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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

$41,800 - $65,600
Price Range (MSRP)
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review: Going Out In Style

by Jay Traugott

For a compact SUV that is close to a decade old, the Land Rover Evoque has aged remarkably well. It still manages to turn heads, at least in terms of its stylishness. Once you look past the surface, however, its age starts to show. It lacks many of the advanced tech features modern buyers are coming to expect from luxury SUVs, although some can be found on the very pricey upper trims. The base 237-horsepower turbo-four engine is surprisingly effective on the crossover, making the much more expensive 286-hp variant a bit redundant, but neither engine is as efficient as those available to rivals like the BMW X3 or Audi Q3. And, while the Land Rover may be quite spacious inside with slightly above-average cargo space, it simply doesn't keep up well enough with competitors to ask for $41,800 as a starting price.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Range Rover Evoque?

With an impending redesign planned for 2020, the Range Rover Evoque receives only the most minor of changes for 2019. The infotainment interface has been touched up with better graphics, new colors have been added to the exterior paint palette, and new wheels designs or available on the SE Premium.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful base engine with higher output option available
  • Attractive design inside and out
  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Capable off-roader
  • Adequate towing capacity
  • Rear seats are a bit cramped
  • Somewhat stiff ride
  • High starting price compared to rivals
  • Lower fuel economy than rivals

Range Rover Evoque Exterior

The handsome style of the Evoque has always been a large part of its appeal. No unnecessary angles intrude on the sleek sheet metal, and even the standard halogen headlights seem to be a part of the curve of the hood, with a slim grille separating them. The standard model rides on 18-inch wheels, while 20-inch wheels are reserved for the top-most trim, keeping things modest and efficient across the range. The rear fascia is slightly bulkier than the front, but it manages to avoid that boxy feel that so many crossovers fall victim to.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front View Driving
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front Angle View
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Dimensions

The SUV is 172 inches in length, with a 104.7-inch wheelbase. With mirrors folded, the Evoque is quite broad at 78.1 inches wide, and is 64.4 inches tall. Unsurprisingly, the large SUV weighs in on the heavier side, with a starting curb weight of 3,865 lbs, which increases to 4,045 lbs on the heaviest guise. While not expressly designed with it in mind, the Land Rover is capable of off-roading, with a ground clearance of 8.3 inches and approach and departure angles of 23.2 degrees and 33 degrees, respectively.

Exterior Colors

A total of 12 colors comprise the palette for the Evoque. These choices are split into three categories, with Fuji White and Narvik Black forming the solid colors. Metallic paints add $610 to the bill and include Yulong White, Indus Silver, Corris Grey, Santorini Black, Loire Blue, Firenze Red, and Kaikoura Stone. The premium Metallic palette is unlocked by spending an additional $1,325, and comprises Silicon Silver, Carpathian Grey, and Phoenix Orange.

  • Indus Silver Metallic
  • Corris Grey Metallic
  • Santorini Black Metallic
  • Loire Blue Metallic
  • Firenze Red Metallic
  • Yulong White Metallic
  • Kaikoura Stone Metallic
  • Moraine Blue Premium Metallic
  • Silicon Silver Premium Metallic
  • Carpathian Grey Premium Metallic
  • Fuji White
  • Narvik Black

Range Rover Evoque Performance

Capable, both on and off-road, the Land Rover is a fun drive with its powerful turbo-four and its capable terrain management system. While 237 horsepower doesn't sound like it should be enough, the Evoque is lighter than it looks in most configurations, and even this base engine can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in a decent seven seconds. A top speed of 135 mph is nothing to sniff at for such a large vehicle.

Still, if you want to shave a second off that acceleration time, you can opt for the pricier re-tuned engine, which adds 49 hp and delivers a total 295 lb-ft of torque (up 44 lb-ft). The stronger powertrain setup only adds an extra nine mph to the max speed, but this is largely academic. Regardless of which engine you choose, the SUV is certainly not slow for the segment, managing to beat the Volvo XC40 in its base form, while being on par with the Audi Q3 - although the higher-tuned engine bests the German SUV. The max towing capacity of 3,968 lbs is also somewhere in the middle of the segment, with the Evoque once again beating the Volvo, but losing to the Audi.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front View Driving
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front View Driving
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Badge

Engine and Transmission

Only one engine is offered across the Evoque range, although it is available in two states of tune. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, in its standard setup directs 237 hp and 251 lb-ft to all four wheels. Regulating the power is a capable and smooth nine-speed ZF automatic transmission. While the base engine configuration might be weaker, it is still more than capable of moving the compact SUV with surprising efficiency. Acceleration isn't the fastest in the segment, but it's still brisk and getting around town or passing on the highway requires no significant effort.

Still, you can add some power with the re-tuned variant available to the HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trims. With a total of 286 hp and 295 lb-ft, these models get up to speed a little faster, and can more easily deliver their power even when at higher speeds, making merging and passing on the highway a breeze. Ultimately, however, the minor increases in power aren't extremely noticeable, and the bump in price of $3,000 is quite a big ask to ask.

  • Engine
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    4X4

Handling and Driving Impressions

Considering its size, the Range Rover handles remarkably well, bordering on sporty. The steering is responsive, but it doesn't tell you as much about what's going on with the wheels as we'd like, especially for a vehicle that boasts off-roading capabilities. Still, it remains relatively composed over extremely rough terrain. However, regular road abrasions can upset the car's composure, and the large standard wheels don't help the SUV's case either. Opting for the even larger 20-inch alloys on the top trims definitely doesn't improve matters..

The brakes are remarkably strong, responding quickly to input without feeling overly grabby. The sharp steering and strong brakes combined with a well-composed chassis give the compact SUV quite nimble handling dynamics, allowing it to act almost like an oversized sedan rather than a lumbering crossover.

All this athleticism with a relatively stiff suspension may lead you to believe that the Evoque might be a bit turbulent inside, but the cabin manages to insulate passengers well with soft, supportive seats. The interior also remains quite well-insulated in terms of noise, with only small amounts of road noise intruding from time to time. The coarse engine can be a bit annoying, but it isn't so loud that the sound system can't keep it under wraps.

Range Rover Evoque Gas Mileage

Regardless of tuning, the engine is not the most efficient, managing a middling 22/29/25 mpg over the city/highway/combined cycles in its standard guise. On the plus side, the higher-tuned variant is only marginally thirstier at 21/29/24 mpg. Compared to rivals like the Volvo XC40 (23/31/26 mpg) and the Audi Q3 (19/27/22 mpg), the Evoque is quite average. This is especially true when you consider that the engine runs on premium gasoline, where some rivals manage better figures on regular gasoline. However, where the Range Rover does beat many rivals is with its large fuel tank. With an 18.1-gallon tank, the SUV can cover up to 453 miles between refuels.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.1 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/29 mpg
* 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SE

Range Rover Evoque Interior

The interior is quite well-appointed for a vehicle that boasts sporty handling and capable off-roading skills. It has a stylish design with well-chosen materials and is also more spacious than it appears from the outside; and, while those up front will have little reason to complain, the rear seats are a little more cramped than what some rivals offer, and they can be tricky to access. The infotainment is also not up to scratch when compared to the more refined systems available in the BMW X3 or Audi Q3. We can only hope the 2020 Evoque puts more thought into the layout of its controls.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Dashboard
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Steering Wheel
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Infotainment System
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Seating and Interior Space

With a bit more room to spare than in the convertible variant, the standard Evoque has seating appointments for up to five passengers. There is enough headroom in the front for even taller adults, which goes for legroom too. The rear seats are a little less accommodating, losing only a few inches for headroom, but sacrificing a lot more down below. The panoramic sunroof that comes on the upper trim levels steals a few inches of headroom for both the front and back seats. It's quite easy to find a good driving position, at least, thanks to the commanding positioning of the front seats and the standard 12-way power-adjustability, and forward visibility is good. Rear visibility can be strained, however, so it's a pity that blind-spot monitoring is only standard on the upper trims.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The interior of the cabin is stylish, leather upholstery coming standard even on the base trim. Perforated grained leather is available on the mid-range rims, while Windsor leather is present in the top-tier trims. Seats are available in a wide range of colors, with notable options including Ebony, Almond, Cirrus, dual-tone Ivory/Espresso and Ivory/Dark Cherry. The carpeting is available in either Ebony, Espresso, Lunar or Dark Cherry, while the headlining can be presented in Ebony, Ivory or Cirrus. The cabin is well-built and most surfaces are covered in soft-touch materials that give the interior a real quality feel.

Range Rover Evoque Trunk and Cargo Space

Trunk space isn't a problem in the Evoque, even if some rivals offer more. Behind the rear seats, you will find 20.3 cubic feet of storage space, easily accessed through the large hatch-style liftgate. The upper trims offer a hands-free power liftgate for even easier access. This space is enough for a dozen carry-on-sized bags, and can easily accommodate an entire month's worth of grocery shopping or the whole family's luggage for a weekend away. Still, if you need more space, the rear seats fold down in a 60/40-split to open up a total of 51 cubic feet. Rivals like the Audi Q3 offer more standard space at 23.7 cubic feet as standard, with 48 cubic feet with the rear seats down.

Due to the relative spaciousness of the interior, you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that there would be plentiful small-item storage, but that is not the case. The door pockets are quite narrow and the center armrest storage compartment is modest at best. A few cup holders up front and a standard glove compartment are probably your best bets for accessible storage space.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Side View
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front Angle View
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Rear Angle View

Range Rover Evoque Infotainment and Features

Features

A long list of features is available across the Evoque range, even if the base model is quite sparsely equipped. Standard features include push-button start, 12-way power front seats, 12-volt power outlets, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front and rear parking assist, and a rearview camera. Higher up the trim levels, more features are made available, including keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate, 14-way heated power front seats with memory and massage functions, a heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera, and automatic parking. Optional packages can also add climate-controlled front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display.

Infotainment

Despite receiving some minor improvements for the new year, the infotainment suite could still do with some refinement as it can sometimes be tricky to operate. The standard interface is an eight-inch touchscreen display, which supports Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, navigation and InControl Apps. As standard, an eight-speaker sound system channels the music throughout the cabin. The upper trims come equipped with a larger 10-inch touchscreen display, combined with a 10-speaker Meridian sound system providing crisp audio that now accommodates CD/DVD audio. The 16-speaker Meridian Surround sound system, which comes standard on the top-tier Autobiography, gets access to SiriusXM. With the system being as old as it is, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not standard on any trim level, but can be added with the optional features. A Wi-Fi hotspot is also available.

Range Rover Evoque Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power has not evaluated the Evoque for dependability, but the vehicle has not received many complaints. Also, this model has not been subject to recalls for the 2019 production cycle, although it was recalled twice in 2018: for fuel leaks in the engine compartment and for incorrect tire pressure monitoring system settings. Land Rover offers basic and drivetrain warranties for 50,000 miles or 48 months, as well as roadside assistance for the same period.

Range Rover Evoque Safety

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has rated the Range Rover Evoque for safety, but it has received a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

Key Safety Features

Standard safety features comprise four-wheel ABS, EBD, DSC, traction control, EBA and eight airbags: front, front knee, front side and side curtain. Standard driver-assistance features include front and rear parking assist and a rearview camera, with available blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera, and automatic parking assist.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque a good SUV?

The Range Rover Evoque is quite unique within the segment, but it doesn't stand out for its performance or utility. What makes it appealing is its stylish design, both inside and out, and its surprisingly athletic handling.

While it doesn't come particularly well-equipped as standard, the compact SUV can offer most of what you'd expect from a modern crossover, but it's going to cost you. Add to that the relatively poor fuel economy compared to rivals, and Land Rover is asking quite a lot from you. Still, for a vehicle that offers enough utility for the average Joe, and pretty capable off-roading talent for the wilder Joe, it may still be worth the investment.

If you want a car that feels more like you're getting what you pay for, then the rival compacts from Audi or BMW might be more up your alley, but if you like the cut of the Evoque jib, and it's sassy handling, then we certainly wouldn't hold it against you for opting for this lesser-known gem in the segment.

What's the Price of the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque?

With a starting MSRP of $41,800, the Land Rover Evoque is not overly pricey, although what you get for that price is relatively minimal. Upgrading the SE Premium adds only a few additional features, but bumps the price up to $45,900, while the Landmark Edition adds another $2,500 for purely cosmetic changes. The HSE gets access to some of the more advanced features available to the Evoque, and breaks the $50k barrier at $51,100. The HSE Dynamic makes mostly aesthetic changes but comes with the 286-hp engine, which adds a few thousand to the bill, bringing it up to $54,300. The top-tier Autobiography comes with almost all the bells and whistles you can get in this SUV, minus the tuned engine. Getting behind the wheel of this beauty will set you back $62,600, and if you really want the extra horsepower, you can get the more powerful engine for an extra $3k. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and destination charges.

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Models

Land Rover's spritely compact SUV is available in six trim levels: the SE, SE Premium, Landmark Edition, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography. All six models share the same standard engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 237 hp and 251 lb-ft to all four wheels. However, the HSE Dynamic and Autobiography get accessed to a more powerful version of the same engine, which develops a slightly higher 286 hp and 295 lb-ft. Regardless of which powertrain you choose, it comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The base SE comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition, hill descent control and Land Rover's All-Terrain Progress Control. Standard features comprise dual-zone climate control, 12-way power front seats, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, an eight-inch touchscreen display and an eight-speaker sound system.

When you upgrade to the SE Premium, you get xenon headlights, fog lights, keyless entry, front seat memory functions, a hands-free power liftgate and a panoramic sunroof.

The Landmark bears the same equipment as the SE Premium but gets unique styling elements such as a Carpathian Grey contrast roof, 19-inch Style 707 wheels with Gloss Dark Grey finish and a Graphite Atlas trim across the board. Dark Satin Brushed Aluminum trim inside the cabin is also part of the package.

The HSE expands the driver-assist features with blind-spot monitoring and reverse cross-traffic alert, while upgrading the standard navigation to Navigation Pro and installing a larger 10-inch touchscreen and a 10-speaker Meridian sound system. This model sports 19-inch wheels as standard.

The HSE Dynamic gets unique styling elements in the form of Narvik Black hood vents and a Bright square exhaust finisher. Most of the body elements - grille, tow eye finishers, and mirror caps - also receive the Narvik Black makeover.

The top-tier Autobiography is equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, 14-way climate-controlled power front seats with massage functions, parking assist, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, driver condition monitoring and a surround-view camera. It also receives the 16-speaker Meridian surround sound system.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SE
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$41,800
SE Premium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$45,900
Landmark Edition
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$48,400
HSE
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$51,100
HSE Dynamic
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Four-Wheel Drive
$54,300
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Additional Packages

While the lower-level trims aren't particularly well-equipped, there are not that many optional packages available to the Evoque range. But if you really don't wish to work your way through to the upper trim levels, you can choose from a few packages to help close the gaps. The Advanced Driver Assistance Package is available from the SE Premium through to the HSE Dynamic, and comprises park assist, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, driver condition monitoring, 360-degree parking aid, a surround-view camera, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beam assist. The Cold Climate Convenience package is available to all but the Autobiography trim and includes a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and heated rear seats.

What Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Model Should I Buy?

The Evoque quickly picks up in price as you move through the trim levels, so choosing the right model for your needs is important. Sadly the base SE simply lacks too many of the features we have come to expect as standard on modern compact SUVs, but the upper trims are really expensive for what they offer. We suggest meeting in the middle with the HSE, as it adds useful driver-assist features and sees the infotainment get the upgrades it deserves. The 19-inch wheels are a compromise we are willing to make.

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 has an almost identical starting price to the Evoque, but for your money, you get a lot more value. It comes standard with a stronger turbo four-cylinder engine that develops 248 hp and 273 lb-ft that accelerates to 60 mph a full second faster than the base Evoque. It isn't quite as capable on the road, but for regular daily use the Q5 is more than adequate. The Audi also comes equipped with more standard tech features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as larger trunk space. Overall, the German SUV is a more well-rounded and feels slightly more refined with its minimalist and logical cabin.

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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque vs Land Rover Range Rover Velar

The Velar is the larger, better-equipped sibling to the Evoque. It asks for $10k more on the starting price than the compact SUV, but in return, you get a more refined driving experience and a choice of several engines to suit your needs. The standard turbo-four offers marginally better power outputs than the one found in the smaller Evoque, yet the Velar manages to eke out almost identical mileage. The optional turbo-diesel engine provides more competitive fuel economy, while the potent 380-hp turbocharged V6 engine gives the SUV an impressive kick. In terms of standard tech, the Velar doesn't offer that much more than the Evoque, but its safety suite is a bit more extensive. The interior is equally spacious and comfortable with a larger 34.4-cubic foot trunk, stressing the vehicle's luxury factor where the Evoque offers more sportiness on the road and better off-road capability. If you want style and features for days, then the Velar is the better choice, but the Evoque is the better driver.

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