When I first saw the picture of the Range Rover Evoque, I thought to myself “another cool concept vehicle we’ll never see”. As time passed, even with Ford selling Land Rover to Tata Motors, it became clear the Evoque was going to come to fruition and ‘lo and behold, here it is with yours truly reviewing it.
It has been a while since I drove something that got so many stares. It is similar to some of the other “different” looking vehicles out there today, and it seems to be a real love it or hate it exterior. No matter what you think of the outside, everyone agrees the Range Rover Evoque has a drop-dead gorgeous, knock your socks off interior. Being a Rover fan and owner for many years, I expected a great interior and this one may be the nicest ever.
My test vehicle is Baltic Blue and is the 4-door model, although it comes in a coupe model which is extremely attractive. The entire roof is white to help keep the interior cooler and this model has the panoramic sunroof, which covers 90% of the entire roof surface. The glass is fixed, but an electric cover shuts off all sunlight access.
The roof line of Evoque slopes down toward the rear of the vehicle and that catches your eye right off the bat. At a glance, something doesn’t look just right, but make NO mistake-you look-to figure out what is different. 20” alloy wheels add to the muscular look of this 5-passenger SUV.
Under the hood, we have a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged variant of the popular Ecoboost from Ford. It produces 240-horses and is combined with a six-speed automatic transmission. Evoque has a ton of safety features including 7 airbags inside, one of them for the driver’s knees.
The list of standard features is impressive and includes steering wheel controls, dual power seats, ambient lighting inside that you can choose from five colors, push button start, the glass roof, and power tailgate. In addition, you get keyless entry, a 380-watt stereo, Bluetooth connection, and an 8” color touchscreen monitor that is awesome.
My test car has the Premium package, which is $7500 but you get a rear spoiler, sport exhaust tips, a wonderful navigation system, Xenon headlights, and an upgraded stereo putting out 825-watts through 17 speakers. For another $2500, you can get the DVD player with monitors in both the front headrests. The 20” wheels add another $2000. As you can see, you can run the price up on one of these rather quickly.
The ride and drive of the Evoque is AWESOME. It handles great, it rides really well, and is super quiet. Everything is easy to operate and it is a real joy behind the wheel.
Evoque is not for everyone and I have been in a few debates on who will buy this SUV. My guess is people looking at the BMW X3, the Audi Q5, and even Cadillac SRX. It will be those people who instantly like the exterior and then once they are inside, they will fall deeply in love with the Evoque.
Over 2000 people put up a deposit for the new Evoque before the first one was ever built, and it’s easy to see why!
What I liked most: The interior, and the ride and drive.
What I would change: Nothing I can think of, it’s a sweet ride.
MSRP: $56,670 as equipped, base price is $41,145.
Fuel Economy: An impressive 20 city and 29 highway.
2012 Evoque in a few words: I really like this SUV, Rover has a winner here.Tags: Range Rover Evoque