2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a strong performer on and off road, and it has a nice interior. Still, there are a few notable shortcomings, which is why the Range Rover Evoque finishes in the bottom half of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.8
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent off-roader
  • Powerful engines
  • Agile handling
  • High-quality cabin
  • High price
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Jerky transmission
  • Below-average predicted reliability rating

New for 2018

  • Two new engines
  • Two-door coupe discontinued
  • New Landmark Edition trim

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque a Good SUV?

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a pretty good SUV. It's the only SUV in the class that’s available as a convertible – which helps it stand out – and it is more capable than most when the roads turn to dirt. In addition, the Evoque has powerful engines and nimble handling – though some competitors ride more smoothly and get better fuel economy. Inside, the Evoque looks great, is well-built, and offers plenty of technology. The downside is that its sloping roofline cuts into headroom, impairs visibility, and negatively impacts cargo space.

Overall, this is an SUV that has a lot going for it. Still, there are other well-rounded luxury subcompact SUVs that can match or exceed the Evoque in pretty much every area but off-roading.

Should I Buy the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

The Range Rover Evoque may not be the right choice for every buyer. Its base price is thousands of dollars more than any class rival's, yet off-roading or driving with the top down are the only areas where this SUV is better than the competition. Predicted reliability is also a bit shaky for this Land Rover. If you are looking at the Evoque, you may also want to check out rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

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

Land Rover introduced the Range Rover Evoque for the 2012 model year, and there hasn't been a redesign since. This means the 2018 model is part of the vehicle's first generation, so you can potentially save a chunk of change with a very similar older model. There have been some updates over the years, however. For example, the 2017 model was the first to offer a convertible body style – something that's unique for the luxury subcompact SUV class – and the two-door hardtop body style has been discontinued for 2018.

The 2018 Evoque gets a new base engine that has 3 fewer horsepower than the previous setup, and it adds an available 286-horsepower engine. There's also a new trim – the Landmark Edition – but its differences really only have to do with styling.

If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2017 Range Rover Evoque. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Cost?

The Range Rover Evoque has a starting price of $41,800. That's the highest base price in the class, and it's several thousand dollars more than most rivals' starting prices. For the Evoque convertible, you're looking at a base price of $52,100. A fully loaded Evoque will cost in the high $50,000s or higher, which is also much more than many competitors' top trims.

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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Versus the Competition

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

Sometimes the stiffest competition for a Range Rover is … another Range Rover. The Land Rover Range Rover Velar is a new model for 2018, and it offers more space than the Evoque. Both models have high-quality interiors and can handle themselves off-road, though neither is as capable as the brand's large Range Rover model. The Velar has much more cargo space than the Evoque, and it offers two engines beyond a turbo-four: a turbodiesel and a V6 with about 100 more horsepower than the Evoque's strongest engine. You might expect the Velar to have a much higher price tag, but its starting price is only about $8,000 higher, which isn't outrageous considering its larger size and similar level of luxury. This Range Rover showdown comes down to what you need out of your SUV and whether the advantages of the larger Velar are worth the added cost.

Which Is Better: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque or Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The Mercedes-Benz GLA finishes slightly higher in our class rankings than the Evoque, and it has a much lower starting price. It has a much lower starting price and is expected to be more reliable. The Range Rover has more cargo space and vastly better off-road abilities, but the GLA offers some additional features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Evoque has a more powerful but less fuel-efficient base engine, but the GLA offers a 375-horsepower engine that's far stronger than any Evoque engine. As far as these two go, the Mercedes-Benz is a better choice unless you really want a convertible or an off-roader.

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Range Rover Evoque Interior

How Many People Does the Range Rover Evoque Seat?

The standard Evoque seats five, while the convertible seats four. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, but the roof limits visibility. The rear seats are cramped and have limited headroom due to the raked roof. They're also tough to get into and out of, particularly in the two-door convertible.

Range Rover Evoque and Car Seats

The Range Rover Evoque has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether only. The lower anchors are difficult to find and use, making the whole process complicated and frustrating. The upper tethers on the backs of the seats are easy to use and will not impede rear visibility while in use. Rear space is tight, and some car-seat styles may not fit safely.

The convertible model has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear seats, but since there is no middle seat, there is no middle tether. The upper tethers are located between the top of the seatbacks and the bottom of the headrests. Though that sounds complicated, the upper tethers are clearly labeled. While there is not a lot of space to work with, the system is easy to use.

Range Rover Evoque Interior Quality

The Evoque certainly looks like a Land Rover inside. There are high-quality materials throughout, and the overall design is stylish and appealing.

Range Rover Evoque Cargo Space

The Range Rover Evoque has 20.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, which is enough space for a weekend's worth of luggage for the family. You get 51 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, giving you the flexibility to haul larger items like outdoor gear.

The convertible has less cargo space than many sedans: just under 9 cubic feet. That is only enough space for a handful of grocery bags.

Range Rover Evoque Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a USB port, Bluetooth, and the InControl Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and navigation. Available features include satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 10- or 16-speaker Meridian audio system, and an upgraded infotainment system (InControl Touch Pro) with a 10-inch touch screen.

You can sync your smartphone with the infotainment system, but the Evoque doesn't offer connectivity options like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, which are found in many rivals. The infotainment controls are a bit of a reach for the driver, but they are mostly easy to use and laid out intuitively.

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Range Rover Evoque Performance

Range Rover Evoque Engine: New Engines, New Outlook

Last year's Evoque had a 240-horsepower turbo-four – but now, that engine is gone. For 2018, the Evoque gets two new turbo-fours: a 237-horsepower base engine and a 286-horsepower option. Both produce plenty of power and can move this Land Rover easily in all situations.

On the other hand, the nine-speed automatic transmission leaves room for improvement. It sometimes has to hunt for the right gear, and the shifts aren't always smooth.

Range Rover Evoque Gas Mileage: Worse Than Rivals … Barely

The Evoque gets 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Those ratings are slightly worse than many competitors' mileage estimates. You'll spend about $150 more per year on gas money by driving the Land Rover over the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Range Rover Evoque Ride and Handling: Small and Sprightly

This Land Rover may not be the most athletic subcompact SUV, but it's relatively fun to drive. The Evoque handles well on curvy roads, and its small size enhances its maneuverability. Despite its agility, the Evoque’s ride is not rough – though it is on the firm side.

Range Rover Evoque Off-Road Performance

The Evoque comes standard with four-wheel drive and Land Rover's Terrain Response system. This Land Rover is the class leader in off-road ability, and it can handle almost any terrain that you dare to take it across.

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Range Rover Evoque Reliability

Is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Reliable?

The 2018 Evoque has a predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's below average in general (a score of three is average across the industry), and many class rivals have better ratings.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Warranty

Land Rover backs the Range Rover Evoque with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty. Many other luxury SUVs have similar warranty terms.

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Range Rover Evoque Safety

Range Rover Evoque Crash Test Results

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Range Rover Evoque Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features in the Range Rover Evoque include emergency brake assist, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Available features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, driver drowsiness monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view camera, automatic parallel and perpendicular park assist, and blind spot monitoring.

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

There are six trims to choose from if you want the standard Evoque (including the new-for-2018 Landmark Edition) and two if you want the Evoque convertible. If you're eyeing the standard Evoque, the base SE trim makes a solid choice. It has fewer standard features than higher trims, but there are plenty of options to choose from if you want more technology. Should you decide to go above the base trim, the HSE is also a good option.

Convertible Evoque shoppers should look at the HSE Dynamic. It has a lot more standard features than the SE Dynamic convertible, and it offers features the lower trim doesn't have. Note that the convertible also carries a substantially higher price tag than the nonconvertible, so make sure you'll get your money's worth before you buy it.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SE

The Range Rover Evoque SE has a starting price of $41,800 and comes with push-button start, power-adjustable front seats, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and InControl Touch with an 8-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, and navigation.

Multiple packages and stand-alone options are available. The Cold Climate Convenience package ($1,430) includes a heated windshield with heated washer jets, a heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats. The InControl Touch Pro Technology package ($2,245) includes InControl Touch Pro with a 10-inch touch screen, keyless entry, a gesture-controlled tailgate, and a 10-speaker Meridian sound system. The SE Technology package ($2,040) comes with keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate, and more. Some individual options include HD Radio and satellite radio ($765) and a Wi-Fi hot spot ($370). 

The two-door Range Rover Evoque Convertible SE Dynamic starts at $52,100 and adds the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, and front memory seats. The option packages are mostly the same, though the prices are slightly different.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SE Premium

The Range Rover Evoque SE Premium has a starting price of $45,900 and adds a hands-free power liftgate.

You can add the Driver Assistance package in this trim for $1,020. It adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and more. You can also add the Cold Climate Convenience package and the InControl Touch Pro Technology package; the latter costs less in the SE Premium than in the base trim ($1,330). HD Radio and satellite radio costs an extra $765, while a Wi-Fi hot spot costs $370. 

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque HSE

The Range Rover Evoque HSE starts at $51,100 and adds a 10-speaker Meridian audio system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, heated front and rear seats, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen.

The Driver Assistance package ($1,735) adds parking assist, a surround-view camera system, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, and traffic sign recognition. The Driver Assistance Plus package ($2,755) includes a head-up display and adaptive LED headlamps. You can also add the Cold Climate Convenience package ($510) and HD Radio and satellite radio ($765).

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic

The Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic has a starting price of $54,300 and adds exterior and interior styling changes. You can upgrade to the 286-horsepower engine for $3,000.

The Cold Climate Convenience package ($510) and the Driver Assistance package ($1,735) are offered in this trim. You can also add the Driver Assistance Plus package ($3,470), which includes an extra feature – adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic assist – in this trim.

The two-door Range Rover Evoque Convertible HSE Dynamic starts at $57,800 and includes all the features of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible SE Dynamic plus heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and keyless entry. Unlike the hardtop HSE Dynamic, the convertible isn't offered with the more powerful engine. It does offer the same option packages, though pricing is slightly different. You can also add the Luxury package ($2,755), which includes the Driver Assistance package's features plus a 16-speaker Meridian audio system.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography

The Range Rover Evoque Autobiography starts at $62,600. It comes with cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, 14-way power-adjustable front seats with massage function, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, traffic sign recognition, a 16-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

You can upgrade to the 286-horsepower engine for $3,000. The Driver Assistance Plus package costs $3,470 and adds a head-up display and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic assist.

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The Final Call

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque certainly stands out from the crowd. It's the only member of this class to offer a convertible body style, and its classmates can't hold a candle to its off-road ability. Unfortunately, it also stands out for some less positive reasons, like its high price and low predicted reliability rating. This is a pretty good SUV on its own, but it finishes in the bottom half of our class rankings for a reason. You may want to explore other options before you buy.

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

  • 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
  • "To think of the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible logically is an exercise in futility … Why does this thing exist? In recent history, there's been one previous attempt at a convertible SUV: the awkward, unloved and now defunct Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, which was sold from 2011 to 2014. Land Rover is hoping to avoid that ignominious fate and after driving it, the Evoque Convertible is good enough – and good looking enough – that I think it will." -- Cars.com (2017)
  • 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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