The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a refreshing change of pace in the premium compact utility segment, with a high fun-to-drive index, off-road capability that leaves its principal competitors in the dust (or mud), good fuel economy, handsome interior design, supportive seats, and, its trump card, head-turning good looks.
New Car Test Drive correspondent Tony Swan reported from Detroit, with Kirk Bell reporting from Chicago.
Model Line Overview
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Pure five-door ($41,145); Pure Plus five-door ($43,145); Pure Plus three-door coupe ($44,145); Pure Premium five-door ($47,345); Pure Premium coupe ($48,745); Dynamic five-door ($50,845); Dynamic coupe ($52,245); Prestige five-door ($51,745)
2.0-liter DOHC direct injection turbocharged 16v I4
Safety equipment (standard):
dual front airbags, front side airbags, curtain side airbags, tire-pressure monitor, rearview camera, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control with Trailer Stability Assist and Roll Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control, front and rear park assist
Safety equipment (optional):
Vision Assist Package with Blind Spot Monitoring, Surround Camera System, and adaptive xenon headlamps with LED signature lighting, automatic headlamp leveling and automatic high beam assist
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Prestige five-door ($51,745)
leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power driver's seat with power adjustable lumbar support, 6-way power front passenger seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, keyless access and starting, Surround Camera System, configurable ambient lighting, Bluetooth cell phone link and streaming audio, 17-speaker 825-watt Meridian AM/FM/CD audio system, hard-drive audio file storage and playback, two USB ports, panoramic sunroof, front LED fog lights, high-pressure headlight power washers, universal garage door opener, memory for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors, rear center armrest with cupholders, adaptive xenon headlamps with LED signature lighting, automatic headlamp leveling and automatic high beam assist, navigation system with off-road maps, cargo area luggage rails, sport exhaust pipe, rear skid plate, aluminum interior trim, premium carpet mats with leather binding, 19-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Climate Comfort package ($1000) with heated front seats, heated windshield and washer jets, heated steering wheel; satellite and HD radio ($750)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
240 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
251 @ 1750
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
51.0 cu. ft.
MacPherson struts, lower control arms, antiroll bar
MacPherson struts with lateral and longitudinal links, antiroll bar
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of January 01, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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