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Range Rover Evoque 2016 Review

5 years ago

Good points

  • Distinctive styling is the best in class
  • Comfortable seats in a stylish interior
  • Refined diesel engine

Needs work

  • Go easy on the options – they get expensive
  • Turbo lag
  • Big wheels roughen the ride
2016 Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque blends its fashionable design with strong handling and the cache of a top-end badge. Like bigger Range Rovers, the Evoque has a luxurious air about it that its German competitors would love to match.

For a few years the Evoque’s success went unchecked by the conservative Audi Q5 and BMW X3 but recently the competition has become much stiffer.

The arrival of the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Porsche Macan is attacking the Evoque at both its entry-point and top-end range flanks.

While Land Rover are confident in the Evoque’s abilities, the mechanical and aesthetic updates for 2016 need to do some heavy lifting to keep the baby Range Rover in the game.

Luckily, the updates make a big difference. New diesels built in house are much more refined and take the Evoque’s premium character to new levels.

Inside, though, changes are minimal and the Evoque struggles to match the elegant cabin of the new Mercedes.

It’s also easy to spend much more than you might expect on an Evoque: the black HSE Dynamic in our video review hit the road at about $110,000. That’s Porsche territory.

We borrowed an updated Evoque to see whether the recent changes justify that sort of premium pricing.

Key specs (as tested)

Engine
Capacity
2.0L
Cylinders
4
Induction
Single turbocharger
Power
132kW at 4,000rpm
Torque
430Nm at 1,750rpm
Configuration
Conventional
Power to weight ratio
80kW/tonne
Fuel
Fuel type
Diesel
Fuel capacity
54L
Consumption
5.1L/100km
Average Range
1059km
Drivetrain
Transmission
Automatic
Drivetrain
Four-wheel-drive
Engine configuration
In-line
Gears
9
Dimensions
Length
4370mm
Width
1985mm
Height
1635mm
Unoccupied weight
1640kg
Cargo space seats up
575L
Cargo seats down
1445L

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