Review: 2012 Range Rover Evoque

Posted on 12. Mar, 2012 by in Auto News

Last May I had the chance, the Range Rover Supercharged, the alpha dog, the Range Rover driving range. Although I was enchanted by the incredible energy and opulent cabin, I felt that the Range Rover was hit by a curse that affects many upper class vehicles – all the flash and the functions have been spoiled by an underlying impossibility.

The Range Rover footprint was so large that it had its own branch of the Occupy movement, and his drinking problem was in league with Amy Winehouse. The Range Rover was conceived as a luxury vehicle to get you to take your Scottish country seat to the theater and back in comfort, but lately, the Range Rover is the mode of choice of the rich urbanites, ignorant of the fact that the Range Rover original goal was to serve double duty on a Scottish estate and arrive in style of the theater. Living in a dense downtown core, the Range Rover was too big to maneuver quickly through traffic or parallel parking with ease, and the truck roots reported often.

The 21th Century luxury SUV consumers wear Barbour jackets (as an ironic fashion statement), but they are much more of an entrepreneur pitching their one-person marketing agency, instead of living his fox-hunting and commencement of an inheritance. Range Rover knows where the wind blows, it has adapted its formula according to the Evoque. Gone is the big, boxy profile and the Jaguar V8 derived the full-size Range Rover. The well-appointed cabin full leather and aluminum remains, but the Evoque is compact, taut and futuristic, with a silhouette more like a MINI Countryman as a Defender 110th Common platform with the Land Rover LR2 (which in turn is based on the Ford Mondeo), decide enables the Evoque for a much smaller form factor, and makes it the type of vehicle that you rooms for shooting in and out of traffic, or parking in tight city .

A transversely mounted 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder (again based off of Ford EcoBoost engine) makes 240 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Ecoboost is the Evoque is well matched with a wide speed range and minimal turbo lag and the 6-speed automatic transmission delivers the Evoque cruise on a comfortable low speeds on the highway. Over 380 miles of mixed highway and city driving (and doing a steady 75 to 80 mph on the highway), the Evoque returned 24 mpg, 2 mpg better than the EPA rating. The Evoque demographic is probably the same kind of person who does not know whether her BMW 128i is its front or rear-wheel drive, the lack of a robust tracking platform and V6 or V8 engine does not bother them a bit. Despite its front-driver bases the Evoque still driveway a rudimentary four-wheel-drive system, with classic Land Rover technologies such as Hill Descent Control, but we would give up Starbucks for a year, if someone took a Evoque on rougher terrain than a pebble.

Inside, it is clear seasoned veterans that Land Rover (which operates the Range Rover brand as "Premium" line) in the parts have been soaking in a big way. The switchgear is a 80/20 mixture of Land Rover and Volvo bits – hardly a bad thing, but the common uses were immediately recognizable. A few Jaguar parts are included for good measure, such as the rotary knob that rises from the center console and the touch-screen HVAC and audio control, easy to use and quite intuitive. My litmus test involves asking a passenger to operate the iPod interface without directions, and most cars tend to frustrate my guinea pig. Not so with the Evoque, several drivers were able to quickly and easily navigate to it without trouble.

The Evoque, the road manners were largely solid, but the combination of large wheels and low-profile tires, an inevitable concession to the automobile aesthetics of our time, delivered a pretty tough ride over less-than-perfect pavement. Street noise was much better than the check ride quality, were kept apart as the engine and wind noise from the cabin. The Evoque, the seats were very comfortable on long trips, and the driving position was a good balance of both "high" SUV feel that crossover buyers want, without unnatural "lording over the Civil" attitude that can be found in larger SUVs.

Such a small footprint makes it suitable for some compromises. Rear seat comfort for two is OK, back to the front seats, a driver or passengers over 6 feet of space to move – at this point things get a little tight. Ditto for 3 passengers in the back. Volume was also the Evoque "evocative" styling reduced. A grocery store for two (at the local farmers market natch,) was fine, but try was stowed a full set of 15 "winter tires impossible. One we ended up stuffed three in the small cargo area (which took some careful organization) and rested in the back seat before the automatic tailgate itself would shut down. The sloping roofline and small side windows are an obvious concession to instead function to form, and it was helpful to have with an optional rear view camera on hand. To get the camera, buyers need to pony $ 1,900 more for the "Vision Assist Package" or $ 4,000 for the "Premium Package" Our Evoque Pure (yes, that's the trim level) came out to $ 48,995 -. around half the price of the The Range Rover Supercharged we had last year. The base price $ 43,995 is almost $ 7,000 more than a BMW X3 xDrive28i, which is the most appropriate competitors seem to be given the X3 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and sporty character. Competitors such as the Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Audi Q5 start closer to $ 35,000.

The key takeaway here is that the Evoque all current Land Rover customers want to do – look good to impress others, and the satisfaction of owning a "luxury vehicle." – With only minor drawbacks Volume is reduced in comparison to the rest of the cast, and the rear seat comfort is not the strong Evoque suit. On the other hand, the Evoque style and presence in spades, and the entire package is unique, practical and quite sophisticated (thanks in part to theft by other car manufacturers). For childless young professionals, empty nesters, or dog owners, the Evoque will be more than sufficient. With less fuel consumption and a smaller footprint than the full-fat Range Rover For the most uncertain, the idea suggests to the drive of "cheap" Range Rover can be debilitating, but an informal survey of people during our photoshoot that the Evoque attracts much positive attention from passers-by, more so than the ubiquitous black Range Rover Supercharged so many bad drivers tend to favor in this city. Even though it is more expensive (and for some, not very practical) than the aforementioned competitors, is to sell land rover each Evoque they can – and with the LR2 platform already been paid, the Evoque should be a cash cow for the brand as well as the parent company Tata.