What's the used Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 like?
The idea of taking a luxury vehicle and shrinking it isn't new. It also doesn't always work, but the Range Rover Evoque has been a runaway success (unlike the late and not-so-lamented Austin Allegro Vanden Plas) because it preserves all the imperious qualities of the bigger Range Rover, while packaging this into an SUV of a smaller, more socially acceptable size.
Also in keeping with the times are the various engine options, especially the 305bhp plug-in hybrid system that provides 34 miles of electric-only driving. The bulk of used examples, though, have the regular petrol and diesel engines. To begin with, there were three power grades for both 2.0-litre petrol and diesel options. The petrol range consists of a 197bhp P200, 247bhp P250 and 296bhp P300, while diesel-lovers could pick between a 148bhp D150, 178bhp D180 and 237bhp D240. Merely a year after launch, the diesel range was revised to either a 163bhp D165 or 197bhp D200. Aside from some front-wheel drive versions of the D150 and D165, all have four-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Step up to S for larger 18in alloys, leather seats with 12-way electric adjustment for the front perches, plus an upgraded 'Pro' version of the infotainment system. SE adds 20in wheels, an electric tailgate, a digital instrument cluster and blindspot monitoring. Meanwhile, HSE has lumbar adjustment, a Meridian sound system, adaptive cruise and rear cross traffic alert.
R-Dynamic gives the Evoque a more sporting look and is available on S, SE and HSE trims. Top-tier Autobiography has 21in wheels, adaptive LED headlights and a panoramic glass roof along with cooled front seats and a heated steering wheel.
You'll enjoy high levels of refinement in an Evoque because road and engine din are well quelled, with only some wisps of wind to be heard. Indeed, it's probably best that you sit back and relax because no Evoque feels particularly rapid and those equipped with the automatic are also reluctant to change down a gear when you want a burst of acceleration. Nevertheless, ride quality is especially good on cars with 17 or 18in wheels, but larger wheels tend to exacerbate rougher road surfaces at lower speeds. The steering feels light, although it's a little too keen to self-centre. And traction in slippery conditions is excellent due to most versions getting four-wheel drive and grip levels are strong.
If you're after a commanding driving position, the Evoque is the SUV for you. Visibility is good aside from some fairly chunky roof pillars and a shallow rear window, but then there are parking sensors and cameras to mitigate some of those issues. Material quality is high, plus there's even the option of finding an Evoque with vegan-friendly Eucalyptus textile pack that doesn't incorporate any animal products.