According to Land Rover, the Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle the company has ever produced, measuring just 172 inches from head to toe. It was designed at the firm's Gaydon, England, facility and is produced in Halewood. The Evoque is largely based on the Land Rover LR2, itself riding on a Volvo-developed platform.
Stylistically a dead-ringer for the automaker's LRX concept car that debuted several years ago, the Evoque boasts a much more aggressive shape than any Land Rover vehicle before it.
Inside, the squared off, symmetrical dashboard theme isn't unlike that found on the LR4 and Range Rover. Interior technology includes dual-view display for eight-inch touch-screen and Surround Camera System. A full-sized glass panoramic roof enhances the sensation of space and comfort by flooding the interior with natural light, and offers greater headroom for all occupants.
The rear seats, with seat belts and head restraints for three passengers, have 60/40 folding seat squabs and are equipped with ISOFIX child seat mounts.
Whereas the Evoque Coupe is aimed at the style conscious, Land Rover says the five-door model is geared more toward young families. The five-door sports a slightly higher roofline than its three-door counterpart, which allows for added passenger and cargo room. Of course, there are also added doors in the rear for ease of entry.
Under the Hood
The U.S.-market Evoque five-door uses a 240 horsepower, 250 lb-ft of torque version of Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that motivates the Evoque from a dead stop to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the combo is good for an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Though the Evoque is hardly a dedicated off-road machine, its still more capable than most crossovers in the rough stuff thanks to new Active Driveline four-wheel drive system that switches to two-wheel drive when it senses the vehicle is traveling above 22 mph on a steady road. Four-wheel drive is automatically activated in 300 milliseconds when it is needed.
Torque vectoring and and a version of Land Rover's Terrain Response control are also available.
Make It Your Own
The Range Rover Evoque allows customers to specify many aspects of the cabin, with soft, premium leather and tailored, twin-needle stitching providing a luxurious finish to almost every surface of the instrument panel, doors and seats.
All Evoque models come standard with dual front, side, full-length side-curtain and knee airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.
Buyers can order a host of extra-cost electronic driving aids including Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Exit, Closing Vehicle Sensing, lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, a heads-up display, and a surround camera.