June 19, 2019 at 3:37 PM
Originally launched in 2011 following the LRX concept model, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque offered car buyers a 'baby Range Rover' and a more affordable way to access the brand.
The Evoque is credited with inventing the compact premium SUV, quickly becoming the most successful Land Rover to date. The first generation model remained on sale until 2019 when the Mk2 version was released; however, it did receive a mid-life makeover in 2015.
After its introduction into the UK market, the Evoque scooped the Auto Express Car of the Year award 2011 with many more accolades to follow. Buyers particularly praise its ability to combine practicality and comfort with style and luxury.
Trim Levels & Specification
The five-door version comes with the widest range of trims levels starting with the entry-level SE, up to the premium Autobiography. The three-door coupé starts at SE Tech specfication, whereas the Evoque convertible - which was introduced in 2017 - has a more limited range.
Even the basic SE is pretty well equipped, with leather seats, an 8" touchscreen with InControl Touch infotainment system, rear parking sensors and alloy wheels all included as standard.
SE Tech adds built-in satellite navigation and xenon headlights with high-beam assist. If you can live without these features, you might as well save yourself some money and stick with the SE trim level.
HSE Dynamic is the middle-of-the-range specification which provides larger alloy wheels, a bigger touchscreen and a better stereo and sat nav. It also adds a panoramic roof which brightens up the cabin (which can feel a tad claustraphobic) by flooding it with natural light.
The next level HSE Dynamic Lux boasts a surround camera system, keyless entry and Lane Keep Assist technology. The touchscreen is also upgraded to a dual-view version so the driver can follow sat nav instructions while the front passenger watches the digital TV.
Finally, at the top of the range, Autobiography trim has LED headlights and 14-way adjustable electric front seats. All of these added extras come at a cost, so it's worth decidin what features you really want and need before starting your search.
Engines & Performance
From the outset, the Evoque offered a 2.0-litre petrol (exclusively available as an automatic) or 2.2-litre diesel engine. Diesel versions came in six-speed manual 150bhp form with the option of front-wheel drive (eD4) - a first for Land Rover - or four-wheel drive (TD4).
There was also a 190bhp powertrain (SD4) which also had four-wheel drive with both manual and automatic gearboxes. Initially, the auto was a six-speed unit, but this was quickly replaced in 2013 with a more efficient nine-speed option.
The mid-life makeover in 2015 brought subtle changes to the design and also ushered in more efficient 2.0-litre diesel engines. The entry-level 148bhp eD4 is exclusively attached to the two-wheel drive versions.
The 178bhp TD4 suits those searching for more power and is the most popular option when paired with the automatic gearbox. The most powerful SD4 has two turbochargers allowing it to achieve 0-60mph in just 6.9 seconds.
Although powerful, the 237bhp Si4 turbocharged petrol engine is not very economical in terms of fuel and is only available on HSE Dynamic models across the five-door, coupé and convertible range.
MPG & Running Costs
Unless you actually plan to take your Evoque off-road - where it's better than all its rivals thanks to its Freelander heritage - there's no point going for the four-wheel drive model. The 178bhp TD4 engine returns a respectable 55mpg on the combined cycle and emits 134g/km of CO2.
If you want an Evoque to complete the school run in style and travel around town in comfort, then go for the front-wheel drive eD4 model. The 148bhp diesel engine manages an impressive 65.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 113g/km.
With CO2 emissions this low, it can cost as little as £30 to tax an Evoque for a year - as long as it was originally registered before 1st April 2017. After this date, you'll have to pay the flat rate of £145.
As mentioned above, the petrol engine is a thirsty unit, only returning 36.2mpg and emitting 199g/km of CO2. It's probably best to avoid these versions in most cases.
Reliability & Depreciation
From new, every Evoque comes with a three-year fully comprehensive unlimited-mileage manufacturer warranty. Although there have been a few recalls in the model's lifetime, Land Rover's reliability record is improving.
In 2011, it earned a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, scoring particularly highly for adult occupants and safety assist. In addition, the Evoque is packed with safety technology including Land Rover's patented Terrain Response system for safer off-road driving.
Essentially, the Evoque has sold as quickly as Land Rover can make them; it's been an extremely in-demand model which has helped it to enjoy an amazing 57.1% residual value after the first three years. Demand on the used market also remains high which is helping to maintain high resale values.
On the used market, you can expect to pay anything between £10,000 and £42,000 depending on the age, mileage, engine, gearbox and specification you're looking for.
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