New Range Rover Evoque Vehicle 2012
Blurring the lines between compact crossover and luxury coupe vehicle, the all-new Evoque is Range Rover's smallest, sportiest SU-vehicle to date. Available in either a three-door or five-door model, Range Rover's "crossover coupé" features bold styling and a lively, 240-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes driving about town a blast. However, lest you think that Range Rover has gone soft, the Evoque Coupe is equally as comfortable in the mud and the muck thanks to advanced off-road features like Land Rover's carefully-tested Terrain Response system.
By sticking close to its original concept, Land Rover vehicle produced a striking design with the Evoque .
The front of the Evoque carries the Land Rover grille, if on a reduced scale, but the racy side profile retains much of the look of the LRX concept on which the car is based. And the rear window has the sunglasses look of the new Jaguar XJ.
It is a good-looking car, and the interior also more than met my expectations of luxury vehicle. The Evoque has a simple and well-ordered interior. Thick leather covers the seats and the metal grilles over the speakers look like serious business. White crystals stud the gauge faces and a piece of glass the size of a door serves for a roof.
The Evoque uses a dial for its drive selector, similar to Jaguar models, with buttons for selecting different off-road programs.
The tendency to lunge was uncomfortable, but the car was still drivable. And in the dense urban environment, I definitely appreciated its size and excellent turning radius. The ride felt solid, easily soaking up the bumps. There was no softness in the suspension; the tuning felt rigid to give it better cornering performance. As CNET's review car was the low trim, called Pure, it did not have the magnetic suspension control mentioned above, just a fixed system that Land Rover had to tune to the best compromise between sport and comfort.
The higher engine speeds of freeway driving masked any lunging, and the Evoque felt like it would be a nice car for a road trip. Land Rover gives it a full cabin tech suite, although being a smaller company it does not push the envelope as Audi does. The center touch-screen LCD defaulted to a home screen, which came off as a bit cluttered with its large buttons for navigation, audio, and the phone system, alongside smaller buttons for a variety of other functions.
Land Rover gives the various menus and onscreen buttons neat animations, easing transitions between screens but at the same time getting in the way of a quick response. I quickly found the setting that let me turn the animations off. But even with that, the touch screen was often slow to respond to button presses. Even entering an address with the onscreen keyboard involved a little wait time.
Technical Specifications Range Rover Evoque Vehicle
Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 3-door crossover
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with direct injection
Horsepower: 240 hp
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
Curb weight: 3,616 lbs
Length/Width/Height: 171.5/77.4/63.2 in
Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution; brake assist; corner brake control
Suspension: independent front and rear with long-travel coil springs; front and rear anti-roll bars
Traction: Adaptive Dynamics with MagneRide; Land Rover Terrain Response; dynamic stability control with traction control
0-60: 7.1 seconds
Top Speed: 135 mph
EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg
Safety: park assist; blind spot monitoring system; driver and passenger airbags; knee airbags; side curtain and thorax airbags
Likes: style; off-road capability; ease of driving
Dislikes: cramped back seat; not sure about the all-glass roof
The good: The 2012 Range Rover Evoque vehicle uses direct injection and a turbo to get 240 horsepower out of its 2-liter engine. Its all-wheel-drive system has programs for different conditions. Exterior styling is unique and attractive.
The bad: The transmission has difficulty settling on a gear. Touch-screen response times were slow.
The bottom line: The 2012 Range Rover Evoque is a luxurious vehicle and striking SUV with off-road chops and good-quality, if not cutting-edge, cabin tech.
Warranty/Service: four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; six-year/unlimited-mile corrosion perforation warranty; 24-hour road recovery service
Base Price: $44,145 / As Tested: $59,020