Land Rover
Range Rover Evoque
2019
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Anthony Sophinos
Automotive Editor - September 26, 2018

Expert Rating

3.4 (Good)
MPG
22 City / 29 Highway

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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).

SE

The SE represents the base Evoque and, at $42,795 (all prices include the $995 destination charge), boasts the friendliest starting price. Standard features include leather upholstery, power-folding heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming mirror, front and rear parking aids, Bluetooth, navigation, an eight-inch touchscreen, 12-way power seats, dual-zone climate control, and a manually-adjustable steering column.

Options include the aforementioned Smoker's Package, Cold Climate Package, and InControl Touch Pro Technology Package. There's also the $2,040 SE Technology Package, which compiles keyless entry, xenon headlights, LED fog lights, high-beam assist, a power gesture tailgate, and headlight washers.

SE Premium

Compared to the SE, the $46,895 SE Premium demands a $4,100 price jump but includes a number of niceties SE buyers will eventually pine for. These additional goodies include voice-activated navigation, 12-way power seats with memory function, xenon headlights, high-beam assist, keyless entry, fog lights, power gesture tailgate, and black-trimmed mirror caps, fender vents, and grille.

As with the SE, the Cold Climate and Smoker's Packages are again available. The InControl Touch Pro Technnology Package now costs just $1,330 and only includes the Meridian sound system and upgraded navigation unit. A Driver's Assistance Package is $1,020 and includes Homelink and blind-spot monitoring as well as rear cross-traffic alert.

Landmark Edition

For the style-conscious buyer who also needs to be "budget-friendly," there's the $49,395 Landmark. The level of standard equipment is similar to the SE Premium, but it adds a dollop of aesthetically edgy trim. Specifically, the Landmarks boast exclusive dark gray 19-inch wheels, a Carpathian Gray contrasting roof, satin brushed aluminum trim, graphite-colored fender vents, hood louvres, grille, and tailgate script, a panoramic roof, and an ebony-and-lunar leather interior. Available option packages mirror those available on the SE Premium.

HSE

The $52,095 HSE is the first Evoque trim to really ratchet up the luxury quotient. Standard features include Windsor leather, memory and 12-way power front seats, configurable mood lighting, the larger 10-inch touchscreen and corresponding infotainment software, a Meridian 380-watt sound system with 10 speakers, and advanced parking assist with a surround-view camera.

A Driver Assistance Package is $1,735 and includes automatic parking assist, a surround-view camera system, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, and driver condition monitor. A Driver Assist Plus Package costs $2,755 and bundles a head-up display with adaptive LED headlights and DRLs. Again, the Smoker's Package and Cold Climate Package are available, though the price of the latter drops to $510.

The convertible's base SE Dynamic trim matches the HSE in standard equipment as well as options and has a starting price of $53,095.

HSE Dynamic

The calling card of the $55,295 HSE Dynamic is no doubt the availability of the 295-hp variant of the Evoque's 2.0-liter turbo-four, a privilege that costs an additional $3,000. Regardless of engine, all HSE Dynamic models come standard with black hood louvres, chrome-trimmed exhaust tips, a perforated leather steering wheel, and chrome-trimmed pedals.

Options mostly mirror that of the HSE, though the price of the Driver Assist Plus Package is inexplicably increased to $3,470. An available Black Exterior Package costs $3,570 and brings 20-inch satin-black wheels, darkened-finish headlights and fog lights, a black grille, and some other blackened trim bits.

The convertible is also available in HSE Dynamic trim, though the 286-horse engine isn't available for the drop-top. Standard equipment and available options are the same as the five-door, and it has a starting price of $58,795.

Autobiography

The top-dog Evoque, the Autobiography, has a price tag of $63,595. It brings along standard additional features like 14-way power seats with massaging function, a full Windsor leather interior, adaptive xenon headlights, a heated steering wheel, heated seats, a 16-speaker, 825-watt Meridian sound system, all-terrain progress control, automatic parking assist with a surround-view camera, and the raft of safety features that were available in the Driver Assistance Package.

As with the HSE Dynamic, the 286-hp engine is a $3,000 option. The Driver Assist Plus Package returns, this time packaging adaptive cruise control with the head-up display. It costs $3,470 and, outside of the Smoker's Package, is the only option.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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