2013 Range Rover Evoque New Car Test Drive
Land Rover's Range Rover Evoque delivers luxury, utility and reasonable fuel economy in a stylish, compact package. Evoque brings Land Rover's legendary off-road capability to a subcompact SUV. Its wide cabin means plenty of space for those in front with good space in the rear for two more. Its turbocharged engine delivers a good balance between responsiveness and fuel economy thanks to Evoque's relative light weight.
Evoque is similar in size to the BMW X1 and European-market Audi Q3 that comprise a new class of premium subcompact sport-utility vehicles. These subcompact SUVs are smaller than the compact SUVs such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Audi Q5, and Acura RDX.
Evoque is wider than all of these, however, a substantial 3.3 inches wider than the BMW X3, for example. As a result, there's more elbow room inside. And it looks great: Evoque's width and low roofline, the lowest in the class, contributes to its athletic look and aggressive stance.
Though relatively small, Evoque delivers cargo versatility with a hatchback design. Fold the rear seatbacks forward and cargo capacity expands to a useful 51 cubic feet, allowing the Range Rover Evoque to carry more cargo than can be put in a BMW X1.
Interior appointments are luxurious, comparable to those from Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. Evoque's interior measures up well in terms of roominess for four passengers. All the compact and subcompact SUVs are rated for five passengers, but none of them provide anything approaching comfort for a center rear seat occupant and the Evoque is no exception.
The Range Rover Evoque comes in two body styles, a five-door and a three-door coupe. The original show car was the coupe, a body style not offered by any competitor. The four-door is the more practical and for that reason much more popular model, though both are essentially the same size. Evoque employs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine allied with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated for 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. We found it works very well. It pulls smoothly and has very little throttle lag. The 6-speed automatic, which includes paddle shifters for manual operation, kicks down quickly for passing, and it delivers respectable acceleration performance. Land Rover quotes a 0 to 60 mph time of 7.1 seconds.
Evoque's small size and light weight (by class standards) adds up to a decent power-to-weight ratio and respectable fuel economy ratings: 20/28 mpg City/Highway.
Evoque stands out in its class for its off-road capability. With a sophisticated Terrain Response system, a full-time four-wheel drive system, good ground clearance, and a short wheelbase, the Evoque can tackle some pretty tough off-road terrain. Most of the others in this class have no off-road pretensions whatsoever, though they can handle primitive roads. Evoque's off-road capability sustains Land Rover's tradition of exceptional go-anywhere proficiency, an area of performance that its competitors lack.
Evoque was launched as a 2012 model. For 2013, Evoque adds a new base model called Pure. 2013 Range Rover Evoque models also offer a new Park Assist automated parking feature, off-road navigation information, and a new black Land Rover logo in the grille. The contrasting roof color can also be selected as a stand-alone option on 2013 Evoque models.
The 2013 Range Rover Evoque lineup offers a choice of trim levels. The Evoque five-door comes in Pure, Pure Plus, Pure Premium, Dynamic, and Prestige trim levels. The Evoque coupe is offered in Pure Plus, Pure Premium, and Dynamic trim.
The Evoque Pure five-door ($41,145) comes standard with leather and synthetic suede upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, rearview camera, configurable ambient lighting, Bluetooth cell phone link and streaming audio, 11-speaker Meridian AM/FM/CD audio system, two USB ports, and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Evoque Pure Plus five-door ($43,145) and Pure Plus coupe ($44,145) upgrade to leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, front LED fog lights, high-pressure headlight power washers, universal garage door opener, power adjustable lumbar support, memory for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors, and a rear center armrest with cupholders.
The Evoque Pure Premium five-door ($47,345) and Pure Premium coupe ($48,745) get adaptive xenon headlamps with LED signature lighting, automatic headlamp leveling and automatic high beam assist, Surround Camera System, 825-watt Meridian Surround Sound System with 17 speakers, navigation system with off-road maps, hard-drive audio file storage and playback, keyless access and starting, and cargo area luggage rails.
The Evoque Dynamic five-door ($50,845) and Dynamic coupe ($52,245) come with unique 19-inch alloy wheels, sport exhaust pipe, rear skid plate, pedal finisher kit, Ebony Oxford leather-wrapped steering wheel with perforated palm grips, leather seats with perforated leather inserts, contrasting twin needle stitching on seats and dash, and unique textured aluminum interior trim.
The Evoque Prestige five-door ($51,745) features 8-way power driver and 6-way power passenger seats, aluminum metal interior trim, premium carpet mats with leather binding, and Oxford leather with twin needle stitching on seats, fascia panel, door tops and center console lid. (All New Car Test Drive prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices, which do not include destination charge and may change at any time without notice.)
Options include the Vision Assist Package ($1,900) with Blind Spot Monitoring, Surround Camera System, and adaptive xenon headlamps with LED signature lighting, automatic headlamp leveling and automatic high beam assist. A Climate Package ($1,000) adds heated windshield with heated windshield washer jets, heated steering wheel, and heated front seats. The MagneRide automatic damping system costs $1,250, and the Advanced Park Assist self-parking system runs $600. Other options include satellite and HD radio ($750), rear DVD entertainment ($2,500), ebony headliner ($275), and two types of 20-inch wheels ($2,000 or $2,500).
Safety equipment standard on all Evoque models includes dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control with Trailer Stability Assist and Roll Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control, and front and rear park assist.