2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review
According to test drivers, the 2012 Land Rover Evoque doesn’t shake up the class with an exceptionally powerful engine. Instead, they say, shoppers will either be wooed by its optional two-door coupe body style or intimidated by its nearly $44,000 price tag.
The Evoque is a first for Land Rover. Not only is it the only two-door in the Land Rover lineup, but it’s also the smallest model the automaker has ever produced. There’s a four-door base model, which doesn’t look as unusual when compared with other luxury crossovers, but the two-door body style will be an unexpected twist for many shoppers. Despite its high price tag, critics like that it brings some much-needed diversity to the class.
The Land Rover Evoque has a 2.0-liter turbo inline four-cylinder engine, and is much smaller in body size compared with its rivals. After testing the Evoque, test drivers say the its petite frame and respectable 240 horsepower make it one of the most nimble vehicles in the class, but that it is underpowered compared with models like the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Audi Q5 and BMW X3, all of which have standard or optional V6 engines.
Though it has less juice than these crossovers, reviewers say the Land Rover Evoque dominates the class when it comes to off-road capabilities. Like other Land Rovers, the Evoque has a Terrain Response system that allows the driver to change the powertrain and suspension responses based on road conditions, but most shoppers won’t take this expensive SUV though a creek or over small boulders.
No matter what you call the Land Rover Evoque, test drivers say the Evoque is expensive, and is for shoppers who want to make a statement. It starts at about $44,000 for the base model, and shoppers who can afford this frivolous SUV will be lured by its upscale standard amenities and one-of-a-kind exterior.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque starts at about $44,000, and with optional packages and trim upgrades, the Evoque can easily cost more than $50,000. If you like the Evoque, but it is out of your budget, consider the Infiniti EX. It starts at about $35,000, and like the Evoque, the EX prioritizes luxury. It comes standard with push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, a rearview monitor and satellite radio. With the EX, you’ll get comparable features and a standard V6 engine for less money.
A $44,000 base price won’t scare all shoppers, and if you fall into that group, check out the Audi Q5 3.2 FSI Prestige. This trim costs about $50,000 without options, and includes a panoramic sunroof, memory driver seat, DVD player, Bluetooth, navigation and satellite radio. An Evoque with these options would also cost about $50,000, but has a smaller engine.
The Infiniti EX and the Audi Q5 aren’t off-road vehicles like the Evoque, so if you want to go off the beaten trail in style, your only option is the Land Rover LR2. The LR2 starts at about $36,600, making it a lot more affordable than the Evoque, though it doesn’t come with standard Bluetooth or two USB ports. The LR2 has a wading depth of 19.7 inches, which is identical to the Evoque’s, and at 8.3 inches for front axle clearance and 10.4 inches for rear axle clearance, ride height is also comparable.
Details: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The all-new 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is available as a two-door or four-door SUV. The four-door is available in Pure, Prestige and Dynamic trims, and starts at about $44,000, making the Evoque very expensive for its class. The two-door coupe is $1,000 more and is only available in Pure and Dynamic trims.
All-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter inline turbo four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower come on all trims. Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which allows the driver to adjust the powertrain and suspension responses based on road conditions, is also standard.
- "Whether two- or four-door, the Evoque is destined to be a big hit for Land Rover. It melds an alluring, sturdy facade and smart, tech-laden interior with a robust, efficient powertrain and a rewarding, all-conquering chassis. Eliciting stares and cheers with the same ease that it dominates mountains and deserts with, the Evoque is indeed a rock star." -- Motor Trend
- "The 2012 Range Rover Evoque is an exceptionally good blend of daily practicality, luxury, performance and utility – in that order." -- Road and Track
- "Here's the production 2012 Range Rover Evoque in all its glory, and the LRX-inspired CUV is lighter, meaner and greener than anything to come from the Range Rover arsenal." -- Autoblog
- “Overall, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque offers up a lot more character than other vehicles in its class. But much as a Mini Cooper sacrifices functionality for fashion, so, too, does the Evoque. Relative to its main competitors - the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class - the Evoque loses out in terms of cargo space and, in the case of the Coupe, rear-seat access.” -- Edmunds