- A prestigious car with a classy design
- Lots of different interior finishes available
- A comfortable and luxurious drive, even off-road
- It’s pricey compared with less upmarket SUVs
- There have been some reliability concerns
- Other premium SUVs feel a bit sportier
Premium, luxurious and sleek, the Evoque combines upmarket styling with plenty of tech and great off-road ability. It’s just as effective whether you’re dropping the kids off on the school run or going on a weekend adventure in the countryside.
There are three body styles available to buy, including three-door and five-door versions and a convertible, so you can choose the one which best suits your needs.
The Evoque is available with both two-wheel and four-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive version is a great choice if you’re looking for genuine off-road ability.
It launched in 2011 and had an update in 2014. In 2019, an all-new replacement arrived with a new look, more advanced tech and trim grades that provide increasing levels of luxury.
The stylish Evoque has always appealed to design conscious drivers. It’s as luxurious inside as it is outside. It comes with a crisply styled dashboard, elegant instrument displays and a high-tech centre console. You’re surrounded by luxury with soft feel materials and upmarket trim finishes.
The seats are exceptionally comfortable and the view out across the bonnet is impressive. However, the sloping side window profile and narrow rear screen means visibility out of the back could be better. The parking sensors and a reversing camera are useful and come as standard on all the newest trim levels. Older models have the sensors in an HSE or above and in this version you’ll also benefit from a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The Evoque is less spacious than some more boxy SUVs. Older three-doors are impractical if you want more than occasional use of the rear seats. It’s really best suited for two. Five-door models have a decent boot and enough room in the back. Although taller adults may feel the low roof makes things feel quite small.
Compared with larger SUVs, the Evoque feels like a smaller car that’s easier to drive. It offers luxurious, quiet and comfortable cruising. It feels secure and stable when going round corners, with accurate steering and very little body roll that you might associate with less able SUVs.
Unlike many of its rivals, the four-wheel drive Evoque works extremely well off-road thanks to Land Rover’s clever Terrain Response modes. This helps drivers find the optimal settings for any driving condition. If you stick to tarmac, the two-wheel drive version is fine for normal driving conditions.
There has been a variety of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine options offered, with the Ingenium diesels being particularly impressive for power and economy. The entry-level petrol is a little underpowered for a car of this size, but unless you're going to be driving around a lot with a full load, you’re unlikely to notice. The more powerful petrol engines aren't that economical, which is why the diesel options have always been more popular. You’ll find most Evoques are equipped with a smooth-changing 9-speed automatic gearbox, which adds to the luxurious, relaxed feel.
The cost of a used Evoque will be far lower than buying new thanks to high levels of depreciation, which makes them great value. Although, prices will be higher than less prestigious family SUVs.
Service costs, which may seem high, are unlikely to be much different from what BMW or Mercedes would charge.
Diesel fuel economy is impressive and many newer Evoques have a mild-hybrid system, which means you can drive on battery power for short distances under 11mph.
The less good news is the luxury car road tax surcharge. If your Evoque was registered after April 2017 and was more than £40,000 new, you’ll be paying an additional £310 a year to tax it.
The Jaguar Land Rover group hasn’t had the most competitive reliability record in recent years and the Evoque is included in that. There have been a number of issues concerning electrics reported, but newer cars should be fare better.
There are no such concerns on safety, with a 5-star crash test score from Euro NCAP and a raft of high-tech systems and options. These include intelligent cruise control and autonomous braking which is a separate system that helps you to avoid an accident.
Best for economy - D150 FWD
Best for family - S D150 S 4x4
Best for fun - HSE P300 R-Dynamic
The newest Evoque models are really well equipped, with even the entry-level offering LED headlamps, automatic wipers, dual-zone climate control and rear view camera.
Older cars, which are more likely to be available, start with the SE spec, rising through SE Tech, HSE Dynamic, HSE Dynamic Lux and the luxurious and lavish Autobiography flagship.
If you’re looking at 2018 and earlier models, the SE Tech has the benefit of sat nav on top of the entry-level SE’s already lavish spec. It includes lane-departure warning which warns you if you change lanes without indicating. It also has a 12-way electric seat adjustment to help find the perfect driving position. The HSE comes with a reversing camera, in-car Wi-Fi and a premium infotainment system. It’s worth considering if you can afford the higher price tag.
The R-Dynamic upgrade is available on all trims, which features a styling kit, a dark roof liner, leather steering wheel and dark aluminium trim inside.