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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 7.5

The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is made to play. Find a curvy stretch of pavement, and its energetic engines and dynamic handling come alive. True to its Land Rover roots, the Evoque is also quite capable of traveling off the beaten path. However, its fuel economy is below average for the class.

  • "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 Evoque comes with one of two turbocharged four-cylinder engines and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base power plant provides stimulating acceleration, which means spirited drivers don't have to pay extra to upgrade. The difference in fuel economy ratings is almost nonexistent, so even if you decide to go for the stronger engine, you won't pay through the nose at the gas pump. On the downside, the Evoque’s nine-speed transmission holds both engines back because it struggles to find the right gear at times. Luckily, you can select the gear yourself with the standard paddle shifters.

Powering most Evoque models is a 237-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. It has a fuel economy rating of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is below average for a luxury subcompact SUV. The HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trim levels have an available 286-horsepower turbocharged engine. City gas mileage drops by 1 mpg with this engine.

  • "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 hp 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
  • "Both engines are smooth, with some turbo lag that's perfectly acceptable, and plenty of kick when you step on the gas. Note that the engines also achieve the same fuel-economy ratings and they have been engineered for operation at the kinds of extreme angles encountered while off-roading." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Range Rover Evoque is sprightly and fun to drive. Its steering and brake systems are responsive, and its suspension minimizes body lean in fast corners. For some, this yields a ride quality that is a bit firm.

Like its kin, the Evoque is also a proficient off-roader. Standard equipment includes four-wheel drive, hill descent control, and All-Terrain Progress Control (a low-speed cruise control), and Terrain Response with General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, and Sand modes. The Range Rover Evoque has a standard ride height of 8.3 inches, and a wading depth of 19.6 inches.

  • "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
  • "The 2018 Range Rover Evoque is in fact an actual Land Rover, with unexpectedly good capability when the tires leave paved roads. An adjustable drive mode allows the driver to choose among Mud, Sand, Snow and other terrains with the flick of a switch. While it lacks the low-range gearing of its bigger brothers, which keeps it from serious off-road duty, it's definitely more capable than you might expect for something as stylish as this. Around town the Evoque's firm suspension and sharp steering make it feel like a sports sedan, but it also means the ride's on the stiff side." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "When it comes to twisty roads, the Evoque acquits itself better than expected. Despite a lack of ultimate grip from the tires, it turns and rotates well with the help of torque vectoring via the brakes and drives well out of tight corners thanks to its all-wheel drive. Surprisingly nimble and fun." -- Edmunds (2018)

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