheaper and offer similar features and specs. Not to mention that you can get an A4 or 328i wagon for less which will be more fun to drive, be more practical, and have better performance. Sorry LR, but this is a swing and a miss. Better get cracking on that new Defender. And make it an actual truck, not some crappy family sedan disguised as a truck, make it Spartan, and price it in Wrangler territory.
        Stefan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I think if it drove as though it was in a premium segment, you'd have something. Unfortunately despite the good looks and premium interior, it drives very much like any entry level turbocharged CUV. Pretty weak. Let's wait to see what the Evoque R brings.
      fillerup
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a monstrosity. You can clearly see that Chery is influencing their design to appeal to their domestic market in China. Smart move, I suppose.
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