2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Performance Review

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Performance: 8.1

The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has two new engines that both deliver plenty of power, though they aren't as fuel-efficient as some rivals' engines and are paired with a frustrating transmission. The Evoque has off-road ability that's unmatched by any class rival, but it's also agile on the road.

  • "The Evoque is really meant for fast, sporty driving, and its … turbocharged engine, responsive handling and refined, compliant suspension make it an energetic partner for driving, whether you're on the way to the opera or just going to work" -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "In the civilized world, the Range Rover Evoque demonstrates a poise and level of ride and handling much more akin to a polished sports sedan. Body motions are measured and predictable, the steering firm and communicative and the power from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine abundant." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Don't let the Evoque's stylish exterior fool you, however. This sleek little SUV is every bit a Land Rover, with standard all-wheel drive and a rugged LR2-based chassis and suspension to take it far off-road." -- Autotrader (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2018 Evoque features a new base engine – a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 237 horsepower (last year's engine puts out 240 horsepower). In select trims, you can get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 286 horsepower, which is the strongest engine the Evoque has ever offered. Both engines are energetic; in fact, they move the Evoque so easily, it almost feels like an unnecessary amount of power.

A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard with either engine. It's not a great gearbox. The shifts aren't always smooth, and it occasionally hunts for the right gear. Putting it in manual mode and using the paddle shifters makes things a little better.

With the base engine, the Evoque earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The more powerful engine gets similar ratings: 21/29 mpg city/highway. Most class rivals earn better estimates, though only by a couple of miles per gallon.

  • "The power produced by both turbocharged 4-cylinder engines is impressive. Even with light application of the accelerator pedal, the Evoque eagerly rockets forward with relentless horsepower and torque. Typically, we love peppy, energetic vehicles, but in the Evoque it almost feels like overkill. It's not the performance that bothers us, but whenever the turbocharger kicks in, we know fuel economy suffers. Very tender throttle input is needed to keep the Evoque from coming up short of its EPA fuel economy ratings." -- Autotrader
  • "The nine-speed is occasionally lurchy and indecisive when shifting on its own, but it's responsive and quick-shifting in manual mode using the paddles. But once in manual mode, it won't downshift if you floor it or default back to automatic shifting when coming to a stop like most transmissions." -- Edmunds
  • "The now-standard nine-speed automatic was neither smooth nor responsive in the similar Discovery Sport we tested." -- Consumer Reports

Handling and Braking

This Land Rover comes standard with a four-wheel-drive system that switches between two- and four-wheel drive automatically. The ride is stiff but not uncomfortable, even over bumpy roads. The Evoque feels playful around turns, but you can't drive it like a sports car.

  • "The Evoque offers decent ride comfort, even over fairly rough roads, which is impressive considering how well it handles in corners. It's a tricky balance to achieve, especially since its suspension is neither adjustable nor adaptive." -- Edmunds
  • "Drivers who are familiar with the driving characteristics of other Land Rovers will find the Evoque atypical. It's noticeably stiffer than you'd expect over bumps and through corners, but the suspension and chassis aren't overly rigid – they're just taut enough to allow the Evoque to handle with firm precision." -- Autotrader
  • "Handling is sprightly but becomes disconcerting at the limits." -- Consumer Reports

Off-Roading

The Evoque comes with Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which lets you choose drive modes for different types of terrain, including grass/gravel/snow, mud and ruts, and sand. This may not be the off-roader that some of its big brothers are, but it still handles most off-road terrain with ease, and it's far more capable than many competitors.

  • "The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque blazes its own trail, with a sleek, low-slung look that marks a radical departure from other Land Rover vehicles. Yet, despite its non-SUV-like appearance, the little Evoque is still a Land Rover at heart, every bit as capable off-road as it is on." -- Autotrader
  • "The Evoque Convertible is less capable than most other Land Rover models but has a decent number of off-road tools. Its Terrain Response System provides different drive modes for road, mud, sand, snow; all-wheel drive is standard; and hill descent control takes the guesswork out of steep grades." -- Edmunds
  • "I also had the chance to drive the Evoque Convertible on a mild off-road course. … On the dirt trails I covered, I didn't notice any extra wobbliness and the traction control was able to find grip even on loose surfaces. This was also the first time I'd ever gone off-road with no roof and I found myself thinking that if I did roll over, I'd be pretty worried. Even though there are bars that pop up from behind the backseat headrests when a rollover is detected, that's still a lot of open space for a foreign object to intrude the cabin area." -- Cars.com (2017)
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