2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, is ranked as one of the top Luxury Compact SUVs. The Evoque is in fact a Land Rover that is smaller than the LR2, in relation to size.

Just like other Land Rovers, it contains a Terrain Response system which allows you to adjust the suspension and engine responses in accordance to the road conditions.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $43,995.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.5 gallons (70 l) MPG: 18 city / 28 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 171.5 in. (435.6 cm) Wheel Base: 104.8 in. (266.1 cm)
Height: 64.4 in. (163.5 cm) Width: 77.4 in. (196.6 cm)
Curb Weight: 3680 lbs (1669 kg) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: 20.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 16 Valve I4 DOHC Turbo Displacement: 2.0 Liter
Horsepower: 240 HP Max RPM: 5500 RPM
Torque: 251 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 7.1 seconds Maximum Speed: 135 mph (217 km/h)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:Dynamic MSRP: $51,495; MPG: 18 city / 28 hwy
Option:Prestige MSRP: $52,395; MPG: 18 city / 28 hwy
Option:Coupe Pure MSRP: $44,995; MPG: 18 city / 28 hwy
Option:Coupe Dynamic MSRP: $52,895; MPG: 18 city / 28 hwy

Engine & Performance

The engine of this small SUV separates itself from its rivals. It is powered by a 2.0L inline turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 251 lbs-ft of torque. One of the Evoque's key performance features is the standard terrain response system which makes this SUV to stand out on top of other small SUVs.

This powertrain is mounted on a 6-speed automatic transmission and connected to a full time 4-wheel drive and direct gas injection for better performance. With all these great engine features, the Evoque is able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 135 mph. The handling is ranked as the best among all Land Rover on-roads. This is due to its short wheel base and low center of gravity.

Exterior

The first thing that will catch your eyes is the front end that is basically Range Rover, with an audacious cheese grater grille and bold hood. The steeply raked windshield leads to a low roofline tapering downward towards the rear of the car. This design makes it appear sporty.

The 4-door model is available in 3 trim levels: Prestige, Dynamic and Pure trims. The 2-door coupe on the other hand, is available in just Pure and Dynamic trim levels. The Evoque is available in 12 color coats ranging from Firenze red to Baltic blue to Galway green just to mention a few.

Other standard exterior features include: 20 inch wheels, power lift-gate, panoramic moonroof, and contrasting roof colors.

Interior

The interior of the Evoque is filled with features found in other Land Rovers. For instance, the cabin is fully stocked with standard features like 2 USB ports and Bluetooth.

Other features fitted are: leather wrapped steering wheel, 8-inch touch screen, Meridian sound system, 5 inch color LCD driver information center, and climate control for the rear seats.

Optional interior features include: satellite and HD radio, navigation and rear seat entertainment systems. The 2-door coupe model has a maximum cargo space of 47.6 cubic feet, while the 4-door model has is at 51 cubic feet.

Safety & Reliability

The 2012 Evoque is equipped with standard safety equipment. It starts with the steel monocoque frame which is toughened with high strength and Boron steel and is complemented by crash beams in all passenger doors.

Additional safety features include: seven airbags that include driver's knee airbag and full length curtain airbag, rain sensing wipers, 4-wheel disc brakes, brake assist, automatic and adaptive headlights, traction and stability control systems. Optional safety features available are: rear sensors for parking maneuvers and 5-camera surround view system.

Pros

  • Great handling and braking
  • Many standard features

Cons

  • Modest cargo hold
  • High base price.

Comparison

The 2012 Evoque offers more character that other cars in its class. In fact, it dominates deserts and mountains with ease, making it a preferred small SUV of choice to many.

There are a number of attractive SUVs that the Range Rover Evoque can be compared to, they include the Lexus RX 350 (MSRP $39,310; 18 city / 25 hwy), the Nissan Murano (MSRP $44,540; 17 city / 22 hwy), and the Audi Q5 (MSRP $35,600; 20 city / 27 hwy).

Overall Rating
68 out of 100

What others say:

“The era of truly coupe-like SUVs dawns, finally, and the 2012 Range Rover Evoque nails it with turbo thrust and carlike handling.”Car Connection

“On road, Evoque feels carlike and agile, maneuvering around tight corners with little body lean. The steering feels light and lifeless around town, but firms up well at higher speeds. Evoque shines off-road. Tenacious all-wheel drive hardware, Land Rover's Terrain Response System, and Hill-Descent Control allow Evoque to capably maneuver through almost anything you can throw at it.”Consumer Guide

“The Evoque, a new Land Rover model based on the LR2, offers 2-door and 4-door versions. It is powered by a Ford-supplied 240-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic. In our tests it returned 21 mpg overall.”MSN Auto-ConsumerReports

“You'll like the 2012 Range Rover Evoque if you want a seriously stylish luxury SUV that drives well in the city, but isn't afraid of the wilderness. The new Evoque also returns up to 28 mpg on the highway, a number inconceivable in anything else wearing a Range Rover badge.”KBB

“It's not the most practical SUV on Earth, but the 2012 Range Rover Evoque has a lot of style, refined driving manners and the traditional Land Rover off-road talents to make it a very appealing compact luxury SUV.”Edmunds