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2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque OVERVIEW
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.
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.