The smash-hit baby Rangie. The Evoque is a Range Rover for fashionistas, famously designed with guidance from Victoria Beckham, and how it’s turned out to the posh SUV to be seen in. There’s a coupe-ish three-door or a more practical (and much better selling) five-door, should you have children to deposit at a private school. It’s recently been facelifted. Honest. Yes, visual changes are minor but there is a welcome boost under the bonnet – JLR’s ace 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel
EXTERIORS AND LOOKS
The first impressions of the SUV are stately; Evoque is among the most popular models in Land Rover’s range in India. Fortunately what works in the favour of the SUV is an appealing outer mask which easily comes out as a strong attribute as against rivals like BMW X3 and Audi Q5. Design is clean and absolutely classy, clearly ruling out any room for a gawky touch. The dual tone exterior colour theme featuring contrast roof looks visually appealing and lends the SUV a character of its own. Bonnet is short and wide featuring two subtle lines. Bumper in front is wide and assertive featuring black finished honey comb radiator grille placed between the sleek xenon head lights with signature LED lighting. The lower part of the bumper is where the most of the styling is done, lower bumper gets a brief grille and prominent fog lamp housings on either side. A hint of silver is seen on the lower side of the bumper along with a thin layer of body cladding. Fenders are pronounced and yet it doesn’t look awkward. Sparkle silver alloy rims are mounted on all four tyres. Character lines are sharp on sides, wing mirrors are painted in black and door handles are coloured in body paint. Wing mirrors feature power folding and power adjusting functions. Parking aid is provided in front and rear with rear camera including hitching guidance. There is a surround camera too but it is available on the top spec trims only. Wind screen gets rain sensing wipers. Rear is marked by integrated spoiler and lean tail lamps. Trunk lid gets a hint of chrome, dual chrome tail pipes and reflectors sum up the rear styling. Roof gets narrower towards the rear which appears absolutely delightful. Mud flaps are provided both in front as well as rear.
INTERIORS AND SPACE
Step inside the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and you’ll find a passenger cabin that looks great but is really meant for two people, not five. Front seats offer good comfort and support, and the heated and ventilated versions are a boon in climate extremes. The rear seats are another matter entirely, however, as the sloping roofline reduces headroom dramatically. Getting in and out of that backseat can also be a challenge, especially in the two-door coupe and convertible models. Finally, the narrow side and rear windows conspire to impede visibility, making the available 360-degree camera system a valuable tool for maneuvering in tight quarters.
The Range Rover Evoque’s stylish exterior is carried over inside the cabin with a sleek, logical control layout and quality materials throughout. The good-sized 8-inch touchscreen in the center of the dash looks great, but it can be a little slow to respond to inputs compared to competing systems. The convertible’s new 10.2-inch display is a big improvement thanks to both its larger screen and its greater computing power. The infotainment system’s InControl Apps suite that allows apps on a connected smartphone to be accessed from the in-dash touchscreen is another plus, as are the remote control features that allow you to lock and unlock doors, start the engine and adjust the climate control from your smartphone’s screen.
Last but not least is the Evoque’s cargo capacity, which is diminished due to that down-swept roofline. The four-door hatchback offers just 20.3 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats and 51 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down. While these numbers are suitable for adventure getaways for two people, they fall short compared to the cargo holds offered by compact crossover competitors such as the BMW X3.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
Land Rover was touting an “all-new” lineup of engines when teasing the new Evoque, but as expected, the U.S. is left out in the cold with this update. We continue to get the same old 2.0-liter engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque to a nine-speed auto transmission. With all four wheels getting power, the Evoque is able to sprint to 60 mph in an acceptable 7.1 seconds and on to a 135 mph top speed.
The all-new engines are limited to Europe, and they include two TD4 diesel engines, one good for 150 PS and the other 180 PS. Land Rover states that they weigh 20 to 30 kg less than the last diesel engines.
So, this “big update” for the Evoque amounts to a new look and an updated cabin for the U.S. I guess that works for now, but the model will soon need an updated drivetrain to keep pace with its competition. I know that Land Rover claims that there will be no SVR version of the Evoque, but I have a feeling that the market may force its hand to build a true performance model.
Usually people don’t expect much from an SUV in terms of dynamics but the Range Rover Evoque is an exception. The ride and handling balance is good and the baby Range Rover is quite versatile when it comes to different terrains. It has the famous terrain response system and it can indulge in hardcore off-road sessions without a sweat. However, most buyers won’t take this beauty off the road but don’t worry, it’s equally fun on the road as well. The body roll is very well controlled for SUV standards and it feels eager to push hard around the bends. It maintains its composure and doesn’t feel floaty while cornering. At the same time, the suspension does a good job of soaking bumps be it high speeds or crawling speeds. The high profile tyres cushion the ride very well and offer decent grip too at their limits. Stopping performance comes from all four ventilated discs and as expected the 2 tonne SUV comes to a halt without any drama.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
The Evoque gets seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, while stability control, hill-hold assist (which brakes the car automatically for a few moments to prevent you rolling backwards when pulling away on a hill), and tyre-pressure monitoring are standard. You even get trailer stability assist, which uses the car’s stability control systems to automatically help correct a trailer if it starts to weave.
However, despite a five-star Euro NCAP overall rating, the Evoque didn’t do as well on adult, child and pedestrian protection as some of its rivals. In particular, it lost points for providing only average whiplash protection in rear-end shunts, and also for not displaying clearly enough whether the passenger airbag was switched on or off, or the dangers of using rear-facing child-seats without first switching off the appropriate airbag.
All Evoque models come with lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking that works at motorway speeds as well as around town. Blind-spot warning is standard on the range-topping trims, and optional on all others. Traffic sign recognition – which displays the speed limit on the driver’s display – is also available as an option on all but Dynamic Lux and Autobiography trims, which get it as standard.
The Evoque, when compared to the other luxury SUVs, is a model you’d love to be seen in. It’s simply got a glamour quotient few other SUVs can match. But there’s so much more to it than just its dramatic shape. It delivers the full Range Rover experience complete with the luxurious cabin, good all-round comfort and proven off-road ability. That it now costs less than before has just made it all the more tempting. As is, the sexy Evoque remains the SUV of choice for the style conscious — the slightly indecisive gearbox notwithstanding.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 42,37,000/- (Range Rover Evoque 2.0l Diesel Pure) to 56,97,000/- (Range Rover Evoque 2.0l Diesel HSE Dynamic) .Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has 6 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes in 6 colours, namely Corris Grey-metallic,Loire Blue,Indus Silver,Fuji White,Firenze Red,Santorini Black