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2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)
 
2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)
 
2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)
 
2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)
 
2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)
 
2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)

2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)

2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)

2012 Range Rover Evoque Pure - www.nextcar.com.au (copyright image)

Range Rover Evoque Pure road test

by Mark Walker

2nd November, 2012

Home > Road Tests > Land Rover


Test Car

The vehicle driven is the Range Rover Evoque Pure two wheel drive with the eD4 diesel engine finished in Fuji White with Ebony part leather trim.

Model background

The Evoque has captivated the market since its launch in 2011.

Itís the smallest and lightest Range Rover manufactured. It's also the first ever two wheel drive Land Rover product to go on sale.

The bold styling is a major departure from the usual conservative Range Rover products of old. The junior Rangie also comes with a more palatable price for the entry level model, bringing ownership of a Range Rover within grasp of a much broader slice of the car buying market.

It must be said from the outset, this may be a relatively cheap Range Rover but the lower price has not been achieved at the expense of quality.

The eD4 is the newest engine choice for the Australian market, being launched in July 2012.

Variants & Prices

The Evoque range offers plenty of flexibility with the choice going way beyond the three trim levels, two body styles, 2WD or 4WD and four engines available.

The three trim levels are Pure, Dynamic and Prestige Ė all well equipped. Each trim levels is available in the Coupe or Wagon body style and with any engine choice.

There are three diesel engines or one petrol engine to choose between. The three diesel engines are all 2.2 litre four cylinder turbo diesel units offering different levels of power and torque.

Pure is the entry level trim and is priced from $49,995* for the 5 door wagon when coupled with the eD4 diesel engine. Note that the eD4 is only available with a manual gearbox. It's also worth noting the eD4 engine is only available as two wheel drive. The Coupe attracts a $1,500* premium over the more practical 5 door version.

Despite being the cheapest variant by a substantial margin, the Pure gets plenty of features including part leather seats, 17 inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity for telephone and audio streaming, reverse sensors, stop/start, brushed aluminium interior highlights, climate control air conditioning, electric park brake and fog lights.

The test vehicle had a couple of options: carpet mats $200 and rear air conditioner vents $190. This pushes the list price to $50,385* before on road costs. Itís a disappointing picture when you use the drive away price calculator on the Land Rover website. Unfortunately Land Rover Australia openly publish the maximum dealer delivery charge at $3,990.00 (I selected NSW as the delivery state). It is probably worth most other franchises stop short of this crazy figure for $50,000 vehicles. The end result is a recommended drive away price pushing above $57,000 for this entry level vehicle with a couple of cheap options on it.

The higher spec trim levels are known as Dynamic and Prestige and attract a substantial price premium.

The Dynamic includes gloss black exterior trimming such as mirror covers, grille, rear spoiler and bonnet louvres. It also gets striking 19 inch alloys, unique bumpers, full leather seats, electric seats in the front and the roof is painted in a contrast
Pricing for the Dynamic variant starts from $63,495*. That buys you the 2WD version powered by the eD4 diesel engine. The pricing climbs up for the more powerful engines which also receive four wheel drive. The most expensive engine option in Dynamic trim is the 2.0 litre Si4 petrol engine which is priced at $70,103*.

The most expensive Evoque variant is the Prestige and as the name suggests this is the most luxurious. The Prestige is priced from $65,495* and tops out at $71,642*. The interior of the Prestige gets the full Range Rover luxury treatment featuring full leather interior including dash and door trims plus touches of wood and aluminium. It also comes standard with 19 inch alloys.

Options

As mentioned early, flexibility is abounding in the Evoque range.

The ability to personalise the vehicle is definitely a key part of the Evoqueís appeal. In this case though, we appreciated driving a vehicle very close to standard spec.

Flexibility will definitely be appreciated with the wheel combinations Ė there are 6 wheel choices on the option list for each trim level, making a total of 9 wheel designs across the entire range.

Interior styling can be chosen to suit personal taste, with up to five themes covering interior fabrics and colours. The roof can be specified in contrast black and a panoramic glass roof is an option.

Technology, safety and convenience options on offer are also many. These include navigation, TV with dual view screen, mood lighting, surround cameras for parking, blind spot monitoring system, heated seats, heated steering wheel, rear seat entertainment, voice controls, privacy the list goes on. You name it, you can probably build it into your Evoque.
Whilst many options are available individually, there are also three option packs which batch up several options. The three packs available on the Pure are the Tech Pack (full leather, electric seats, mood lighting, 18 inch alloys, upgraded sound system and more) , Cold Climate Pack (heated bits including seats, steering wheel, washer jets & windscreen) and the Clearview Pack (lights and wiper upgrades).

Be warned, the price will increase quickly as options are added and itís not difficult to add $20k or more to the starting price, pushing an entry level Evoque from affordable to expensive.

Driving the Evoque

On paper, the performance of the eD4 diesel powered Evoque may not impress all people. Of the three diesel engines available to Evoque buyers, the eD4 has the least power and torque. The 2.2 litre 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine has a modest power output of 110kW @ 4,000rpm and respectable torque of 380Nm @ 1,750rpm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 11.2 seconds.

Despite the lack of speed on acceleration, this vehicle is still quite impressive to drive and I found myself enjoying the vehicle more and more, covering 1,200+ kms over 9 days.

The small diesel has great low down power for pulling away smoothly from a standing start, including on hills. The clutch has good pressure and the 6 speed manual gear box is easy to live with including a short gear shifter. It may be the least powerful Evoque, but it is definitely adequate.

Even around town, I found the manual accommodating, often not requiring downshifts where other manuals would. Stop/start technology is standard, turning the engine off when the vehicle is both stationery and in neutral.

Push button start and an electric park brake are standard. The start button is located high on the dash to the left of the instrument cluster and I found this location a bit bothersome as a) the dashboard slopes away from the driver meaning you may have to lean forward to push the button and b) itís not close to the park brake and gear lever. Small gripe. If you do take off without releasing the park brake the car will release it automatically.

The handling is composed and the 17 inch alloys offer a reasonably smooth ride. Noise levels are acceptable. If you donít like the standard 17 inch wheels, there are four other styles to choose from on the option list, all larger. Ventilated front discs and solid discs at the rear wheels do a good job stopping the Evoque.

For people wanting to take the Evoque to the snow, donít be concerned about buying the two wheel drive version as you can buy genuine snow chains to suit the standard 17 inch wheels on the Pure.

Living with the Evoque

The Evoque wins most people over based on looks alone and it was women that wanted to talk about it the most. The design is definitely appealing although I think the standard 17 inch wheels let the presentation down somewhat on the entry level Evoque Pure.

Itís easy to overlook the fact the Pure is the entry level variant when you inspect the cabin. Overall interior finish is of high quality with brushed aluminium trim and soft touch fabrics complimenting the part leather seats and thick leather steering wheel Ė all standard on the Pure variant. The seats look the part and provide plenty of comfort. The soft touch fabric on the doors and dash does mark easily when touched however its cleaned with minimal effort.

The buttons on the steering wheel are not the most logical in layout and Iím not a fan of the appearance of the standard radio console in the Pure. It looks like it would be more at home in a van although it works fine and the sound quality is good.

Climate control air conditioning is standard on all Evoques.

Size wise, the Evoque is not the most practical. The 5 door is more practical than the Coupe with the extra two doors and slightly larger cargo space. Access to the rear seats is so much better than the Coupe and rear seat passengers have plenty of leg room. Two adults will enjoy a comfortable ride seated in the rear and there is three belts across the back.

Even with 575 litres of boot space, itís not practical for a small family. A pram filled the boot but more tellingly, a newborn rearward facing baby seat will only fit in the Evoque if the front passenger seat is moved forward so far that itís not possible to sit in it. So itís definitely not a car for families with babies. Curiously, not only is the 5 door model more practical, it is also cheaper than the Coupe.

The rear window does look small from the outside. It also appears small looking through the rear vision mirror from the driverís seat however itís just large enough to be safe. Some people will find it off putting. Side vision isnít great either, partly due to the narrowing window line but itís certainly better in the 5 door version and the chunky side mirrors are great for rearward and side vision. I think they look great too.

Safety

ANCAP awards the Evoque just four stars out of a maximum five stars after it failed to meet the five star standard in the frontal offset crash test. The standard was missed by a small margin with the Evoque scoring 12.39 out of a possible 16 in the frontal offset crash test when the minimum score to qualify for five star status is 12.5 out of 16. To give you an idea that it is possible for vehicles of this type and size to reach five stars - the Evoqueís older brother of similar size, the Land Rover Freelander, does achieve 5 stars from ANCAP. Next Car rates the Freelander very highly despite its dated shape and it scores a much better 14.92 in the offset crash test.

That said, the Evoque is still loaded with safety features including ABS, driver and front passenger airbags, side curtain airbags front and rear, and a knee bolster airbag for the driver.  Other electronic driver aids built in as standard are emergency brake assist, cornering brake control, dynamic stability control and roll stability control.

Rear parking sensors are standard on the Pure and can be turned on or off to suit. They are set too conservatively which is a tad frustrating but this ensures no excuse for any parking accidents.

Fuel and emissions

The Evoque is extremely frugal on fuel thanks to the efficient eD4 diesel engine, the front wheel drive layout and stop/start technology. Land Rover claim fuel consumption of 5.0 litres per 100 kilometres on a combined cycle which is excellent. Even around town the numbers are very good with Land Rover boasting consumption of just 6.0 litres per 100km in urban driving conditions. That said we didnít quite get that low during our drive. We recorded consumption of 6.4 litres per 100 km on our first tank of diesel.

The all-wheel drive and more powerful Evoque models are thirstier but still achieve reasonable consumption figures.

The eD4 gets a smallish fuel tank with a capacity of only 55 litres. This is still going to give a driving range. Even with fuel economy of 6.4 litres per 100km, the range is 728km before the low fuel warning is signalled. The low fuel indicator chips in with 8.4 litres remaining, allowing you well over 100kms of additional driving before refuelling if you want to push it to the limit.

The stop/start system is a bit sensitive, often firing the engine up prematurely when stopped but remains a key tool in minimising emissions and diesel consumption. It can be switched on and off easily with a button on the console to suit.

CO2 emissions are 133g per km.

Dimensions
Length: 4,355mm
Width: 2,125mm (including side mirrors)
Height: 1,635mm
Wheelbase: 2,660mm
Weight: 1,595kg
Boot capacity: 575 litres, increasing to 1,445 litres when rear seat folded.
Towing capacity: 750kg with an unbraked trailer, 1,500kg braked

Front axle clearance: 215mm
Rear axle clearance: 240mm
Maximum wading depth: 500mm

After Sales

The Evoque is warranted for three years or 100,000 kilometres, whichever occurs first. Roadside assistance is provided for the full warranty period.

Service intervals are 26,000 km or 1 year.

Conclusion

The hype is easy to buy into once you drive the Evoque. The design is unique and the range of flexibility will meet the needs of almost everybody.

For our money, the entry level Pure eD4 is the best choice in the Evoque range. Itís very well equipped and a capable drive but most importantly it retains much of the style, character and build quality of the more expensive higher spec variants. Perhaps more importantly, it is also the most affordable.



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NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications. Luxury Car Tax (LCT) is effected when options are added to the car. E&OE.



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