By Steve Wheeler
Advocate WHEELS editor
June 14, 2013
The Range Rover Evoque is a work of art from Land Rover, a company known for building fine off-road luxury vehicles. The Evoque is just as good as or better off the road than most other SUVs, but that’s not the most impressive thing about the 2013 Evoque.
We think the most impressive thing about the 2013 Range Rover Evoque is its dollar-for-dollar value. Our test Evoque had a base price of $41,145, which is considerably less than most people would think.
Of course, it’s easy to boost the bottom line considerably with option packages, but the Evoque still presents good value for the money.
Right out the gate, the Evoque is a beautiful SUV with a standard glass ceiling – not the 2-foot-wide kind that teen-agers on spring break stick their heads out of, but a massive non-opening skyroof. Stretching past the second row, this top makes everyone in the vehicle feel like they’re in a convertible without the wind and noise.
We had perfect weather for our test week – not the mid-90 degree temperatures of south Louisiana summers – but the glass roof is tinted to help keep things cool inside the cabin. Plus, there’s a
power sliding shade that blocks out the sun.
The Evoque’s turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine kicks out 240 horsepower and sends 250 lb.-ft. of twist to 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The powertrain has settings for normal, sport and manual shifting. The Evoque is surprisingly quick and agile, something its Land Rover siblings don’t do as well. The Evoque also has permanent all-wheel drive with traction control, one of the best safety features around.
Our test Evoque rolled on 19-inch alloy wheels that complemented the Evoque’s sporty exterior style. The roofline actually appears to slope down from front to back, mainly because of the shorter rear windows. Front row headroom is excellent, although the rear seats are a bit cramped. A power tailgate is standard.
Land Rover has also installed a new camera system in the Evoque, giving the driver a range of choices when it comes to seeing what’s outside of the vehicle. Cameras front, back and sides enable the driver to see 360 degrees around the car, even when it is motion. The cameras are great, but we’d prefer that they were all linked together around an icon for the car. Infiniti does that, and in our opinion, it’s the best camera system on the
Our five-door Evoque test vehicle came in what Land Rover calls “Indus Silver,” with a smooth, luxurious cream colored leather interior. Seats were firm and comfortable and the ride quality was excellent.
Inside the cabin, the Evoque has top notch comfort and convenience features to go along with its technology.
Press the pushbutton starter and a round shifter knob rises from the center console. It’s an intuitive dial, and by the end of our test week, we didn’t even have to look down at the knob to shift. Turn the key off, and the shifter dial settles back down into the console.
Standard inside the Evoque are dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel with controls, power seats, cruise control, one-touch power windows, adjustable ambient lighting, a 5-inch driver information center, a 380-watt sound system with 11 speakers, CD/MP3, Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, an auxiliary jack and an 8-inch high-res color touch screen.
HDD Navigation comes in the expensive Prestige Premium Package ($10,400), which also adds numerous other interior features and Xenon headlamps. Sirius Satellite HD Radio adds another $750.
Decked out with these features and others, our test Evoque had a bottom line of $54,138, which includes freight.
2013 Range Rover Evoque 5-door
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylindern
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
- Test model base price: $41,145 ($54,138 with all options and freight)
- EPA mileage rating: 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway