Used Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque has been on the market since July 2011 and is available in five and three door versions and with two and four wheel drive options. It is a compact SUV aimed at urban drivers concerned with their carbon emissions and fuel efficiency. Since its release, the Evoque has garnered much praise for retaining the off road capabilities, amenities and features of the traditional Range Rover but in a much smaller package. Commercially, it has also been a success, selling almost 88,000 units in its first year.
The Evoque is available as two separate models, the three-door Evoque Coupé and the five-door Evoque. The five-door version is available with three trim levels known as Dynamic (the top-of-the range trim), Prestige and Pure (the base trim). The Coupé only has two trims, Pure and Dynamic.
Three engines are available, a 2 litre turbocharged petrol unit that generates 237 bhp and two 2.2 litre diesel engines generating either 128 bhp or 187 bhp.
Bang for your buck
The Evoque has to compete with the X3 and the Q5, both granite-strong vehicles, so its build quality needs to be second to none. Luckily, it is, the shell is solid and strong and everything feels very well bolted together.
On the exterior, the approved used Range Rover Evoque really stands out, there is no other car on the market that looks like this. Most people love its lines and front end but the truncated rear end tends to divide opinion. The interior is comfortable and classy and feels very well put together. There is plenty of space in the rear of the five and three door models. You may want to consider the optional panoramic sunroof, available for £460.
The Evoque is very well suited to traffic, feeling dainty and compact and its steering is nice and sharp. The visibility isn't as bad as expected given the car's squished rear end. The Evoque has been awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP for its exceptional safety.
What you'll pay
Evoques are holding their value very well, for example, a low mileage three-door 2.2 litre diesel-engined Coupé from 2012 will cost you around £38,850. A comparable five-door model will be about £42,000. The vast majority of used Evoques are diesels and you should expect to pay at least £35,000 for one.
What to check
The Evoque is not cheap and you would expect it to be reliable and so far, this has been the case. There have been a couple of recalls, one over a brake issue, but they affected only a small number of vehicles and are considered to have been dealt with.
Check the tyres for unusual wear patterns as these can indicate that the car has been worked hard. Also check the undercarriage for signs of damage especially to the front valance, exhaust and suspension.
Parts for the Evoque aren't cheap but they aren't extortionate either. A replacement clutch assembly will cost around £210, a starter motor about £240 and a new radiator close to £400. Front brake pads are £50 and a new alternator will set you back nearly £300.
How it drives
The Evoque is such a comfortable car that it is very easy to forget that you are behind the wheel of a proper off-road vehicle and imagine yourself driving a Ford Focus or similar hatchback, so well does the Evoque cope with corners.
The suspension is incredibly compliant with phenomenal damping and the Evoque flows smoothly over even the most uneven road surfaces. Off road it performs just as well, easily tackling a slippery, 45 degree incline.
Despite having half the cylinders of the Range Rover Sport, a 2.0 litre Evoque with the six-speed automatic gearbox manages comparable performance figures, for example a nought to sixty time of 6.7 seconds.
Overall, the visual appeal and the practicality of the Evoque make it the standout compact SUV on the market today. However, that superiority does come at a high price as even used Evoques command around £35,000 to £45,000 depending on the version and which options were taken up. If you can afford one and afford to run one, you won't regret it.