2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Up Close
By Shamit Choksey for Cars.com
As Land Rover’s smallest, lightest — dare we say daintiest — model, the Range Rover Evoque is clearly the brand’s most serious effort toward greener mobility. It’s built on a Land Rover Freelander platform, but this baby Rangie has an even smaller footprint in person.
Sleek and sculpted from front to back, the Evoque is a near replica of Land Rover’s LRX concept from two years ago. In fact, the two are nearly indistinguishable from the outside. The Evoque is easy on the eyes, and 19-inch wheels give this small SUV a noticeable upshot in height. Overall, the Evoque’s exterior presence exudes more style and uniqueness than competing small luxury utes from BMW and Audi.
Within the Evoque, the biggest surprise was the amount of available space.
Judging by its low-slung profile and small rear window, we were expecting a cramped cabin, but there’s more than enough headroom and legroom for 6-footers up front. The rear seat can accommodate average-size adults quite comfortably; there’s a little less headroom than up front, but that’s to be expected. Cargo space is not enormous, but it’s passable. There’s definitely enough room here to cart around luggage, but oversized items will be problematic.
The Evoque’s fit and finish is high quality. Buttons feel solid and tactile, as does the steering wheel. Gauges and controls don’t have a highly sophisticated look, though. Luckily, they’re organized in an intuitive, ergonomic manner.
Seats are comfortable and well-bolstered, wrapped in premium leather and sewn with twin-needle stitching. A nice touch.
The Evoque has the makings of an impressive offering within its segment while still being quite unique. It hits showrooms next summer.