Range Rover Evoque – Fantastic looks, fast and agile, eye-popping price
18 Jan 2015

Range Rover Evoque – Fantastic looks, fast and agile, eye-popping price

The Range Rover Evoque is without a doubt the world’s best-looking crossover inside and out. Evoque drives as good as it looks and can go-anywhere.

18 Jan 2015

The 2015 Range Rover Evoque is without a doubt the world’s best-looking crossover inside and out.  Evoque drives as good as it looks and can go-anywhere.

As-Tested

Make: Land Rover
Model: Range Rover Evoque
Model Year: 2015
MSRP: $60,470
Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, 9-speed manu-matic transmission.  AWD with selectable drive modes.

We Liked

  • Classy style,  great looks inside and out
  • Quick and Agile
  • Safety

We Didn’t

  • Abrupt shifts for such an expensive car
  • Premium fuel

Range Rover Evoque

Let’s face it.  Our first attraction to something is often looks, not what’s under the skin.  The Range Rover Evoque is one of those vehicles that you just love to look at.  There is one in a parking lot I often walk through.  For two years I looked forward seeing it.  It is that great looking.  Although the design has been on the market a few years, it has staying power.  This is an iconic design and it is aging very well.

Range Rover Evoque
The Evoque has no bad side.  It looks just as good from the back.  Although this Evoque is the more practical 4-door, it still has that great coupe look of its sibling 2-door model.  The sloping rear roofline works so well on this vehicle it is hard to even look at some of the more pedestrian crossovers that come off frumpy.

Range Rover Evoque

The Evoque has the ability to look classy and tough at the same time.  Notice how Range Rover hid the rear wiper up under the rear wing.  The Lexus RX 350 does this too.  Why don’t all crossovers?  Money is the reason.  It is a tad more expensive.  Yet it is so worth it.  The dual trapezoidal exhaust tips are canted to meet the rear fender’s curve line.  The  rear diffuser is piano gloss.  The large print on the tail says Range Rover.  Is this a “real” Range Rover?  The answer is a definitive YES.

2015 Range Rover Evoque

Inside the Evoque continues to stand out.  The design of the interior alone is notable.  It is simple, elegant, and seems almost timeless.  Many automakers are trying way too hard to appear “modern.”  The Evoque is, and it doesn’t seem bothered by the effort.  The infotainment system works very well and doesn’t try your patience.  Note the large easy to use knobs for climate control.

2015 Range Rover Evoque

One of my favorite parts of the interior was the center tunnel where the PRNDS and cup holders reside.  The cover of the cup holders is a piano gloss component that retracts and then hides.  It makes the cabin look great and is functional.  I don’t miss a shifter either.  The rotary knob frees up space.

Range Rover Evoque

The Evoque’s seats look, feel and smell fantastic.  The leather is perforated, the seats heated and cooled.  The seat heaters are almost hot.  They are quick, and coupled with the heated steering wheel make the car very comfortable.

Range Rover Evoque

The Evoque’s engine is a small 2-liter turbo, but it seems larger.  The engine is more than willing.  Like a great sports sedan the Evoque has more power than it needs and it presents the power.  It encourages you to drive hard.  The 9-speed transmission was abrupt at times, but some may see that as sporting.  There are selectable drive modes with cool icons.  A snowflake.  A cactus, A winding road.  A hill.  Easy to understand and even easier to put to use.

Range Rover Evoque

I liked that the Evoque was a 2+2 or 2+3 seat vehicle.  Does everything have to be huge?  I say no.  The seats were fine for my teen boys on short trips and the rear doors make it more practical than the coupe.

Range Rover Evoque

The rear cargo area is compact.  Perfect for shopping or even a hockey bag.  You could fit two or three large golf bags in back without dropping a seat forward.  That said, if you want utility, there are larger Rovers or other vehicles on the market better suited to hauling home Christmas trees.

Range Rover Evoque

My Evoque came with 20″ wheels and was wearing Blizzak winter tires.  On the second day of testing it iced.  By that I meant water fell fromthe sky and became solid ice on every road surface.  The Evoque handled this with such ease it was comical.  The car simply did not slip.  On day four, it rained two inches in about four hours.  Flooding closed streets.  The Evoque can handle almost two feet of standing water.  I’m not telling you what the spec-page says.  Rather, I am telling you that I know first-hand the Evoque can handle nearly two feet of standing water.  Last summer I had the pleasure of taking a Range Rover Evoque off-road on a Land Rover designed course after having been shown the basics in a Mercedes G-Wagon.  Although the Evoque looks dapper, and handles like a sports sedan, it truly is a go-anywhere vehicle.  In fact, its compact size makes it even better off-road than some larger vehicles that appear more capable.

Conclusion:

The 2015 Range Rover Evoque is unique.   It is a sports sedan.  It is a compact sport utility vehicle.  It is an off-road vehicle.  It also costs as much as all three.  At $60K, my test vehicle seemed to be out of reach for most.  However, shouldn’t there be a vehicle that does it all despite the cost?  If you answer yes, you should try the Evoque.

 

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