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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Performance

The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque earns reviewer praise as being one of the most off-road ready SUVs in the segment, and test drivers are impressed with its ability to tackle muddy, rutted roads. They agree that it has poised handling and controlled body motions on pavement as well. Some critics comment that it has a stiff ride, especially on models with 20-inch wheels. The Evoque gets good fuel economy for the class, and most auto journalists say it has ample power.

  • "In the civilized world, the Range Rover Evoque demonstrates a poise and level of ride and handling much more akin to a polished sports sedan. Body motions are measured and predictable, the steering firm and communicative and the power from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine abundant." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Furthermore, the Evoque rides quite firmly, and that's decidedly not an asset on rutted city streets." -- Edmunds
  • "Don't let the Evoque's stylish exterior fool you, however. This sleek little SUV is every bit a Land Rover, with standard all-wheel drive and a rugged LR2-based chassis and suspension to take it far off-road." -- AutoTrader

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Evoque comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower. The Autobiography trim has a 285-horsepower version of the same engine. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. At an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, the Evoque gets good fuel economy among other four-wheel drive SUVs in the class.

According to most reviewers, the Evoque has plenty of power for accelerating from a stop and passing on the highway, however, a few comment that the engine makes harsh noises. Others report that the nine-speed transmission’s abundance of gears contribute to the Evoque's good fuel economy at freeway speeds.

  • "The 240-hp turbo-4 produces adequate acceleration by the numbers, but it doesn't pour on the power in a smooth, linear fashion like BMW's identically rated 2.0-liter turbo, and it sounds raucous, too." -- Edmunds
  • "The 9-speed automatic seems like a bit of overkill, but it does help return impressive fuel economy when cruising along at 70, 75 or 80 mph." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The power produced by the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is impressive. Even with light application of the accelerator pedal, the Evoque eagerly rockets forward with relentless hp and torque." -- AutoTrader
  • "Light traffic meant I could stretch out the turbo four a bit on the freeway, and I found myself consistently surprised at my speeds -- the Evoque is one of those deceptively quick vehicles that gets moving faster than the aural and butt-dyno cues would suggest." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 Range Rover Evoque comes standard with four-wheel drive. Reviewers write that the Evoque has poised handling and well-weighted steering. Some critics mention that the Evoque has a firm ride and that models with optional 20-inch wheels can be uncomfortable. The Evoque's small size makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces, test drivers add.

  • "Drivers who are familiar with the driving characteristics of other Land Rovers will find the Evoque atypical. It's noticeably stiffer than you would expect over bumps and through the corners, but the suspension and chassis aren't overly rigid, just taut enough to allow the Evoque to handle with firm precision." -- AutoTrader
  • "Note that your choice of wheels and tires can have a big effect on ride quality, so if a comfortable, serene ride is important to you, we'd advise against the Dynamic's optional 20-inch wheels." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "You forget how small it is until you toss it about, turn a tight circle or park it." -- Cars.com (2012)

Off-Roading

The 2015 Range Rover Evoque comes standard with automatically engaging four-wheel drive, as well as Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which lets you choose drive modes for different types of terrain, including snow, mud and ruts, sand and gravel. Test drivers agree that the Evoque more than holds its own on muddy, rutted roads and is a better off-roader than most other SUVs in the class.

  • "Off-road, we were impressed at just how well our Evoque SUV handled mud, deep rutted back roads and slippery inclines. One or more wheels always seemed to find traction, and the competent suspension managed to absorb the brutal impacts that surpassed the Evoque's 8.3 inches of ground clearance." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Off-road capability typically isn't a priority for most shoppers in this segment, but for the record, the Evoque has above-average capability in off-pavement driving. A host of high-tech electronics and a capable all-wheel-drive system ensure that's the case." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 4/24/15

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