What's the used Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 like?
It’s widely acknowledged that part of the reason for the extraordinary growth in popularity of the family SUV over recent years has been the attractive Tonka toy styling these cars enjoy. That being the case, the success of the chunky Range Rover Evoque over the past few years has come as no surprise to anyone; with its eye-catching, concept car styling, it still has the ability to turn heads and win hearts.
Its premium badge only adds to that appeal, as does its surprisingly good on-road and off-road capabilities. Beneath the skin, the Evoque, which comes in front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive forms, shares parts with the old Freelander, but, thanks to the extensive use of aluminium and plastics in the body, the newer car is lighter and more agile.
Its pricing puts it in competition with a wide variety of small SUVs: cheaper versions go head to head with the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, while top-spec Evoques are more in line with sporty SUVs such as the Porsche Macan.
Performance has always been good rather than stunning. The Evoque is available only with four-cylinder engines – petrol or, more popular, diesel – but you can pick an Evoque that offers pretty brisk straight-line pace or stick with the regular diesels if your priority swings more towards efficiency and miles per gallon. The manual is fine for those wanting to maximise fuel economy, but the automatic suits the premium SUV billing of the Evoque better. However, it's still not perfect and can be a little hesitant when pulling away at traffic lights or when merging onto a roundabout.
To drive, the Evoque is dynamically good enough for most tastes and is a handy size for those that have to park in tight city streets. However, while the quick steering means fewer turns are needed to slot it into a bay, it can make the car feel a tad nervous on faster roads, and the large door mirrors that aid visibility cause plenty of wind noise at motorway speeds. The ride is too firm when fitted with some of the larger wheel options, so we'd suggest choosing an example with 18in wheels to ensure you get a comfortable ride.
Interior accommodation is a bit of a mixed bag. Those in the front will appreciate the sleek design of the dashboard and the commanding seating position, but those behind them will be a feel a little short-changed for space because head, leg and shoulder room aren't great for taller people, and that's for the five-door version. The three-door Evoque is even less practical and is best avoided if you plan on carrying passengers regularly. The boot is pretty pokey in both versions, though.
There are plenty of trim levels to choose from, too, but, whichever one you find on the used car forecourt, you’ll still get a handsomely equipped car; even the entry-level SE version comes with plenty of kit.
Of course, its popularity means that used examples are highly sought after and not necessarily cheap to buy. Its showroom and visual appeal is still second to none, and its dynamics are able enough to make it the premium compact SUV of choice for many.
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