Pros: Interior quality, Turbocharged engine, Respectable fuel economy; Standard features; Off-road capability; Stylish
Cons: Only room for four; Cargo space is limited; Poor outward visibility; Pricey
The 2012 Range Rover Evoque is a stylish alternative to other compact SUV’s and if you have always wanted a Range Rover, the Evoque means that you now have fewer excuses to get one. It may not be the most practical SUV on earth but it offers a lot of styles and a refined ride combined with Land Rovers off-road talents.
On the inside you will find the typical Range Rover cabin that is artfully crafted and well-assembled equipment using premium quality materials. Its unique styling has its drawbacks as it creates visibility restrictions through the rearview and when looking ahead through a corner. Going with the optional 360-degree camera system helps with the driver’s sightlines considerably. The rear seat is a bit cramped as well however the four-door model is more accommodating and the best choice for families.
The Evoque offers a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers good power and is reasonably efficient since it is much lighter than a giant Range Rover. It is a bit heavier than some rivals but it can easily stand toe-to-toe with many other sporting compact SUV’s. Land Rover’s Terrain Response system has several off-road modes that allow the driver to tailor the engine, transmission, stability and traction control responses to the varying types of terrain.
Although it may have the best off-road credentials in its class, the Evoque is best suited for a life on pavement. It is more nimble and responsive than the LR2 or the Range Rover Sport and its supple ride is perhaps one of the most comfortable in its class.
The 2012 Evoque is available in a four-door body style and a two-door coupe body style. Both are available in a single trim level. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lamps, a power liftgate, keyless ignition, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery with power front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an eleven-speaker sound system with a touchscreen interface, CD player, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Pure Premium Package adds a navigation system, a seventeen-speaker surround- sound system with a 10-disc CD changer and other various safety features. The Pure plus can be had with the Vision Assist Package that includes the Premium’s safety features without all of the extra bells and whistles. The navigation system is also a stand-alone option.
Adding the Dynamic package will get you all of the Premium’s equipment plus different 19-inch alloy wheels, unique interior and exterior trims, perforated leather upholstery and different color choices with the choice of a color contrasting roof. An available Adaptive Dynamics Package will add an adaptive suspension.
The top-of-the-line Prestige Package, which is available in the four door model only, gets premium leather upholstery, richer trims and additional front seat power adjustments.
A Comfort and Convenience Package that includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a heated windshield and heated washer nozzles can be added to every Evoque. A rear-seat entertainment system can be had in all package levels with the exception of the Pure Plus. Other stand-alone options include 20-inch alloy wheels, HD radio and satellite radio.
Standard safety features include Roll stability Control, Hill Decent Control, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, trailer sway control, rain sensing wipers and seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag and full-length curtain airbags. Front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are also standard.
A blind spot warning system, adaptive xenon headlights with automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights and a 360-degree parking camera system are standard when you add the Pre Premium Package.
Every new Land Rover or Land Rover Range Rover vehicle is covered by a New Vehicle Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, a 6 year/unlimited mileage corrosion perforation warranty and other various emissions warranties. While under warranty, your new Range Rover will be covered by Land Rover Road Side Assistance which will bring help 24 hours a day, anywhere in the US. Bring your Rang Rover into an authorized dealer within the first 12 months or 15,000 miles, whichever occurs first, and the first required maintenance will be performed free of charge.
MSRP- 2012 Range Rover Evoque:
|2012 Evoque Pure||$43,995|
|2012 Evoque Prestige||$52,395|
|2012 Evoque Dynamic||$51,495|
|2012 Evoque Coupe Pure||$44,995|
|2012 Evoque Coupe Dynamic||$52,895|
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Fuel Economy (city/highway)
Evoque and Evoque Coupe
2.0L Turbocharged Engine
6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Drive Select