Reviewing the Range Rover Evoque 2019
The original Range Rover Evoque was a victory. It is the right car, right place, right time.
It was a small SUV that fell into the unprepared high-end segment, which became a design icon and later Land Rover’s best-selling SUV.
As the years passed, rivals caught up and Land Rover launched its beautiful Velar in the upper segment. Unimaginable thing happened. Evoque looking day.
Finally, Land Rover has launched the second generation version. Can it copy even a successful part of the first time? We drove it during our Australian launch to find out if it had what it needed.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10
To put it simply – Evoque has returned to bring its rivals back to where they belong. It is really great for an SUV. Before my eyes, at least, it has dethroned Volvo XC40 is the most attractive small SUV on the market.
Sure, it has more Victoria Beckham than Bear Grylls, but the Range Rover brand goes far beyond the elite from the roots inside the hose – and Evoque owns it.
Land Rover has managed to turn the smooth, smooth lines of the Velar into the small and stout frame of the Evoque. Design highlights such as LED headlights (now standard), contrasting bodypanels and flat door handles complement this stunning vehicle as you get closer.
However, it’s undeniably an Evoque and has held design pillars like ‘high straps, moving from headlights to taillights and tapered roofs.
Inside, the Evoque has also continued to boost the market with leather-covered surfaces from the S sole. It still has featured chunky insert doors with recessed handles and window / mirror controls and has lovely seats, regardless of class with the premium-feeling center console stack.
It’s also in the center where Evoque got the elegant, ‘Touch Pro Duo’ setup from its older sibling Velar, which completely messes up the space.
Touch smart design abound with well-structured and hidden storage areas throughout.
It all sounds incredible, but there are a few notable drawbacks. The Evoque now has a giant steering wheel from the rest of the Range Rover line, making the driver feel more bulky than its predecessor, and the abundance of glossy surfaces leads to a glare-able cabin. and difficult to keep clean.
Do you like the cars in the picture? No problem, Land Rover offers no less than 17 different interior packages with five highlights of different textures and plenty of headlights and wheel rims for almost every interest.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 8/10
Now this is a tough one, because of its credit, Land Rover has made many standard staples. That said, when I wrote this article, I looked at a 15-page list of options.
Also, there’s the fact that once you consider the three trim levels, the six engines (!) And the two bodywork options that you have left with this 26 possible permutations of this car – and that before when you start digging into those options.
To break it down, Evoque has three familiar layers. S, SE and HSE. From there you choose an engine.
S entry level, starting at $ 62,670 (before on-road costs) is only possible with four base engines (petrol P200, P250, diesel D150, D180) and comes standard with 18 alloy wheels inch, 10 inch Multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support as well as integrated sat nav, leather upholstery with 10-way power front seats, manual climate adjustment, six-speaker stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, reversing camera as well as front and rear parking sensors.
Step up to the intermediate SE from $ 68,610 for you to choose all six engines (P200, P250, P300, D150, D180, D240 diesel).
It has all S devices but with the addition of a second touch screen ‘Touch Pro Duo’ that controls all the car’s functions, ‘premium’ LED headlights with beam control automatic, 20-inch alloy wheels, 14-way electric front seats and digital dashboard.
The top standard HSE starts at $ 90,230, and can only have two top engines (P300 petrol and diesel D240). It includes everything from the SE, as well as a more powerful sophisticated all-wheel drive system, capable of sending all engine torque to any one wheel, electrically powered tailgate, 20-inch alloy wheels of different designs, upgraded ‘Windsor leather extended interior trim set,’ Atlas bezel ‘steering wheel (metal lining), rearview mirror inside ‘ClearSight’, a 10-speaker high-end audio system and keyless entry.
From there, you choose whether you want a sport-body R-kit for $ 1680 for any level and then start ticking the boxes in the expanded options list.
For a limited time, Land Rover is offering a ‘First Edition with one of two mid-range engines, the D180 and P250, for $ 91,550 and $ 91,300 respectively.
They have the lion option boxes marked for you and basically include items like free R-Dynamic contrast packs and black. Although at the end of the price scale, when you consider the included items, they are not bad value.
It must be said that while the Evoque range can be assigned to the imagination of any buyer, Land Rover has managed to create an expensive even more expensive small SUV, putting it in a tournament. The price is completely different when compared to the Audi Q2 (from $ 41,950), BMW X2 (from $ 46,900) and Mercedes-Benz GLA (from $ 44,700).
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
The Evoque is on a strongly updated platform with its own bones that have been changed to prove the future for hybrid powertrains.
This has resulted in a 20 mm increase for its wheelbase, which is reflected directly into its huge current cabin.
Besides the invasive large steering wheel, the driver is greeted with a spacious and airy cabin, with plenty of room for elbows on the thick center console and opaque door tags.
Almost every surface greets you with a soft material, although the window line is quite high, making it difficult to put your hands on it.
There is storage space everywhere. Bottle holder at door, cup holder in center console, top large box with openings and power source, large glove box and a large groove hidden under the second screen.
The designers had a visionary to place lovely textures on the background of storage surfaces to prevent items such as phones, wallets and even pens from finding their way to the floor.
Rear passengers are welcome without missing legroom, dual rear vents, pockets on the back of the front seats and grooves at the entrance.
The seats and comfort are as easy as the front seats, and although the roof is tapered, the ample space for someone of my size (Immm 182cm high).