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.
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.
Notable Standard Equipment
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.
Notable Optional Equipment
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.
Under the Hood
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.
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