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2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: New Car Review

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The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque may not look like a traditional Land Rover SUV, but beneath that seductive styling and compact size lies the heart of a true off-road warrior. The stunning Range Rover Evoque continues to attract new buyers, partially because of its storied British namesake and partly because it offers styling and capability others simply can't match.

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, 2-door convertible or 5-door SUV, the Evoque is intended to lure in younger buyers whose budgets can't quite accommodate a pricey Range Rover Sport or LR4. With a starting price of just under $42,800, the Evoque may very well be the best-looking bargain in the Land Rover fleet.

What's New for 2017?

The biggest change for the 2017 Range Rover Evoque is the addition of a convertible model. Available in SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic trims, this drop-top SUV is unique among its peers. All Terrain Progress Control is made standard on all trims, while Land Rover's InControl Touch Pro with is made standard on HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography models.

What We Like

Distinctive styling; responsive handling; powerful yet fuel-efficient engine

What We Don't

Significant road noise; small interior space; no locking differentials; high base price compared to Acura and Volvo models

How Much?

$42,795-$70,000

Fuel Economy

Under the hood of the 2017 Range Rover Evoque is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 240 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Evoque can go from zero 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 29 mpg on the highway (20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy for the convertible).

Standard Features & Options

The 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes in three body styles and five trims. The 5-door model is offered as the SE, SE Premium, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography, the convertible as the SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic, while the coupe is offered only in the SE Premium trim.

The Evoque SE ($42,795) features a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, Terrain Response driver-selectable all-wheel drive, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding and heated 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, All-Terrain Progress Control, front and rear parking sensors, a rear backup camera, 8-in touchscreen audio with InControl Plus navigation, Bluetooth and a USB/iPod interface.

The Evoque SE Premium (5-door: $46,795; coupe: $46,695) adds bi-xenon headlights with LED surrounds and power washers, front fog lights, a gesture-activated lift gate, a fixed-glass panel roof, driver's-seat memory and InControl apps. The coupe adds InControl Plus apps and InControl Protect and Remote.

The Evoque SE Dynamic convertible ($52,095) includes a power folding top, heated side mirrors with memory, a 10.2-in touchscreen, 18-in wheels and an 11-speaker, 380-watt Meridian sound system.

The Evoque HSE ($51,995) adds 19-in wheels, automatic high-beam assist, Oxford leather seating, heated front seats, InControl Touch Pro with navigation and a 10.2 in touchscreen, configurable mood lighting and a blind spot monitoring system with rear-cross traffic alert.

The Evoque Dynamic HSE ($55,195) offers the same features as the HSE but with more exterior and interior trim and color choices, Adaptive Dynamics with Dynamic Mode, illuminated tread plates, an aero rear flip spoiler and bright exhaust finishers.

The Evoque Dynamic HSE convertible ($58,695) adds the same features as the 5-door minus the panoramic sunroof and spoiler and also includes 12-way oxford leather front seats, InControl Pro with navigation and Narvik Black accents.

The Evoque Autobiography ($63,495) adds a full Oxford leather interior, 14-way heated and massaging front seats, a 825-watt 17-speaker Meridian audio system, heated rear seats and steering wheel, autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, 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 alert). 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 HSE Dynamic Driver Assistance Plus Package adds autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, and 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 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 2017 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 -- they're 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 horsepower 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 2017 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

2017 Volvo XC60 -- Starting at around $35,000, the XC60 is powered by a choice of either turbocharged or turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder engines. With striking body lines, the same or better hp rating and an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the XC60 is a strong competitor to the Evoque.

2017 BMW X5 -- The X5 can be fitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylidner, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder, a 4.4-liter V8 or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel engines, all paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The interior of the X5 might not be as stunning as the Evoque's, but it is slightly larger and more livable.

2017 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. Audi's world-renowned quattro all-wheel-drive system is also standard.

2017 Acura RDX -- The RDX costs less than the Range Rover Evoque and has better resale values and a standard V6 engine with more power.

Used Porsche Cayenne -- A 2010-2015 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 a power lift gate and a panoramic sunroof. We recommend stepping up to either the Evoque SE Premium or HSE Dynamic. We prefer the practicality of the 5-door model, but if the sleeker coupe fits your lifestyle, the SE Premium is your only choice.

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