Since bursting onto the market in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque has been one of Jaguar Land Rover's best selling cars, due to the stylish body and the off-road capabilities it shares with many of the fellow Land Rover models. Available in a 3-door, 5-door or Cabriolet, you are spoilt for choice when picking an Evoque, which is why we're here to help with the three best models, catering to three price points.
The Smart Choice for saving money – Evoque SE eD4
As is usual with Range Rovers, even the 'minimalist' version in the range is very well equipped, with satellite navigation, Bluetooth, USB and Auxiliary port connectivity and heated seats as standard. The 2.0-litre diesel eD4 engine produces 150 bhp, helping the SE reach 60mph in 11.2 seconds and a top speed of 113mph. It is also very economical, returning 65.7mpg – so you won't be filling up much. It also produces 113 g/km of CO2, meaning it isn't the worst car for the environment either.
As a premium product, the Evoque is very well appointed, with leather seats and mostly leather interior. With the starting price of the two-wheel drive SE at £30,200, it is very reasonable for the style and space the Evoque provides, with TD4 versions available with the six-speed manual or an optional nine-speed automatic. These include more off-roading capabilities and cost a premium of £2,600 and £4,400 for the manual and automatic respectively.
The Smart Choice for value – Evoque HSE Dynamic TD4 Manual
As the middle ground of the range, the HSE Dynamic is crammed with extra technology on top of the SE and SE Tech's already bountiful offering. It includes Torque Vectoring, Hill Descent Control and Terrain Response to help you off-road and fully utilises the 4×4 system provided. There's also entertainment technology onboard, along with a full speaker system. With the 30 extra bhp from the TD4 engine, the 0-60 time reduces to 10 seconds and a top speed of 124mph.
Economy is also not bad for a 4×4 with 58.9mpg a realistic figure, so you won't be going to the pump as much. The car itself is a pleasant place to be, with even more features on offer as standard, such as Lane Assist, Parking Sensors and Xenon headlights that are useful tools to help you. This extra performance and the added features mean the starting price is £40,500.
The Smart Choice for the technophile – Evoque HSE Dynamic Lux Si4
Even though this version of the Evoque isn't the very top of the range, it has the highest top speed, the most technology-filled interior and a nine-speed automatic gearbox making it the best experience from the Evoque range. The two-litre petrol Si4 engine helps propel the Evoque to 60mph in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 135ph. Passengers in the rear will be happy too, with Digital TV installed in the front headrests and for extra convenience, a gesture controlled tailgate and traffic sign recognition is fitted.
All the extra detailing, such as light-up Evoque-labelled sills, and the standard technology on offer in the Lux does add £8,000 to the Dynamic Manual, making it £48,500. With all of the added extras that the car has, and the premium product that it is, it is rightly among the very best 4x4s on the market.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
January 29, 2016