Range Rover Evoque Road Test (2012)

Range Rover Evoque (Interior View) (2012)
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Range Rover Evoque Review

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The Range Rover Evoque was been tested by Euro NCAP in 2011, scoring an overall maximum five-stars.

Safety and Security

The Range Rover Evoque was tested by Euro NCAP in 2011, scoring an overall maximum five-stars. Adult Occupant 86%, Child Occupant 75%, Pedestrian 41% and Safety Assist 86%.

This compares to its rival the Audi Q5 which in 2009 also scored five stars - Adult Occupant 92%, Child Occupant 84%, Pedestrian 32% and Safety Assist 71%.

The Evoque is equipped with driver and passenger airbags, knee airbags, and side curtain and thorax airbags.

Like the larger Range Rovers, the Evoque is equipped with an electronic parking brake, activated via a switch in the centre console, which disengages automatically when the car moves off.

The Evoque is also equipped with other electronic active safety systems, including:

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS), Electronic brake force distribution (EBD), Emergency brake lights (EBL), Emergency brake assist (EBA) and Corner Brake Control (CBC).

Infotainment

Our test car was fitted with the Meridian surround sound system as part of the £4,425 Lux Pack, it outputs 825W peak and is rather good, and should satisfy all but the most fussy of audiophiles.

We also benefited from an 8-inch high-resolution dual-view touch-screen display with an analogue/digital television tuner. This allows the front seat passenger to watch TV or a video on the move whilst the driver can view the navigation screen. With infra-red controlled headphones on, the driver is not disturbed with the front seats passenger’s audio/visual choice. Overall the TV tuner is good but as you can imagine, it is difficult to watch one program over a long distance as the tuner seeks new transmitters.

The navigation system is supported by a hard disc drive – iPod connectivity, AUX, USB and 12v sockets allow easy connectivity and there is Bluetooth for phone and audio – oh and you also get a DAB tuner.

Rivals
  • Audi Q5
  • BMW X3
  • Volvo XC60
What We Liked
  • Packaging
  • Interior and Exteror Styling
  • Easy of Use
  • Fun to Drive, with great handling
  • Meridian surround sound system
What We Disliked
  • Engine/Gearbox can feel a little sluggish from low revs
  • Loss of exclusivity
What We Would Like To See
  • Hot Version - quicker version.
Conclusion

The Range Rover Evoque comes highly recommended but there is one caveat and that is fuel consumption, we had run a Range Rover Sport the week before which is not only heavier but more powerful and that was returning around 33 mpg where the Evoque was doing only around 28 mpg.

Plus it has now become very popular which depending on your point of view might be a negative point. Price wise depending on the specification the Evoque can be seen as expensive, especially the high end models, the options list is probably going to tug at the purse strings, we would have wanted all of the £5,880 extras but they really did add to the whole driving/owning experience.

12 December 2012 Melanie Carter
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Range Rover Evoque Road Test Data
Model ReviewedLand Rover Range Rover Evoque
  
Body TypeSUV
ColourBarolo Black
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.5 Seconds
Top Speed 121 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban36.2 mpg
Extra Urban49.6 mpg
Combined44.1 mpg
  
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty3 Years / unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 12/12/12)£39,995 plus £5,880 options

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