Nearly seven years after its introduction, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is still one of the brand's best-selling vehicles. With its coupe-like styling and luxury features, the Evoque looks a lot more expensive than the numbers on its price tag. Those looking to enjoy sunny weather or really stick out of the crowded SUV segment can opt for the Rang Rover Evoque Convertible.
What's New for 2018
For the 2018 model year, the Range Rover Evoque gets two new 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines – one that produces 237 horsepower and another that generates 286 hp. There are three new trims for the five-door lineup, which include the HSE Dynamic, Autobigoraphy, and Evoque Landmark Edition. SUVs that come with the more powerful engine now feature a sportier front end.
New features have also been added in the cabin, too. Auto-dimming exterior mirrors are standard on the HSE trim level and up, while the available wifi connectivity has been upgraded to 4G speeds. Lastly, there's a new Lunar/Ivory interior color scheme on the SE Dynamic Convertible and a Dark Sport Textured trim finisher is standard throughout the entire lineup, except for the Autobiography and Landmark Edition trims.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is available in a five-door model and a convertible body style, as well. The standard powertrain for both body styles is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 237 hp and 251 pound-feet of torque. A more powerful version of the motor that generates 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque is available on higher-end trims. Both engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. As this is a Land Rover, all-wheel drive is standard.
Go with the 237-hp model and you can expect an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. The more potent Evoque and the Evoque Convertible each net 21 city, 29 highway, and 24 combined.
Despite its athletic design, the Range Rover Evoque is versatile with a cargo capacity of 20.3 cubic feet with the second row in place. With the second row folded down, cargo capacity in the SUV expands to 51 cubic feet.
While the Range Rover Evoque is styled for the road and emphasizes sportiness on tarmac, the SUV still has some of the off-roading prowess as its larger stable mates. The SUV comes with All-Terrain Progress Control (essentially cruise control for traveling off-road), Land Rover's awesome Terrain Response system which configure the Evoque's systems to suit the terrain, Hill Descent Control, and Gradient Release Control. While the majority of Range Rover Evoque owners won't go off-roading, the SUV is more than capable of traveling off the beaten path.
The five-door body style is available in eight trims, while the convertible is offered in two trims.
While the convertible Evoque is quirky and striking all at the same time, the five-door HSE trim is the one we'd go with. The model comes with a good mix of convenience and tech features as standard, including a rearview camera. The Driver Assistance and Cold Climate Convenience Packages are worth the additional costs. For consumers that absolutely want to go with a convertible, the SE Dynamic is the better value.