Range Rover Evoque review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Driving

Range Rover Evoque rear cornering
  • Range Rover Evoque front cornering
  • Range Rover Evoque rear cornering
  • Range Rover Evoque interior dashboard
  • Range Rover Evoque interior rear seats
  • Range Rover Evoque interior infotainment
  • Range Rover Evoque right tracking
  • Range Rover Evoque front cornering
  • Range Rover Evoque right static
  • Range Rover Evoque headlights detail
  • Range Rover Evoque rear lights detail
  • Range Rover Evoque alloy wheel detail
  • Range Rover Evoque PHEV charging socket
  • Range Rover Evoque interior front seats
  • Range Rover Evoque interior dashboard
  • Range Rover Evoque interior steering wheel detail
  • Range Rover Evoque boot open
  • Range Rover Evoque front cornering
  • Range Rover Evoque rear cornering
  • Range Rover Evoque interior dashboard
  • Range Rover Evoque interior rear seats
  • Range Rover Evoque interior infotainment
  • Range Rover Evoque right tracking
  • Range Rover Evoque front cornering
  • Range Rover Evoque right static
  • Range Rover Evoque headlights detail
  • Range Rover Evoque rear lights detail
  • Range Rover Evoque alloy wheel detail
  • Range Rover Evoque PHEV charging socket
  • Range Rover Evoque interior front seats
  • Range Rover Evoque interior dashboard
  • Range Rover Evoque interior steering wheel detail
  • Range Rover Evoque boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Most Range Rover Evoques have either a 2.0-litre petrol engine or a 2.0-litre diesel, with several power outputs to choose from. Logically enough, the petrols are prefixed with a 'P' and the diesels with a 'D'.

The P200 and D200 have similar 0-60mph times (8.0sec and 7.9sec), but the petrol has less low-down grunt and needs to be revved quite hard. That’s worth bearing in mind if you plan to tow a caravan or trailer. The P250 and P300 add more power and acceleration, but the Evoque isn't the sort of car that encourages you to drive quickly anyway, so we'd save the money.

Even if you go for a version with the relatively chunky 20in alloys (they're standard on R-Dynamic SE, R-Dynamic HSE and HST trims), ride comfort is far from a deal-breaker, but there is more fidget. The plug-in hybrid P300e is the least forgiving because of the added weight of its batteries, but is still not overly firm.

We've also tried the optional adaptive suspension, although only in combination with enormous 21in wheels – the largest you can have on your Evoque (and standard on Autobiography trim). Based on this limited experience, we'd say save yourself the money and stick with the very impressive standard suspension.

Range Rover Evoque rear cornering

Handling

The Evoque is no Porsche Macan through the corners but, like the XC40, it handles assuredly. There's a fair bit of body lean but no shortage of grip, and the steering is accurate and appropriately responsive – not too slow but not so quick that the car feels twitchy. The P300e feels a little less agile because of its extra weight, but is still perfectly fine.

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