2015 Range Rover Evoque New Car Test Drive
The Range Rover Evoque stuffs Land Rover's legendary off-road capability and Range Rover's style into a subcompact SUV. Evoque's wide cabin means there's plenty of space for driver and front-seat passenger, with room in the rear for two more. A turbocharged engine delivers a good balance between responsiveness and fuel economy, enhanced by a 9-speed automatic transmission. The diminutive exterior dimensions of the Range Rover Evoque make it easy to park and maneuver in the big city or off road.
For 2015, two new limited-edition Autobiography versions have been added to the lineup. Both include 20-inch forged alloy wheels and premium leather interior detailing. The
Autobiography uses the standard 240-hp engine; the Autobiography Dynamic gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine rated at 285 horsepower.
Also for 2015, Reverse Traffic Detection has been added to the Blind Spot Monitor, which comes standard on upper-level models. Perpendicular Park has been added to the available Advanced Park Assist system for 2015. A new convenience package includes Smart Key passive keyless entry and hard-disc navigation, with off-road navigation and intuitive voice control.
The 2015 Range Rover Evoque is in the same class as the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, and Audi Q3. These subcompact sport-utility vehicles are smaller than compact SUVs such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Audi Q5, Acura RDX, and Volvo XC60.
Evoque is wider than most compact and subcompact SUVs, however, resulting in a broad cabin and appearance. Evoque's width and low roofline contribute to its athletic look and aggressive stance.
Though quite small, Evoque delivers cargo versatility with a hatchback design. Fold the rear seatbacks forward and cargo capacity expands to a useful 51 cubic feet. Small size makes the subcompact SUVs easy to park.
The Range Rover Evoque comes in two body styles: a five-door and a three-door coupe. The five-door is more practical and less expensive, and vastly more popular, though both are essentially the same size. The paint palette includes hues and two-tone schemes of sufficient variety to make Mini Cooper owners jealous.
Evoque employs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine allied with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated for 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. We found the turbocharged engine works very well, with performance similar to a Range Rover V6. The 9-speed automatic, which includes paddle shifters for manual operation, kicks down quickly for passing, and it delivers respectable acceleration. Expect 0-60 mph in the low-7-second range.
Evoque's low mass and sophisticated powerplant add up to a decent power-to-weight ratio and respectable EPA fuel-economy ratings: 21/30 mpg City/Highway.
Evoque stands out in its class for its off-road capability. With a sophisticated Terrain Response system, all-wheel drive, good ground clearance, and a short wheelbase, the Evoque can tackle tough off-road terrain. Most Evoque competitors have no off-road pretensions whatsoever, though they can handle primitive roads. Evoque's off-road pedigree follows Land Rover's tradition of go-anywhere proficiency and broad capability.
Range Rover Evoque models offer a Park Exit feature to get you out of parallel parking spots, adaptive cruise control with forward warning and collision mitigation braking, and an active driveline that does not use all-wheel drive at speeds above 22 mph unless needed.
The 2015 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 ($41,100) comes standard with leather and synthetic suede upholstery, 10-way driver and 8-way passenger power seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors with memory, remote keyless entry, pushbutton start, intelligent start/stop, rearview camera with tow-hitch assist, front/rear park distance control, configurable ambient lighting, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth cell phone link and streaming audio, 11-speaker 380-watt Meridian AM/FM/CD audio system, two USB ports, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Evoque Pure Plus five-door ($44,100) and Pure Plus coupe ($45,100) upgrade to leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, front LED fog lights, high-pressure headlight power washers, HomeLink universal garage door opener, power-adjustable lumbar support, memory for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors, a rear center armrest with cupholders, power tailgate, and 19-inch wheels.
The Evoque Pure Premium five-door ($48,900) and Pure Premium coupe ($49,900) get adaptive xenon headlamps with LED signature lighting, automatic headlamp leveling and automatic high beam assist, five-camera Surround Camera System, 825-watt Meridian Surround Sound System with 17 speakers, navigation system with off-road maps, Blind Spot Monitoring with Closing Vehicle Sensor and Reverse Traffic Detection, hard-drive audio file storage and playback, keyless access and starting, and cargo area luggage rails.
The Evoque Dynamic five-door ($56,600) and Dynamic coupe ($57,600) come with unique 20-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. A Climate and Comfort package includes heated front seats. Advanced Parking Assist includes Perpendicular Park.
The Evoque Prestige five-door ($55,700) features 8-way power driver and 6-way power passenger seats, heated/cooled front 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. SiriusXM and HD radio also is included. (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.)
The Autobiography edition features 20-inch forged alloy wheels and premium leather interior details, with the standard 240-hp engine. The Autobiography Dynamic model gets an upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, developing 285 horsepower, and a chassis tuned for sharper handling.
An optional Vision Assist Package ($2,250) for the Pure Plus includes Blind Spot Monitoring, Reverse Traffic Detection, Surround Camera System, and adaptive xenon headlamps with LED signature lighting, automatic headlamp leveling and automatic high beam assist. A Climate Comfort Package ($1,300) adds a heated windshield with heated windshield washer jets, heated steering wheel, and heated seats. Other options include SiriusXM satellite and HD radio ($750), ebony headliner ($275), paint finishes, roof treatments and wheels. A Convenience Package ($2,150) includes passive keyless entry and a hard-disc navigation system with 4×4 information.
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.