Test Drive: 2013 Range Rover Evoque Review

Jerry Reynolds | April 11, 2013
Test Drive: 2013 Range Rover Evoque Review

I reviewed the 2012 Range Rover Evoque almost two years ago, before it actually came out. This week brings the 2013 model, with a new package, a new grill, and more options. I have the 5-door, but there is also a 2-door offering and a new “pure” package for those who do not want a super-loaded compact luxury SUV.

At a glance, you know you are looking at a Rover Evoque. It has the most unique lines of any SUV on the road. The 2013 Range Rover Evoque is also one of the lightest SUVs out there, which gives it a certain nimbleness that most can’t offer.

Under the hood you get the 240-horse 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and it comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The combination moves the Evoque quite well, much like the Ford Ecoboost engine, and it delivers good fuel economy.

The interior is beautiful, my tester has a very light gray leather interior that is clearly more stylish than the standard designs found in most other luxury crossover interiors.

You immediately notice the "floating" center stack and the round, pop-up gear selector that has become very popular on Jaguars. The standard 8-inch central touchscreen controls almost all of infotainment and climate control functions and is easy enough to understand right off the bat. The appearance of the dash, particularly the center stack and console, is luxurious and modern.

The Evoque's rear-sloping roof line is a standout feature for sure, but does cut down on backseat headroom. The styling does cut down on the rear windows' size, but somehow the visibility seems fine. The Evoque's styling also affects cargo capacity. The maximum of 51 cubic feet of cargo space trails just about all competitors by a wide margin. Front seat legroom is terrific, but if there is a tall person in the front, back seat legroom becomes tight.

Equipment is abundant in this Prestige Premium package. It is a $10,000 add-on, but you get alloy wheels: 19" x 8.0"; Luxury Exterior Design Package: Atlas badging, grille, side vents & tailgate strip; Satin Brushed Aluminum Waist-line Finisher; Wood & leather trim; Premium Carpet Mats with leather binding; Choice of Five Interior Color Themes; Premium Oxford leather w/ twin needle stitching on seats, facia panel, door tops & center console lid; Chrome/bright trim around windshield; Driver front seat with 8-way power height, front passenger seat front seat with 6-way power adjustment.

On all Evoques, you get a power liftgate, 380-watt Meridian sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, seven standard airbags, and Rover’s terrific Terrain response system, and rearview camera. One neat new feature for those people who like to go off-road, is an off-road navigation system. This is significant because most navigation systems go offline when you leave the road. It also has a huge panoramic sunroof.

Although small, the Evoque is pure Range Rover. From the luxurious interior to the all-wheel drive system, if you have ever had a Rover, you know this is a compact version of the larger ones.

What I liked most: Exterior looks and interior features.

What I would change: It has just a little too much road noise, but is tolerable.

MSRP: $41,145 base price, $54,138 as equipped.

Fuel Economy: Rated at 20 City and 28 Highway.

Warranty: 4 year/50,000 bumper-to-bumper, and roadside assistance.

2013 Range Rover Evoque in a few words: It is small, but ALL Rover all the way!

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