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2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque received a full makeover for 2020, so not much has changed for 2021. It remains an attractive compact SUV with some styling cues from the larger Velar, but the mild-hybrid powertrain that made its debut last year has been discontinued.

All 2021 Land Rover Evoque models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 246 horsepower. That power is sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. Competitors for the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque include the Acura RDX, BMW X3, and the Audi Q5, plus others such as the Lincoln Corsair, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes-Benz GLB, Volvo XC40 and Lexus NX.

What’s New?

All 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque models are now P250 models powered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 246 hp. Last year’s mild-hybrid powertrain, with 296 horsepower, has been discontinued.

Also, Sirius satellite radio has been made standard across the lineup, as has a nifty 3D Surround Camera that can gauge the depth of the water you might cross and while providing a helpful view of the ground below the front of the Evoque.

In other Evoque news, the Blind Spot Assist Pack has been made standard on the SE, while a Driver Assist Pack (which contains the Blind Spot Assist Pack) is now standard on the HSE. The main feature of the Driver Assist Pack is adaptive cruise control. Also, the top Evoque, the HSE, gets illuminated scuff plates for 2021.  See the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Great styling
  • Legitimate off-road ability
  • Handsome interior
  • Clear Sight Ground View camera

What We Don’t

  • Mild-hybrid version discontinued
  • Pricier than many rivals
  • Blind-spot warning isn’t standard
  • Rear-seat not roomy
  • Cargo space not generous

How Much?

$43,300 – $53,400

Fuel Economy

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is sold only as a P250 model powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 246 horsepower and a healthy 269 lb-ft of torque. This engine mates to a 9-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy for the 2021 Evoque is 20 miles per gallon city/27 mpg highway/22 mpg combined. For comparison, an all-wheel-drive (AWD) 2021 Lincoln Corsair powered by a 2.0-liter turbo is rated by the EPA at 21 mpg city/ 29 mpg highway/24 mpg combined.

With a fuel tank size of 17.7 gallons, the 2021 Evoque will travel around 400 miles between fillups.

Standard Features & Options

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is sold as a P250 S, a P250 SE, a P250 R-Dynamic S, a P250 R-Dynamic SE, and a P250 R-Dynamic HSE. Each is an AWD model powered by a turbocharged 246-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. Each also has a destination fee of $1,050.

A base P250 S ($43,000) is remarkably well equipped. In addition to a leather interior, LED headlights, and 18-inch alloy wheels, the P250 S has automatic emergency braking and a 6-speaker stereo with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The P250 SE ($48,000) gets power front seats and a power tailgate, plus 20-inch alloy wheels, premium LED headlights and a blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert (which should be standard on all Evoques).

The R-Dynamic P250 S ($44,900) and R-Dynamic P250 SE ($49,600) are equipped similarly to the respective P250 S and P250 SE models but have a much sportier look. R-Dynamic modifications include a unique grille and revised bumpers, along with an upgraded interior that features two-tone seats, dark aluminum trim, and a steering wheel with perforated leather.

With 14-way power seats (covered in perforated Windsor leather) and a gesture-controlled power tailgate, the Evoque P250 HSE ($53,400) exudes luxury. Other standard hardware on the HSE includes the ClearSight video rearview mirror, a 12-speaker audio system, and a Drive Assist Pack that includes adaptive cruise control and blind-spot assist with a rear cross-traffic monitor.

Four notable option packages on the 2021 Evoque:

The Technology Pack includes a head-up display, the ClearSight digital rearview mirror, wireless smartphone charging, and a significantly upgraded Pivi Pro infotainment system with dual 10-in screens.

The Driver Assist Pack is highlighted by adaptive cruise control, as well as a blind-spot assist with a rear cross-traffic monitor.

The Dynamic Handling Pack comes with adaptive suspension that automatically optimizes the Evoque chassis for the given conditions. Includes driver-selectable settings and red brake calipers.

Last, we’d recommend the Cold Climate Pack if you live where it snows. It includes a heated windshield and heated washer jets, plus a heated steering wheel.

Note: Adaptive suspension is available as a stand-alone option on the 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, as are a 14-speaker Meridian sound system, a cabin air purifier, and massaging heated and cooled front seats upholstered in Windsor leather.

Safety

The 2021 Land Rover Evoque has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). But it’s equipped with a thorough standard safety suite that includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, a driver condition monitor, front and rear parking aids, Traffic Sign Recognition and an adaptive speed limiter.

If you get the Evoque SE, it comes with the Blind Spot Assist Pack, which includes a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, and a Clear Exit Monitor, which warns folks to not get out of the parked vehicle if it senses dangerous traffic approaching from behind. Adaptive cruise control, with stop and go, is available as part of the Driver Assist Pack.

Behind the Wheel

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a fairly nimble SUV, but it’s not a totally sporty vehicle like a BMW X3 or a Porsche Macan. Rather, it’s sporty in an Audi Q3 sort of way – meaning it’s entirely capable on twisty roads but not constantly begging to be driven hard.

We like how quiet and tall the Evoque is, but the short side windows and thick pillars restrict the outward view. On the other hand, the ClearSight video rearview mirror provides a great view of what’s going on behind the Evoque, with video feed unaffected by the heads of tall rear-seat passengers.

Power from the Evoque’s turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is delivered smoothly and in ample supply. Peak torque of 269 lb-ft arrives at only 1,300 rpm, making the driver think there might be a larger engine under the hood. With the standard Terrain Response 2 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, the Evoque has six driver-selectable drive modes: Auto, General, Eco, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, and Mud & Ruts.

With the new Wade Sensing feature, the 2021 Evoque can be operated in 23 inches of water, aided by an onboard ultrasonic sensor that detects the water depth. Another neat feature, Clear Sight Ground View, allows the driver to see what’s beneath the front of the Evoque for safer off-road motoring at speeds of up to 18 mph.

Other Cars to Consider

2020 BMW X3 — The BMW X3 has a more car-like ride and feel, and it offers a better outward view. It’s sportier too, but less capable off-road.

2021 Lincoln Corsair — The compact new Lincoln Corsair looks great and exudes luxury, but it’s not as capable as the Evoque on terra firma. It’s available as a PHEV, too.

2020 Volvo XC40 — The XC40 has a similar high-tech interior, good ground clearance, and excellent outward visibility. Also available as a front-wheel drive model.

2020 Acura RDX — The RDX also comes standard with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and aggressive styling. The RDX will hold its value better than the Evoque.

Used Porsche Cayenne — A 2014-2017 Porsche Cayenne offers more power and options as well as better performance.

Questions You May Ask

Where is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque manufactured?

The Range Rover Evoque hails from Liverpool, in England. It’s built at the Land Rover plant in Halewood, Merseyside.

How does the Land Rover Evoque compare in size to the Land Rover Discovery Sport?

The 5-seat Evoque is a 172.1-inch vehicle with a 105.6-inch wheelbase. The 5- or 7-seat Discovery Sport has an overall length of 181 inches and a wheelbase of 107.9 inches.

What is Clear Exit Monitor?

This system is designed to prevent you from hopping out of the parked Evoque and possibly getting hit by traffic from behind. Part of the Blind Spot Assist Pack, Clear Exit Monitor employs sensors on the rear bumper to detect oncoming traffic.

What is the maximum tow capacity of the 2021 Land Rover Evoque?

The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has a maximum towing capacity of 3,968 pounds.

What is the warranty on the Land Rover Evoque?

The 2021 Land Rover Evoque has bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties each lasting four years or 50,000 miles.

Autotrader’s Advice

As a good blend of desirable content at a fair price, an Evoque in P250 SE trim catches our fancy. In addition to 20-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate, and the significantly better Pivi Pro infotainment system, the Evoque SE comes with a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and heated side mirrors, three features we can all appreciate. Find a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque for sale

 

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