Range Rover Evoque 2.0TD4 SE Tech [4WD] Auto Review
Well known for their iconic full-fat Range Rover and more recent Sport variant, Range Rover extended its range to include the smaller, Freelander sized, Evoque to attack the premium small SUV/Crossover market.
Made famous due to the design input from Victoria Beckham, the Range Rover Evoque has evolved somewhat from its launch but keeps the key design cues. With specification levels which enable the Evoque to be reasonably capable off-road, most UK vehicles will do little more than mount a kerb or possibly go down a well manicured track en-route to Pony Club. That being said, the Evoque is a high quality, premium SUV deserving of a closer look.
Inside, the Evoque is very well appointed, the standard SE comes with full leather upholstery, Auto Lights & Wipers, Heated & Powerfold Door Mirrors, electric front seats, cruise control, Bluetooth Hands Free, DAB Radio, Lane Departure Warning, Front & Rear Parking sensors¦and the list goes on. The SE Tech (on test), adds Satellite Navigation, Auto High Beam Assist and a few more subtle additions. Moving up to the range topping HSE Dynamic Lux (which we have also tested) you get pretty much the kitchen sink thrown in with Surround Cameras, Lane Keeping Assist and Driver Condition Monitor, Keyless Entry, Power Gesture Tailgate, Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitor & Reverse Traffic Detection, Traffic Sign Recognition, Fixed Panoramic Sunroof, and the excellent 825w Meridian Sound System, as well as improved off-road capabilities
So, with the above spec in mind, even at the entry level, the Evoque is right up there in the premium sector eclipsing the likes of the Q3/Q5, well this is a Range Rover after all.
The outside of the Evoque looks pretty good too. Big 18³ Wheels, the optional contrast roof and privacy glass set the test vehicle off nicely, although I would recommend against being tempted by the latest item on the options list, vehicle decals which would turn an otherwise smart looking premium SUV into something that looks like it crashed into the front window of the modification section in Halfords.
The range of engines available for the Evoque has evolved over time. the eD4 is still available offering a manual 2wd option giving optimum economy and cost savings. However, the 2.2SD4 engine has been dropped in favour of the same 2.0TD4 unit employed by Jaguar in their vehicles. This is not a bad thing either. The model tested, married to their Autobox, felt nimble and spritely with impressive performance on country lanes and on the Motorway.
Swift acceleration will take you from 0-62 in a perfectly respectable 8.5s whilst still returning an average official 55.4mpg. During our tests which included enthusiastic driving we averaged the mid-40’s so with some frugal driving this an average mpg in the 50’s could be possible.
Overall the Evoque is an impressive offering in the rather crowded small SUV/Crossover market and whilst comparing this with a top spec Nissan Qashqai would seem a little unfair, the Nissan does hold its own as far as gadgets are concerned. The difference here is built quality, quality of materials, styling, drive quality, and of course the badge. Is it worth it? Objectively, its a close run thing. However, such a question is rather more subjective and to us the drive was far superior and the material and build quality felt far nicer. So, the answer is then definitely yes, it is worth it.
As a viable option for a company car, the Evoque has a lot going for it. As an SUV it is rather green with the eD4 producing a mere 113g/km with a BIK of 22% (not bad for a premium SUV) which means an entry level vehicle could cost the driver as little as £111/month. More importantly, for the fleet manager, the monthly cost on an Evoque for a standard 3+35 contract hire covering 10,000 miles per annum is around the £300+VAT/month mark which is impressive.
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