By Kristin Shaw
The Evoque, launched in 2011 for purchase, is Land Rover’s second-newest vehicle; the Velar was introduced in 2017. The brand is known for its elegance and luxury – after all, the Queen of England is often spotted in her Range Rover. But it also has a reputation for being a bit of a prima donna, and people often ask me if my two Land Rovers are difficult to maintain.
We have a 2000 Range Rover in the P38 body style, sleek and sturdy; we also have a 2013 LR4, which apparently is in high demand, because we have had two offers to buy it. My experience, honestly, is that it’s not any more difficult to maintain a Land Rover than it is any other brand. In our favor, we have found a dynamite Land Rover master mechanic with his own shop just east of Austin. The moral of this story is to get you a good mechanic and treat him or her very well.
When I drove the Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE at the Heels and Wheels event in Santa Monica, I had a chance to meet Maria Rodriguez from Jaguar Land Rover in the process. Maria earned a degree in automotive technology from Morrisville State and went on to get her master’s degree in PR. That is an unusual educational combination, and her technical knowledge paired with her outgoing personality blew me away. This is the kind of woman you want to know when you want to know about cars. Her presence made the Evoque even more impressive than the vehicle itself, and we really liked the Evoque, too.
NEED-TO-KNOW DETAILS: EVOQUE
- This vehicle is in its second generation and is a four-door, five-passenger subcompact SUV
- New for 2020 are retractable door handles that extend out when the car is unlocked, and sit flush with the body when locked or moving
- Cargo space is equal to 22 cubic feet of space behind the second row
- MPG: 23 mpg combined/21 city/26 highway
- Dual 10-inch high-definition touchscreens
- 10-speaker Meridian audio setup
- Wi-Fi hotspot
DRIVE AND HANDLING
Comes standard with all wheel drive, All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), ABS, and traction control.
- The Evoque includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a ZF 9-speed automatic transmission.
- Electric power assisted steering
- Dynamic stability control
- Electronic traction control
- Roll stability control
- Electric parking brake
All of these features are standard on the Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic HSE:
- Customer configurable autolock
- Power operated child locks
- Seat belt reminder
- Passive front headrests, which are designed to provide maximum protection in the event of a collision
- Rear LATCH system
- Push button start
- Brake pad wear indicator alerts you when you need to replace your brake pads
- Emergency Brake Assist maximizes stopping performance, boosting the brake pressure through the ABS pump to ensure you stop in time
- Emergency Stop Signal system automatically activates hazard warning lights during emergency braking
- Comprehensive system of eight airbags including driver, passenger, side curtain, knee, and thorax airbags.
CLEARSIGHT INTERIOR REAR VIEW MIRROR
ClearSight is a camera-based rear-view mirror that allows the driver to see out of the back of the Evoque when the passenger seats or back cargo space are full, making it difficult to see. By placing the camera on top of the roof inside the shark-fin antenna (brilliant!), it’s less likely to accumulate road grime and is angled to avoid glare. A hydrophobic coating keeps water from collecting on the lens and distorting the view.
- 18” split-spoke, Gloss Sparkle Silver wheels
- 10-way power front seats
- Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter – when activated, it uses information to adjust the speed of your vehicle accordingly
- Black gearshift paddles
- S (Base model)
- R-Dynamic S
- R-Dynamic SE
- R-Dynamic HSE
- First Edition
The horsepower is bumped up to 296 from 246, when you choose any of the Dynamic trim levels. Land Rover calls its hybrid system P300 and the standard system P250.
The starting price is $42,650 MSRP for the Range Rover Evoque, and ranges up to $56,850 for the base First Edition trim package.
- Fuji White
- Narvik Black
- Indus SIlver
- Firenze Red
- Santorini Black
- Kaikoura Stone
- Yulong White
- Seoul Pearl Silver
- Eiger Grey
- Carpathian Grey
- Silicon Silver
Windsor leather seat trim in Ebony, Cloud/Ebony, or Eclipse/Ebony
FEATURES WE LOVE
- Safety features, including Lane Keep Assist
- Auto-dimming, power-fold, heated side mirrors with approach lights
- Bright metal pedals
- Heated rear window with timer
- Luxurious-feeling interior
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
- Like many of the Land Rovers I know and love, the fuel economy is not great. Luxury comes at a price at the gas tank, in this case.
- If it’s cargo space you want, this may not be the vehicle for you. The Evoque has 21.5 cubic feet of space behind the second -row seats and 50.5 cubic feet with the seats folded down. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar or the Jaguar E-Pace each offer more room.
OPTIONS A LA CARTE
- Cold climate convenience pack: heated windshield, heated washer jets, heated steering wheel
- Sirius XM Satellite radio and HD radio
- 360 Surround camera, which uses four digital cameras that are functionally located around the vehicle, providing a 360-degree bird’s-eye view on the touchscreen.
CARS HER WAY EXCLUSIVE RATING
IF THIS VEHICLE WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE
Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” was released in 2011, the first year of the Evoque. The driving beat and fanciful images match the ethereal beauty of the Land Rover brand.
My mama told me when I was young
We are all born superstars