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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was new.


Performance: 8.4

Unlike many of its competitors, the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque only comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but reviewers don’t seem to mind. They say this luxury compact SUV is powerful, has strong brakes and performs well both on- and off-road.

  • "Body motions are well controlled, the steering feels right and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and 6-speed automatic transmission work well together, producing quick acceleration or relaxed cruising." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The electric steering assist felt pretty lively and communicative, and the 2.0-liter turbo is clearly more than adequate for the task. With far less mass to control than the larger Range Rovers whose composure we've often marveled at, the Evoque tackles crests, dips, bumps and undulations with unflappable poise." -- AutoWeek (2012)
  • "Set the Terrain Response system to Dynamic mode - heightening reaction from the dampers, throttle, and steering as well as changing the gauge hue from white to red - rotate the drive selector over to Sport, and the Evoque morphs into a wannabe rally machine. Never has a Land Rover been this fun and enthralling." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "Think of the Evoque as the product of a marriage between a European sports hatchback such as the Mini Cooper and a compact sports utility such as the BMW X1. It's a great ride, with positive handling, well-controlled body roll and terrific steering." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 Range Rover Evoque has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. According to the EPA, the Range Rover Evoque averages 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is good for a luxury compact SUV with standard all-wheel drive.

The Range Rover Evoque doesn’t offer a V6 engine like many of its competitors, but reviewers like its turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Most reviewers admire this engine for its refined power delivery, but a minority thinks it is underpowered. They also like the automatic transmission and call it responsive, though one test driver thinks it doesn’t shift smoothly.

  • "Under the Evoque's hood sits a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that provides good power, impressive running smoothness and virtually no throttle lag." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2.0-liter provides smooth, linear power with little discernible turbo lag. Power feels perky from a stop and builds nicely for passing and merging maneuvers. The 6-speed automatic transmission is responsive, but sometimes acts busy, with shifts often feeling abrupt." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Placing a four-cylinder engine in a Range Rover might seem like a recipe for epic slowness, but with 240 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, it's actually quite a punchy engine with a pleasingly sporty rasp. It also has less mass to motivate, as the Evoque weighs a few hundred pounds less than most competitors." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Is the edge in performance? With curb weights around 4000 pounds, according to Range Rover, the Evoque is on a par with its rivals, and with 240 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque, its 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo four-cylinder (adapted from Ford’s EcoBoost four) is not an output champ, either." -- Car and Driver (2012)

Handling and Braking

Though reviewers think that the Range Rover Evoque’s brakes are strong and well-calibrated for a luxury compact SUV, they are divided over its handling abilities. Some reviewers think that the Range Rover Evoque doesn’t provide enough feedback and find that the steering is too light.

  • "Over the road, the Evoque feels polished and sophisticated yet sporty and maneuverable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We can say that the Evoque’s new electric rack-and-pinion power-steering system, although quick, could provide more tactile info, especially on-center. On the other hand, braking performance is powerful, with good pedal feel, and ride quality is unlikely to provoke unhappiness, on-road or off." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "The ride quality is far from plush, though body motion control seems admirable in the normal on-road setting. … Steering effort is on the light side, but I could read the road surface texture through the wheel pretty well, and it heavies up fairly naturally as cornering grip builds. Braking effort and pedal travel seemed ideal for a sport-oriented lux-ute." -- Motor Trend (2012)

Off-Road and All-wheel Drive

The Evoque comes standard with all-wheel drive, and like the Land Rover LR2, it gets a standard Terrain Response system. Controlled by a dial, Terrain Response adjusts the engine, transmission and traction settings to accommodate paved, grassy, gravely, snowy, muddy, rutted and sandy conditions. The Evoque is a luxury SUV, but if you do plan to head off the beaten path, test drivers say that it is completely capable of traveling over boulders and deep ruts without problems.

  • "The Evoque handily overcame boulders the size of watermelons and divots that could hold more gunk than a wheelbarrow." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "It really is a no-brainer type of off-road vehicle. Turn the Terrain Response knob to the proper setting, set the hill descent control and simply point the Evoque at an obstacle. Its capabilities far surpass what its expected buyers will ever use it for." -- Road and Track (2012)

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