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7.8

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Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.9
Safety: N/A
Reliability: TBD

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is lively on the pavement and agile on back-country trails. Its handsome cabin boasts high-class materials, but a few unrefined elements relegate this luxury subcompact SUV to the middle of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Sophisticated cabin
  • Robust engines
  • Excellent off-road abilities
  • Athletic handling
  • Unrefined transmission
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Small cargo area in convertible models
  • Pricier than competitors

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque a Good SUV?

The Range Rover Evoque is a good luxury subcompact SUV. With its athletic handling and rugged off-road capability, you can traverse almost any type of terrain. The Evoque is posh and sophisticated on the inside. It's also quite comfortable, so long as you sit in the front. Not every area of this Land Rover is refined, however. For example, the transmission can be slow to find the right gear. That’s not the case if you use the standard paddle shifters, which make the transmission more responsive.

The Evoque is currently the only luxury SUV available as a convertible. While most Evoque models have four doors and a fixed roof, some have two doors and a z-folding soft top. A downside to the convertible model is its small, hard-to-access cargo area.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

You should buy the Range Rover Evoque if driving enjoyment is a top priority for you. This luxury subcompact SUV delivers sporty on-road performance, and it’s one of the most capable off-roaders in its class. The Evoque is also a good pick if you enjoy driving with the top down, since it's one of the very few SUVs that's available as a convertible.

The Evoque is more expensive than most of its class competitors, and there are higher-ranking alternatives. The BMW X1, for instance, has athletic handling and a peppy engine. It’s a better fit for many households, partly because it has a larger back seat and more cargo space than the Evoque. Another alternative is the Volvo XC40. In addition to animated performance, the XC40 has state-of-the-art technology, including an available semiautonomous driving system that can operate the steering, throttle, and brakes for short stints.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

Land Rover made a few updates to the Evoque since its launch for 2012. You could save money by shopping for an older edition, but it’s good to keep these changes in mind as you’re shopping. Land Rover revamped the infotainment system for 2016, giving it more features and slightly quicker response times. The automaker also introduced the convertible body style for 2017. And for 2018, the sluggish base engine was replaced with a livelier four-cylinder engine. An optional engine with more horsepower was also added.

We Did the Research for You: 45 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Evoque in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 45 professional Land Rover Range Rover Evoque reviews.

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How Much Does the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Cost?

The Range Rover Evoque is one of the most expensive models in our luxury subcompact SUV ranking. Prices range from $41,800 for the base Evoque SE to $65,600 for the range-topping Autobiography Dynamic. It's also available as a two-door convertible, with prices starting at $52,100 for a soft-top model. You can view details on all of the Evoque trim levels in our Which Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque or Land Rover Discovery Sport?

If the Range Rover Evoque isn't quite spacious enough for you, consider stepping up to one of Land Rover's larger SUVs. The Land Rover Discovery Sport gives rear-seat passengers an extra 4.5 inches of legroom and enough cargo space to carry about a dozen more grocery bags than the Evoque. Though it is roomier than the Evoque, the Discovery Sport has a lower starting price by about $4,000. Because it is a larger SUV, however, the Discover Sport loses out on some of the Evoque's sprightly handling.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque or Land Rover Range Rover Velar?

If you can afford its $50,000 starting price, the Range Rover Velar is worth a look. This newest addition to the Land Rover family corrects a couple of the Evoque’s shortcomings. First, the Velar feels more polished from behind the wheel, from its refined gearbox to its smooth and quiet ride. The Velar also debuts Land Rover's latest infotainment system. Reviewers who have tested the older interface say this new system is a vast improvement.

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Range Rover Evoque Interior

How Many People Does the Range Rover Evoque Seat?

The standard Evoque has seating for five, and the convertible is a four-seat SUV. The seats are comfortable up front, with 12-way power adjustments to set the perfect traveling position. Rear seating quarters are cramped, though that's common for a crossover SUV this petite. Crawling into the back seat of the two-door model can be awkward. A few reviewers note that the cabin can get loud for a vehicle at this price point.

Range Rover Evoque and Car Seats

The Evoque has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard seats. The four-door body style comes with an additional tether anchor for the middle seat.

Range Rover Evoque Interior Quality

With the Range Rover Evoque, you won't have to sacrifice a high-quality interior to have a capable off-roader. The cabin's design is elegant, both for its simplicity and its high-end materials. Grained leather seats, soft-touch doors and trim, and brush aluminum are among its highlights.

Range Rover Evoque Cargo Space

The four-door Evoque has 20.3 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 51 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That's about average for a luxury subcompact SUV. In the convertible, cargo space drops down significantly to 8.9 cubic feet.

Range Rover Evoque Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Technology in the Evoque is reasonably straightforward, both in terms of the infotainment interface and the layout of the controls. The InControl Touch system comes with navigation, and it integrates a handful of apps with your smartphone. Still, it's nowhere near as convenient or functional as having Apple CarPlay, which isn't available in the Evoque. One upgrade that audiophiles will undoubtedly want to consider is the Meridian surround-sound system, which is equipped with either 13 or 17 speakers, plus a subwoofer.

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Range Rover Evoque Performance

Range Rover Evoque Engine: Exuberant  

The good news is that both of the Evoque's turbocharged engines accelerate enthusiastically with very little turbo lag. Most drivers will find the base 237-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to be more than adequate. On select editions, you can upgrade to a 286-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder for $3,000. Each comes with a nine-speed transmission that can struggle to find the right gear. Using the standard paddle shifters makes the transmission more responsive though.

Range Rover Evoque Gas Mileage: Below Class Average

The trade-off for the Evoque's robust engine power is mediocre fuel economy. At just 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, this is one of the least efficient SUVs in its class. Gas mileage drops by 1 mpg in the city if you opt for the more powerful four-cylinder.

Range Rover Evoque Ride and Handling: On the Sporty Side

The Range Rover Evoque offers a more athletic on-road ride than most of its kin, thanks in part to its responsive steering and strong brakes. The suspension is well-tuned to maintain composure on curvy roads without feeling too stiff on the highway, though some will find the ride to be too firm.

Range Rover Evoque Off-Road Performance

The Evoque is a capable off-roading SUV. It comes standard with four-wheel drive, hill descent control, and All-Terrain Progress Control, which is like a low-speed cruise-control system for off-roading. You can adjust the Terrain Response settings to match your landscape, with General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, and Sand modes.

Range Rover Evoque Dimensions and Weight

Both body styles of the Evoque are 14.3 feet long. Curb weight values range from about 3,900 to 4,400 pounds.

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Range Rover Evoque Reliability

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Reliable?

As of the date of this review, no predicted reliability rating is available for the 2019 Evoque.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Warranty

The 2019 Evoque comes with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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Range Rover Evoque Safety

Range Rover Evoque Crash Test Results

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted crash tests on the 2019 Evoque. This is typical among high-end vehicles.

Range Rover Evoque Safety Features

Standard safety features on the Evoque include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, emergency brake assist, and trailer stability assist. Available upgrades include automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active park assist (include parallel and perpendicular park modes), a surround-view camera system, and adaptive headlights.

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Which Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Model Is Right for Me?

The Range Rover Evoque comes in six main trim levels: SE, SE Premium, Landmark, HSE, HSE Dynamic, and Autobiography. Each offers its own blend of interior amenities and exterior accents. Most models have a four-door fixed-roof body and a 237-horsepower four-cylinder engine. A 286-horsepower four-cylinder engine is available in the top two trim levels for $3,000. The two-door convertible body style is available in the SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic trim levels.

For the best value, we recommend starting with one of the entry trim levels. From there, you can add the options you want from the available packages. For example, you can upgrade the technology in the base Evoque SE for about $2,700 to add the enhanced infotainment system, a hands-free tailgate, and proximity key entry. This nudges your purchase price up to around $45,000, which is still significantly less than the HSE trim’s price.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SE

The Evoque SE ($41,800) comes with grained leather seats, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start. You’ll also get the InControl Touch system with an 8-inch touch screen and a navigation system. Emergency brake assist and a rearview camera with front and rear parking sensors are among its advanced safety features.

For $4,100 more, the SE Premium adds a hands-free tailgate, a proximity key, automatic high beams, and a fixed panoramic sunroof with an integrated power-operated blind.

The SE is the first of only two trim levels available as a convertible. In addition to its z-folding soft top, the Convertible SE Dynamic boasts the upgraded InControl Touch Pro interface, a 10-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Navigation Pro, and a 10-speaker Meridian sound system. Pricing starts at $52,100.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Landmark

The Evoque Landmark ($48,400) builds off the SE Premium trim, adding distinctive exterior styling elements such as hood louvers and graphite accents.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque HSE

With a $51,100 price tag, the Evoque HSE adds heated front and rear seats and an upgraded infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an 11-speaker Meridian audio system. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are also included.

The HSE Dynamic ($54,300) gains interior enhancements such as a perforated leather steering wheel, ambient lighting, and textured aluminum trim. You can upgrade to engine to a 286-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder for $3,000. This trim is also available in convertible form for $57,800.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography

The Evoque Autobiography ($62,600) has a full Oxford leather interior, and its 14-way power-adjustable front seats have a massage feature. Parking is easier with the surround-view camera system and active park assist, which includes parallel and perpendicular park modes. The Autobiography also comes with autonomous emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, and adaptive headlights.

A 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, illuminated tread plates, a heated steering wheel, and 20-inch alloy wheels round out the list of standard features. For $3,000, you can upgrade to the Autobiography Dynamic, which comes with a 286-horsepower engine. 

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The Final Call

If you don't like falling in line with the status quo, the Range Rover Evoque is an excellent way to make a statement. Its sporty driving dynamics and available convertible body style are distinctive in the luxury subcompact SUV class. With its raked roofline, the Evoque stands out even alongside its siblings. At the same time, its high-class cabin hits the Land Rover mark, and it maintains the brand's off-road abilities, to a certain degree. There's little room for practicality here, as demonstrated by the above-average price tag, snug back seat, and low fuel economy ratings.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "In sharp contrast to the traditional Land Rover look, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque offers buyers all the luxury and off-road ability expected of a vehicle carrying the legendary British name, but in an SUV that is sleek, low and sporty. With standard all-wheel-drive, the Evoque has several characteristics that set it apart from the competition." -- Autotrader
  • "The emphasis on style brings about a few sacrifices in traditional SUV traits. Its storage space and visibility fall on the smaller side of the spectrum, and its interior is more difficult to climb in and out of - doubly true for the convertible. Still, the Evoque remains a Land Rover, and it comes with the brand's off-road tech, including a low-speed cruise control. It isn't the design alone that makes the Evoque a unique offering. Though it's the size of a subcompact, the Evoque's price falls closer to that of a bigger luxury SUV, so direct comparisons are tricky. But if you find the look and feel appealing, comparisons against the Evoque won't be necessary." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "There's no doubt the Land Rover brand cuts a wide swath through upper-crust 'hoods, and the Range Rover Evoque is about as stylish as that image gets. This is one of those SUVs that nobody really needs, but a certain number – maybe you – just cannot do without. … For a whole lot of very practical rationalities the Range Rover Evoque has trouble making sense. Cramped inside, moderate cargo space and pricey compared to other SUVs of roughly similar capabilities, few are as stylish as the Evoque but many deliver much more function for the money." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Low Demand: 2018 sales of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque currently place in the lower half of the luxury subcompact SUV class. Additionally, the Evoque is the slowest selling vehicle of the Range Rover family, and compared to this point in 2017, Evoque sales are down 22.4 percent.

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