By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.2
Land Rover's rugged-yet-luxurious Range Rover line has long appealed to the well-heeled and adventurous elite. But with rising gas prices and ever-more-stringent environmental standards, even the mighty Range Rover needs to adapt. Attracting younger fans away from BMW X3 and Audi Q5 models won't hurt either. Enter the 2014 Range Rover Evoque, a sleek and stylish compact SUV that comes in 5-door and 3-door coupe flavors and five trim levels that Land Rover calls "design themes." With an efficient 240-horsepower turbo-4 engine, good aerodynamics and a small, lightweight body, the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Evoque reinterprets the classic Range Rover formula with a renewed sense of style and a newfound environmental conscience.
You'll like the 2014 Range Rover Evoque if you want a seriously stylish compact-luxury SUV that drives well in the city but isn't afraid of the wilderness. The new Evoque also returns 30 mpg on the highway, a number inconceivable in any other Range Rover.
The Evoque's rakish, compact shape squeezes rear-seat and cargo space, making it less functional than small-luxury SUV rivals. And its AWD system lacks the locking differentials and low range of other Range Rovers. If either of those is a problem, shop elsewhere.
Although it has only been on the market for two years, the 2014 Range Rover Evoque gets substantial upgrades. Foremost is the new 9-speed automatic transmission, which helps improve fuel economy and acceleration, and lessen overall emissions. The exterior also gets a few noteworthy alterations, and there's a new suite of driver-assist features, including active cruise control.
Driving Impressions Despite being smaller and lighter than any previous Range Rover, the 2014 Evoque still delivers the brand's expected measure of on-pavement refinement and in-the-rough capability. Over the road, the Evoque...feels polished and sophisticated yet sporty and maneuverable. The body doesn't lean or bounce around too much, the steering feels right, and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces plenty of power for quick acceleration, or relaxed cruising. New this year is a 9-speed automatic transmission, designed to help improve acceleration and fuel economy. When the pavement ends, the Evoque impressively handles muddy, rutted back roads and slippery hills, ably getting power to the ground and absorbing impacts from the surface. True, the Evoque lacks the locking differentials and low range of full-size Range Rovers, just as its on-road ride is a bit less plush. But against rival compact-luxury SUVs, the 2014 Range Rover Evoque delivers.
PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF
The panoramic glass roof – standard on all models but the base Pure – helps keep the Evoque's interior from feeling confining despite the low roofline and shallow side windows. It lets in an abundance of sunlight and gives a brilliant view out.
POP-UP SHIFT KNOB
Turn on the 2014 Evoque, and a solid aluminum rotary shift knob ascends from the center console to give the driver control of the transmission. Found on the top-line Range Rover models (and throughout Jaguar's lineup), the ceremony of the pop-up shift knob reminds you that you're about to drive something special.
Contrasting with the flashy exterior is a simple-laid-out interior. Material quality is excellent, and the details like buttons and switches have a quality feel. The seats are comfortable yet supportive, and passenger space is good though a little tight in back. Sitting three across is strictly short-term. Accessing that rear seat is obviously more challenging in the 3-door. Cargo space is OK in both models with fold-down rear seats adding some room for loads, but the rakish, tapering body design does squeeze space.Exterior
The initial design for the Range Rover Evoque was carried over largely intact from the Land Rover LRX concept vehicle, and the 2014 Evoque is little changed. That's fine with us. While retaining the signature Ranger Rover details like a clamshell hood and "floating roof," the 2014 Evoque gets a restyled front end to coexist with an ultra-narrow greenhouse and sharply drawn features, giving the Evoque a low, wide, athletic and modern appearance. Pragmatic types might gravitate to the more useful and $1,000-cheaper 5-door body style, while style-focused buyers will appreciate the slightly lower roofline and stylized hood vents found on the Evoque coupe.
The 2014 Range Rover Evoque gets an upgraded all-wheel drive (AWD) system called Active Driveline. This system uses only the front wheels when cruising at speeds above 22 mph; it automatically activates the rear wheels when it senses extra traction is needed. The torque vectoring redirects engine torque among the four wheels to enhance stability in corners. This comes on top of other luxury amenities like keyless entry and engine start, power-adjustable leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, 19-inch alloy wheels and an 11-speaker audio system with an 8-inch touch screen. Evoques also come standard with Land Rover's Terrain Response system with its different modes for sand, mud and snow, and safety features like stability and traction controls, roll-stability control, Trailer Stability Assist (to help when towing) and six airbags.
Options are grouped into trim levels Land Rover calls design themes: Pure Plus, Pure Premium and Dynamic on both 3- and 5-door models, and also a base Pure and top-line Prestige on the 5-door only. The Pure Premium trim adds a 5-camera surround-view system, navigation, adaptive xenon headlights and a 17-speaker audio system. From there buyers can move up to either the sporty Dynamic or the luxurious Prestige trims, each offering specific interior and exterior upgrades. The optional Adaptive Dynamics system serves to improve ride and handling, and the new Adaptive Cruise Control manages the distance between you and cars ahead of you, even in traffic.
There's one engine available for the 2014 Evoque: a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that provides good power, impressive running smoothness and virtually no throttle lag. Based on the engine in the Ford Explorer EcoBoost – a legacy from when the company owned Land Rover – the Brits have tweaked it for better waterproofing and operation at more extreme driving angles. The sole transmission offered is a new 9-speed automatic that includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual control. Full-time AWD is standard on all Evoques.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
251 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30 mpg
The base 2014 Range Rover Evoque 5-door starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just under $42,000, for the Pure trim. Stepping up to the Pure Plus adds $3,000, and the Premium is right below $50,000. The Prestige will set you back more than $56,000, and the range-topping Dynamic is just over $57,000. If you want the slick-looking 3-door, prices start at about $46,000 for the Pure Plus. The 3-door Pure Premium runs about $50,500, and the Dynamic is just over $58,000. The Adaptive Cruise Control technology adds $1,250 to the bottom line. Other premium-small SUVs such as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Audi Q5 start in the mid- to high-$30,000 range, and most offer more usable space inside but less distinctive style. To see what others in your area have paid for a Range Rover Evoque, check the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com. Models from Land Rover tend to have below-average residual values, though the Evoque's strong desirability could temper that somewhat.
By NOLA Renovator on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,500overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great styling, gadgets, ride, and sound system"
Cons: "Horrible Transmission with abrupt downshifts"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"This car looks great standing still. The sound system is great, the seats firm and comfortable, the ride decent, great gadgets - high beam assist works like a wizard - I'm an engineer and the ability for the car to figure out when to turn on and off the high beams is quite cool. HOWEVER, I get similar mpg to my 4.2 liter V-8 BMW X-5 (about 2-3 mpg more), but with a gutless 4 cylinder. At a standstill, you floor it, count to two, then the car starts accelerating. Under 3000 rpm you get nothing. At 3000 rpm, the turbo kicks in and gives you too much. It's really an issue in traffic. At 30 mph in moderate traffic, you barely give it a little gas and it drops what feels like two gears, hits 3000 rpm, snaps your head back, you get off the gas, tap the break, and start over. It is enough to make me hate driving it. I believe Land Rover realized this, as well as the horrible gas mileage, and put a 9 speed in the 2014. It's sticker is 30 mpg highway instead of 28. After shelling out mid 60's for the Dynamic version, I find myself regretting the commitment I made. I called Land Rover to see if they would take it back, and they said it is operating as designed, so no. The head mechanic at the dealership explained to me there is way too much piping between the turbo and the engine, making the turbo lag worse. I have been driving on the gravel/snow program, which reduces the hard downshifts, but decreases acceleration as well. I have never owned a vehicle I paid more for, and also hated it any more than this one. Shame on Land Rover/Tata for selling such a poorly designed vehicle"
By uncle john on Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,100overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Cons: "rear vision limited"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"bought may 2012. paddle shift is a dream. takes a hard corner like it's on rails. some tire noise, but not obtrusive. interior leather beautiful and wears well. great passing ability at high speed. floats on trips like a butterfly. it's a pleasure in every since of the word."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Sugar on Monday, January 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000overall rating 3 of 10rating details
Pros: "Cute fun car"
Cons: "Too many electrical and mechanical problems"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Worst car ever! I would really love my car if I didnt have all the mechanical and electrical problems! I have taken my car to get fixed for the coolant leaking into the oil. It seems as though my car is in the shop more than I have it. Not to mention the customer service is awful. It is one thing to have a bad car but it is another thing to have a bad car and horrible customer service (Corporate Office)."
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Clipper on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "great styling"
Cons: "EVERYTHING.....JUST PLAIN JUNK"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I bought this car in March, 2013 and it has now been in for service for a total of seven weeks to date and the problems have still not been fixed. All four doors needed to be fixed for rattling, the transmission seized up, the sound system does not operate properly, the driver's side window will not seal so it sounds like it's open all the time. I've owned over twenty cars and this is the worst car ever. It looks great but everything else is just plain junk. Buyer beware....do not get sucked in by the great styling."
12 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By eEK on Thursday, February 07, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,125overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Cons: "Everything else"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Bought car January 2. Towed after 1 week. All warning lights came on no power steering, car would not shift to another gear. Everything. Took one week to repair. Module replaced. Smart keys stopped working this week. Called everyone to complain. Called first time and this time also. Said I have warranty and they stand behind. No help. Poor service to make sure car one month old repaired. I have owned 20 cars from for focus to Infiniti and this is the worst. Car towed again today."
45 people out of 49 found this review helpful
By Aeremis on Thursday, December 20, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,700overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Feature packed, great looks, off road capable"
Cons: "New model bugs, could use more storage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"You definitely get what you pay for. Camparable crossovers (VW Toureg, BMW X3/X5, Audi Q5, etc.) may start off less, but once you add the options to match the pure plus w/premium package, the others end up being way more than the evoque. Value 8/10: For the amount of features you get and the luxury brand name, it's a decent price. Reliability 6/10: While I've had no safety issues, I've still had to bring the vehicle in for minor things here and there. It's a real pain in the rear when you live about 100 miles from the nearest dealership, not to the mention the unnecessary miles you have to put on your car. From reading other owner reviews, it seems this is a mixed bag and some have problems while others have seen nothing. Too early to tell though. Quality 8/10: excellent materials and well assembled, but I do have to ding a couple points since things are already "breaking" so soon. Driving Dynamics 9/10: Solid performance, great feel, good fuel economy. -1 point as there is noticeable turbo lag and if you don't feather the throttle properly, the sudden turbo kick can be quite unexpected. Design 10/10: There's no denying it. This thing looks amazing. From the head turning headlights and body lines, to the luxurious interior, the Evoque definitely has the "wow" factor. Comfort & Convenience 8/10: While it fits 4-5 adults quite comfortably, the storage is lacking. Not that big of a deal as a city cruiser/commuter. This can be remedied by laying down the rear seats, but you give up the rear seating. It can also be offset by having roof rails, but they aren't standard like a lot of other crossovers in this price range and cost quite a bit as a separate accessory. Overall 8/10: This thing is awesome given that you can accept the drawbacks here and there, but hey what relationship doesn't have its flaws? The things that I've had issues with so far aren't bad considering that you keep in mind that this is a first year model. Overall, I love my Evoque!"
20 people out of 20 found this review helpful