2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Family Checklist


After a lifetime of trying to fit in, I now want to stand out in the crowd. Thankfully, bold vehicles like the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque help me do that. This crossover looks like an Angry Bird on wheels, and it has more power and punch than any bird I've ever seen, angry or not.

The 2013 Evoque handles beautifully, has unique looks and includes plenty of features that make me happy whether I'm in mom mode or me mode.


Just because it's the runt of the Land Rover litter doesn't mean the Evoque lost out on any of the features that make the brand so coveted. It has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's matched to a smooth six-speed automatic transmission.


The interior doesn't disappoint, either. This five-seater's cabin is filled with soft materials and comfortable seating. And it has plenty of standard upscale features such as dual-zone automatic climate control and a power liftgate. One might even argue that this runt has one-upped its siblings with its starting price of $42,040, including an $895 destination charge, for the new-for-2013 Pure base trim that I tested.

Of course, my test car was tricked out with a few optional packages that brought the car's price to just over $50,000. These packages added things like keyless entry and a heated steering wheel, but my favorite addition had to be the rubber floormats and cargo mat. Rubber mats may not sound sexy to you, but if you're the parent of a boy, you'll get it.


While test-driving the Evoque, my 6-year-old son found his way to a lake's edge and despite my warnings, walked out onto the swampy perimeter. He started to sink and was up to his thighs when he was pulled him out. Mud was everywhere. Thankfully, all I had to do was strip him down in the parking lot, put his mud-caked boots and clothes on the cargo area's rubber mat and race home. Once home, I removed the rubber mat and simply hosed it and all the items down. I've never been more grateful for an optional feature. At 20.3 cubic feet, the narrow cargo area is plenty big for smaller families, though those with large strollers will want to check that they'll fit.


All of my children (ages 3, 4 and 6) were able to climb in and out of the Evoque on their own, though my girls, younger and smaller than their brother, had to put extra effort in to accomplishing this. The doors were a bit tougher for everyone to conquer without help. May I forever remember my 4-year-old on her tippy-toes, tugging at the Evoque's door handle — back-and-forth like a feisty pendulum. She eventually got it with my help.


2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: Car Seat Check

The backseat is only big enough for two child-safety seats, which makes this a tough sell for families of five, but smaller families will adore the easy-to-use Latch anchors and sturdy seat belt buckles. Upon first sitting in the Evoque, my 4-year-old exclaimed, "These seat belts are so easy to use!" If that's not a ringing endorsement, I don't know what is.

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Chris Allen

I have been disappointed with the poor gas mileage - about 22 on the highway, as well as the transmission engineering. Gear spacing is too far (added 50% more gears in 2014) and a slight touch of additional gas pedal in 30 mph traffic can cause it to downshift, jump the turbo in, and give you way more acceleration than you are trying for. I mainly think it is a programming issue of when the transmission should shift, but it is very un-nerving when trying to keep up in traffic, and the car downshifts unexpectedly and over accelerates. I hate driving mine because of this, but my LR dealer wants me to take a $20,000 loss to take the vehicle back. I guess the dealer knows that the resale value is bad on these, and I am stuck in a poorly functioning vehicle that I cannot afford to sell.


I have a 2014 Evoque Pure Plus (I think? It's not the base model at least) and while I absolutely love the vehicle itself, it's just not practical for our family. We added another baby last month and as a family of four it's too small. The major dislikes: our car seats do not fit in the center seat so my toddler is on the passenger side; I can't get in the back seat to breastfeed so I'm stuck up front without tinted glass; I can't grocery shop or do airport runs with a double stroller in the trunk; three adults and two children in the car is a tight squeeze (I'm small and could barely wedge myself in the center seat); the low profile looks fantastic, but my toddler is tall and his car seat is high so I regularly bump his head putting him in - mom fail. When we were a family of three I adored the car. It's a perfect daily driver for the parent who isn't the kids' main source of transport or a single-child household. We find it very easy to install both our car seats (Clek Foonf and Cybex Aton Q) and my toddler loves the panoramic view of clouds, planes, trees and birds. The interior is also gorgeous... I've been in many high end cars and I like RR interiors the best by far. We purchased it for $6k off MSRP, so the deal was there and my husband and I both love the Evoque, but we'll be trading in for a larger LR in the next year. If we want more than two kids it's nothing more than a paperweight to us. Stupid purchase on my part, but at the time it was good for us and I don't regret it for a minute. It just doesn't work for us any more and I'll be very sad to say goodbye. When the kids are older and don't need strollers or big car seats I'd love to get another one.

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