Land Rovers have always evoked emotions of some sort, so it seems fitting that the marque dubbed their most unusual, flamboyant model the Evoque. Unlike most products that ship out of the firm's UK manufacturing facilities, the Evoque is primarily focused on style and road manners – a point that's perhaps best driven home by the available convertible, which is the only convertible SUV on the market (unless you want to count the soft-top Jeep Wrangler, though that's an entirely different type of open-air experience). In a world where high style takes high priority, the distinctive 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque offers buyers an enticing four-wheeled fashion statement.
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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Overview
What's New for 2019
Land Rover has given the infotainment interface a slight massaging in an attempt to make it more intuitive and the color palette has been expanded.
Choosing Your Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Trying to decide which Evoque to buy is like trying to pick out what brew to order at the world's largest taphouse. There's a dizzying amount of choices, and when you consider the convertible variant, the total number of available trim levels balloons to 10.
Of these trims, most are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque. Two trims – the HSE Dynamic and Autobiography Dynamic – use the same 2.0-liter engine, but it churns out 286 hpand 295 lb-ft of torque, which is enough gusto to let the Evoque go from zero to 60 mph in six seconds flat and eventually reach a top speed of 144 mph. All models use a nine-speed automatic transmission built by ZF. Fuel economy for the 237-hp models is an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined; the 286-horse motor comes in at a slightly thirstier 21/29/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).
While the stylish Evoque is most at home on the uptown boulevard, heritage and tradition dictates that it must be equally at ease on rough terrain. To that end, engineers have given their SUV the ability to wade almost 20 inches of water and a terrain management system that automatically calibrates the Evoque's powertrain for one of five selectable conditions: General Driving; Grass, Gravel, and Snow; Mud and Ruts; Sand; and Dynamic.
Technology also abounds in the Evoque, and the piece de resistance is certainly the 10-inch high-definition touchscreen that houses the brand's InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. This infotainment unit is optional on the lower trims and standard on the high-end HSE and Autobiography models. It offers high-speed haptic response and smartphone-like operation, both of which make the system easy to use. Besides the usual location-based and cloud-based services, this software can also learn a driver's daily commute, allowing it to offer alternative routes in the event of bad traffic. When within an eighth of a mile of your navigation-guided destination, the system can also offer 360-degree views of a destination inputted into the GPS, as well as suggestions for parking. For 2019, Land Rover has tweaked the software so that menu displays are in line with those found in the Range Rover and Velar.
Behind the scenes, a host of active-safety features wait at the ready in case the worst occurs. Available on all models –but not yet standard – is a full suite of safety features that includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a head-up display.
With such an array of trim levels, option availability is not universal but varies from trim to trim. That said, there are a few widespread options and packages on hand, such as the $55 Smoker's Package and $1,430 Cold Climate Package, which comes with a heated windshield, heated washer jets, heated steering wheel, and heated seats front and rear. There's also the InControl Touch Pro Technology Package which, depending on trim level, can bundle keyless entry, a power-gesture tailgate, a 10-speaker Meridian sound system, and Navigation Pro (higher trim levels come with the keyless entry and gesture tailgate standard and ergo only bundle the stereo and navigation).
The 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque gets pricey fast. To save some money, look at getting the SE Premium with the Technology Package. Doing so nets you the better infotainment system, a nice sound system, and the decent smattering of luxury features automatically bundled by the SE Premium, all for less than $48,500.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review
When it debuted in 2012, the Evoque took the world by storm with its striking, angular looks (Victoria Beckham even designed a special edition). Now at the end of its lifespan, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque could still walk a runway. Utility is starting to suffer next to modern crossovers, but with effortless cool and surprising off-road ability, the Evoque still charms.
The Range Rover Evoque comes in six trims and two body styles, but we’d recommend ignoring the convertible. It subtracts the roofline that the Evoque wears so well, and the second row is even more cramped. Stick with the base engine, too – the higher tune adds little speed for how much it costs.
But it’s worth stepping up to the HSE trim level, which adds in just enough British luxury without inflating the price too far. Chrome accents and fog lights decorate the exterior, while the cabin gets Windsor leather upholstery, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a larger 10-inch infotainment screen with navigation and a premium 10-speaker sound system. Blind-spot monitors are standard, but we'd also add the Driver Assistance Package. We’d build our Evoque like so:
- Model:2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque HSE
- Engine:2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output:237 hp / 251 lb-ft
- Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
- Drivetrain:Four-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy:22 City / 29 Hwy
- Options: Driver Assistance Package ($1,735, parking assist, surround-view camera, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition)
- Base Price: $52,095 (including the $995 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $53,830
The Evoque received two new engines last year, but they match the previous generation closely in displacement and output. Both are turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder units, but one is tuned for an extra 49 horsepower. That’s enough to send the Evoque from zero to 60 mph in six seconds flat. A nine-speed automatic transmission does an admirable job smoothing out shifts, and the suspension is remarkably composed. The four-wheel-drive system has enough Range Rover DNA to make it genuinely capable off-road, although many buyers will never take their Evoque beyond the pavement.
Confident handling does come with a stiffer ride, especially with the larger wheels on top trims. The engines are less refined than we would like and sound harsh under heavy acceleration. At an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon combined, fuel economy is decent but not exceptional. With a redesign underway for 2020, we’ll soon see if the Evoque is due for electric or hybrid powertrains.
Style is the Evoque’s calling card, and it might be grounds for purchase all on its own. With a high beltline, an aggressive sloping roofline, and sharply creased body panels, the Evoque defies all expectations of what an SUV should look like. Short overhangs and a floating roof make for an athletic but graceful stance. Inside, the cabin is simple but welcoming, and Dynamic trims add splashes of color. Leather upholstery is standard, and the front seats are comfy and power-adjustable buckets. Cargo space is solid at 20 cubic feet (52 with the rear seats folded), and a wide trim range makes for easy customization.
But the Evoque pays a price for its bold styling, and second-row passengers foot the bill. The bench only fits two adults to begin with, but leg room and head room are severely curtailed. Tall passengers will likely bump up against the roof. One other nit is the active safety tech, the best of which is reserved for higher trims and expensive packages.
The Best and Worst Things
Years later, we’re still surprised that a crossover SUV can look this good. The on- and off-road versatility doesn’t go amiss either, as long as you’re not carrying more than one friend – that rear seat is best left for luggage.
Right For? Wrong For?
The Evoque is the perfect accessory for fashion-minded buyers. In addition to the charismatic silhouette, the Evoque carries all the prestige of the Range Rover badge, while being cheaper (and easier to park) than its larger siblings. The Evoque can hold its own out a country road, but it won’t look out of place at a Manhattan premiere.
Families would be better off with a true SUV. Although the rear seat is fine for children, the Evoque isn’t big enough to handle more utilitarian duties. Luxury crossover shoppers are spoiled for choice these days, and the Evoque is best left to those who can sacrifice some practicality for style.
The Bottom Line
Despite its age, the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque still delivers on its fundamental promise. This is a crossover that doesn’t get embarrassed next to sleek sports cars, delivering all the presence you’d expect from a larger Range Rover. As long as you only need to carry two, it’s even reasonably practical. We’ll hope for a little extra back seat room and engine refinement in next year’s redesign, but we also hope that the Evoque’s alluring profile is here to stay.