The Evoque is the most affordable Range Rover, and many consider it to be one of the most desirable cars in the class, so resale values are very strong. It isn’t exactly cheap to buy, though, being priced more in line with larger SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 than similar-sized rivals like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. We’d certainly avoid the range-topping trims, but cheaper versions – particularly the SE Tech – make sense financially.
The 2.0-litre diesel models are pretty efficient, particularly the front-wheel-drive (eD4) version, but all are worth considering for company car users looking for low emissions and tax.
Avoid the petrol Evoque, though; it’s expensive to buy and run and won’t hold its value as well as the diesels, and if you have that much money to spend there are better alternatives.
Entry-level SE cars come with plenty of luxuries, including climate control, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, 18in alloys, heated front seats – with electric adjustment for the driver – and an 8.0in colour touchscreen.
Simply adding sat-nav to SE is a good way to get all the kit that most buyers are likely to need, but we reckon SE Tech makes the most sense because it brings sat-nav, xenon headlights, some subtle styling upgrades, and an electric adjustable passenger seat.
HSE Dynamic and Dynamic Lux add lots of lavish extras, but the enormous jump in price makes them very hard to recommend.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque reliability
Land Rover was ranked a disappointing 27th out of 37 cars rated in our most recent reliability survey, and the Evoque itself has been rated average at best for reliability in other ownership surveys. Problems with the exterior lights, rear wiper, rattling seats and poor radio reception are amongst the most common complaints.
A three-year, unlimited mileage warranty betters the standard 60,000-mile limit offered by many rivals, but there is no set-price extended warranty; you have to negotiate one with your dealer. You do, however, get three year’s roadside assistance including UK and European cover included in the warranty.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque safety & security
The Evoque gets seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, while stability control, hill-hold assist (which brakes the car automatically for a few moments to prevent you rolling backwards when pulling away on a hill), and tyre-pressure monitoring are standard. You even get trailer stability assist, which uses the car’s stability control systems to automatically help correct a trailer if it starts to weave.
However, despite a five-star Euro NCAP overall rating, the Evoque didn’t do as well on adult, child and pedestrian protection as some of its rivals. In particular, it lost points for providing only average whiplash protection in rear-end shunts, and also for not displaying clearly enough whether the passenger airbag was switched on or off, or the dangers of using rear-facing child-seats without first switching off the appropriate airbag.
All Evoque models come with lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking that works at motorway speeds as well as around town. Blind-spot warning is standard on the range-topping trims, and optional on all others. Traffic sign recognition – which displays the speed limit on the driver’s display – is also available as an option on all but Dynamic Lux and Autobiography trims, which get it as standard.
An alarm and immobiliser are included across the range, and Thatcham rates the Evoque highly for resistance to break-ins and theft.
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This is the cheapest trim, and is the one to go for provided you’re not set on having sat-nav, as it comes with more than just the essential kit. Heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, 18in alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, a multi-function steering wheel and front rear parking sensors are all thrown in. You also get Bluetooth, a DAB radio, a USB socket, an eight-speaker sound system, and an 8.0in colour touchscreen through which all the infotainment features are controlled. Sat-nav is a reasonably priced option.
Our pick SE Tech
Our favourite trim gets everything that’s standard on the SE, but adds sat-nav, a heated windscreen, an electrically adjustable passenger seat, interior and exterior styling tweaks, and xenon (instead of halogen) headlights. Better still, it keeps the price from straying too far into the territory of bigger and better rivals.
This trim adds mostly style tweaks, such as illuminated tread plates and 20in alloys, but it also gets an upgraded audio system, full electric seat adjustment (including lumbar support) and more sumptuous leather. However, it’s a big jump up in price from SE Tech, and isn’t worth the extra unless you really like the looks.
HSE Dynamic Lux
Adds a fixed panoramic glass roof, a self-parking system, audio system upgrade and blind-spot monitoring among other upgrades. However, it pushes the Evoque’s price into territory that it struggles to compete in.
This range-topping trim is too pricey for us to recommend. It gets bespoke styling, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, an Oxford leather interior and fancy touches, such as illuminated ‘Autobiography’ tread plates. The InControl Connect Pack (which can turn the car into a Wifi hotspot) also comes as standard.