The All New Range Rover Evoque – A Review
“In the company of many swanky small SUVs, the Range Rover Evoque is a true style icon”
The Range Rover Evoque is a compact SUV with an upmarket interior and more off-road ability than you’ll probably ever need. If you want a style icon, then look no further, with its high-tech interior and the ability to drive further off-road than the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X2 and Volvo XC40. Its Terrain Response 2 system can automatically tailor the car’s four-wheel drive setup to suit the surface you’re driving on; it also has more ground clearance than most rivals and can wade through an impressive 600mm of water (150mm more than an XC40).
This all-new model features some of the fanciest tech of any small SUV, too. From the side view, the new model looks very similar to the old Range Rover Evoque –but the front view has received a fresh and edgy facelift: with headlights and flush fitting door handles borrowed the award-winning – Range Rover Velar – as well as some tasty copper-coloured details in high-spec R-Dynamic guise.
It might look similar to its predecessor on the outside, but the latest Range Rover Evoque’s cabin is a feast of high-tech features: Go for a top-spec model and you get three infotainment displays including a digital driver’s display and a screen on the centre console that’s exclusively for controlling the heating and ventilation.
The whole system’s pretty easy to use and it can even learn where you want your seat positioned, how warm you want the cabin and even whether you prefer a gentle or heavy-handed seat massage. Very impressive.
These high-tech headline-grabbing features don’t come as standard, but at least entry-level cars do come with a single 10-inch screen, some slick aluminium trims and mood lighting.
You do have to pay extra for leather seats, but you can choose to trim your Evoque’s cabin with upholstery made with a Eucalyptus-based fabric instead. It’s kinder to the environment and will doubtless score you plenty of (dairy-free) brownie points from any vegan passengers.
Although the Evoque is still small by Range Rover standards, this latest version is actually bigger in the back than its predecessor, thanks to its longer wheelbase, making it one of the roomiest family SUVs when it comes to both rear head and leg room — the XC40 has more of the latter, but not by much, and the Evoque's rear seats are better shaped. Its relatively broad interior should also make carrying three adults in the back less of a squeeze than it is in many rivals.
If safety and security are two of your key concerns when buying a car, the Evoque earned the maximum five-star rating when it was crash tested by independent safety experts Euro NCAP, bettering the Audi's child occupant protection score and matching the Volvo in this area. There’s plenty of technology on hand to prevent you having a crash in the first place, too, including city emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and a system that alerts the driver if he or she if is becoming tired. Blindspot monitoring is optional on most trims and standard on the range-topping HSE.
In the company of many swanky small SUVs, the Range Rover Evoque is one of the most stylish. And, it comes with some seriously impressive in-car tech, too. Worth a check-out. The Range Rover Evoque starts at €42,845.
Call Conlans Landrover on 045 455 900 for a test drive.
Siobhan Warfield-Beattie, Group Marketing Manager.