While many of its SUV rivals are busy justifying their existence with stirring performance or outsized cargo capacity, the 2021 Range Rover Evoque goes for the jugular with one of the most attractive designs in the business. The Evoque’s cabin is similarly stylish and inviting—at least for front-seat passengers, as those too slow to call shotgun may find themselves feeling claustrophobic in the back seat. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides adequate power, although rivals such as the BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40 T5 are both quicker. The Evoque’s handling is less poised than its rivals, too, but its tall seating position delivers an SUV-appropriate feel from behind the wheel, which is something we think many buyers in this segment will appreciate.
What’s New for 2021?
Like many other Land Rover models the Evoque receives an infotainment overhaul for 2021. All Evoques now come standard with the brand’s new Pivi Pro software interface, which is simpler to use and offers more modern features such as over-the-air update capability. A new Online Pack package is available and includes a wireless smartphone charging pad, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Spotify integration. Buyers can also order a new cabin filtration system and an optional rear collision monitor. The 296-hp P300 powertrain has been dropped, leaving the 246-hp P250 version of the turbocharged four-cylinder as the sole option.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We’d go with the mid-range R-Dynamic SE model as it adds features such as a power liftgate, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, automatic high-beam headlamps with auto-leveling, LED daytime running lights, and 20-inch wheels. We’d also fork over the extra cash for the aforementioned Online Pack option package.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Evoque is powered by a 246 turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder and comes standard with a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. At our test track, the Evoque delivered a 7.1-second zero-to-60-mph run. Rivals such as the BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40 delivered slightly quicker times, but the Land Rover is still competitively lively. On the road, there’s no mistaking the Evoque for a hatchback car as you can with the X1. It feels substantial, and the seat height is SUV-appropriate; it handles corners adequately but won’t satisfy enthusiast drivers in the same way as the BMW or Mercedes-Benz GLA-class.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the Evoque should deliver 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. In our 75-mph highway fuel economy test, a P250 returned a rather dismal 24 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Unfortunately, the Evoque’s chunky exterior dimensions belie its cabin space, which is tight—especially for those in the back seat. When compared with other subcompact SUVs such as the X1 and the XC40, the Evoque’s rear seats feel downright confined. That said, interior materials are quite nice. The Evoque can be ordered with a very cool textured-cloth upholstery that covers the seats, door panels, and dashboard; leather is still offered as standard, though. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and ambient interior lighting. Cargo space behind the rear seat isn’t as generous as you’d expect from an SUV, but it held six carry-on suitcases in our testing, which aligns with a good part of the segment.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All Evoque models come with a 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen running Land Rover’s Pivi Pro interface. The system offers good functionality and is much improved over the 2020 models’ InControl Touch Pro system, but buyers will still need to get accustomed to its quirks. Navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration are all standard; a head-up display, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and a Meridian premium audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio are both optional.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Although the Evoque has not been tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Land Rover has equipped the Evoque with a host of standard driver-assistance features. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
With a warranty that barely meets the industry standard, the Range Rover Evoque does nothing to stand out in this category. The Lexus NX may be a better choice for buyers who drive more than the average person, since that model comes with longer powertrain coverage.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
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