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2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: New Car Review

If you’re looking for information on a newer Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

After a successful introduction, the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque continues to be an unbridled success, bringing a fresh new look and a modern platform to a storied brand. With the Evoque, Land Rover has masterfully incorporated radical good looks and a modern unit-body design with the traditional off-road ability expected of a vehicle wearing the Land Rover badge.

The all-wheel-drive Evoque has several characteristics that set it apart from the competition. Perhaps the most notable is its interior, which features excellent build quality, fine materials and pleasing aesthetics. Even in base trim, the Evoque’s interior is stunning, with soft-touch materials, brushed aluminum trim and an automatic gear selector that rises out of the center console.

Available as a 3-door coupe or 5-door SUV, the Evoque is intended to lure in younger buyers whose budgets can’t quite accommodate a pricy Range Rover Sport or LR4. With a starting price at just under $42,500, the Evoque may very well be the best-looking bargain in the Land Rover fleet.

What’s New for 2016?

The 2016 Range Rover Evoque sees its trim designations brought in line with the rest of the Land Rover fleet and receives some updated styling both inside and out. An improved infotainment system and gesture-activated rear lift gate join the list of new features, while driver assistance aids are expanded to include lane-keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, Driver Condition Monitoring, a head-up display and the 360-degree Surround Camera system. See the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque models for sale near you

What We Like

Distinctive styling; responsive handling; powerful; fuel efficient

What We Don’t

Significant road noise; small interior space; no locking differentials; high base price compared to Audi or BMW models

How Much?

$42,470-$70,000

Fuel Economy

Under the hood of the 2016 Range Rover Evoque is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine sourced from Ford but with a number of Land-Rover-inspired improvements. The peppy 2.0-liter produces 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Evoque can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in an impressive 7.1 seconds. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates its fuel economy at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Standard Features & Options

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes in two body styles and five trims. The 5-door model is offered in SE, SE Premium, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography, while the coupe is offered only in SE Premium trim.

The Evoque SE ($42,025) features a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, Terrain Response driver-selectable all-wheel drive, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding side mirrors, keyless entry and starting, 18-inch wheels, perforated leather seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power front seat with 4-way power lumbar control, front and rear parking sensors, a rear backup camera, an 11-speaker 380-watt Meridian sound system, 8-in touchscreen audio with InControl Plus, Bluetooth and a USB/iPod interface.

The Evoque SE Premium (5-door: $46,670; coupe: $47,670) adds bi-xenon headlights with LED surrounds and power washers, front fog lights, a gesture-activated lift gate, premium HDD navigation, driver’s-seat memory and InControl apps. The coupe adds InControl Plus apps and InControl Protect and Remote.

The Evoque HSE ($51,470) adds a fixed panoramic glass moonroof with a power shade, 19-in wheels, automatic high-beam assist, Oxford leather seating, heated front seats, configurable mood lighting and a blind spot monitoring system with rear-cross traffic detection.

The Evoque Dynamic HSE ($54,770) offers the same features as the HSE but with more exterior and interior trim and color choices, Adaptive Dynamics including Dynamic Mode, illuminated tread plates, an aero rear flip spoiler and bright exhaust finishers.

The Evoque Autobiography ($61,770) adds a full Oxford leather interior, a 825-watt 17-speaker Meridian audio system, unique 20-in wheels and unique Autobiography exterior treatment.

Option packages for the Range Rover Evoque include the Cold Climate package (a heated windshield, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and heated windshield washer jets) and the SE Driver Assistance package (a blind spot monitoring system with a closing-vehicle sensor, automatic high beams and rear-cross traffic detection). The HSE Driver Assistance package adds the Surround View camera and parallel and perpendicular park assist, while the Driver Assistance Plus package brings a head-up display and LED adaptive front lighting. The Luxury Seating package adds heated and ventilated front seats with adjustable side bolsters, heated rear outboard seating, a heated steering wheel and heated windshield washers.

Options include a rear-seat entertainment system, Wi-Fi, 825-watt Meridian audio, lane-departure warning, autonomous emergency braking and upgraded interior and exterior trim.

Safety

The Evoque is loaded with many advanced safety technologies, including anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake lights and emergency brake assist, corner brake control, dynamic stability control, roll stability control, trailer-stability assist, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, gradient-release control and engine-drag torque control.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash-tested the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.

Behind the Wheel

Drivers who are familiar with the driving characteristics of other Land Rovers will find the Evoque atypical. It’s noticeably stiffer than you would expect over bumps and through the corners, but the suspension and chassis aren’t overly rigid, just taut enough to allow the Evoque to handle with firm precision.

The power produced by the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is impressive. Even with light application of the accelerator pedal, the Evoque eagerly rockets forward with relentless hp and torque. Typically, we love peppy, energetic vehicles, but in the Evoque it almost feels like overkill. It’s not the performance that bothers us, but whenever the turbocharger kicks in, we know fuel economy suffers. Very tender throttle input is needed to keep the Evoque from coming up short of its EPA fuel economy ratings.

The interior of the 2016 Range Rover Evoque is a visual masterpiece and extremely comfortable. Surprisingly, though, the cabin suffers from more road noise than we’d expect in a luxury-oriented vehicle, especially on the highway. In most small SUVs, this may be acceptable, but at the $43,000 mark, we would hope for more sound insulation. Additionally, at idle the 4-cylinder makes a slight vibration that finds its way into the cabin through the seats. The vibration makes it feel like the Evoque is fitted with a less-refined diesel instead of a modern gasoline engine.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Volvo XC60 — Starting at around $35,000, the XC60 is powered by a 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. With striking body lines, the same hp rating and a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the XC60 is a strong competitor for the Evoque.

2016 BMW X5 — The X5 is fitted with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The interior of the X5 might not be as stunning as the Evoque’s is, but it is slightly larger and more livable.

2016 Audi Q5 — The base Q5’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine only makes 220 hp. An available supercharged V6 packs 272 hp, but fuel economy suffers. The Q5 also offers a diesel-engine option. Audi’s world-renowned quattro all-wheel-drive system is also standard.

Used Porsche Cayenne — A 2010-2013 Porsche Cayenne offers more power and options, as well as better performance.

Autotrader’s Advice

While we like the low price, the Evoque SE lacks a couple of features that luxury buyers want, namely navigation and a panoramic sunroof. We recommend stepping up to either the Evoque SE Premium or HSE. We prefer the practicality of the 5-door model, but if the sleeker coupe fits your lifestyle, the SE Premium is your only choice. Find a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque for sale

 

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