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.

Best Value

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

Performance

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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

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?

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

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.