Land-Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe
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Review Of The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe
JTNDY2VudGVyJTNFJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGNXJKN2R6elgxR3MlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBnZXN0dXJlJTNEJTIybWVkaWElMjIlMjBhbGxvdyUzRCUyMmVuY3J5cHRlZC1tZWRpYSUyMiUyMGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRSUzQyUyRmNlbnRlciUzRQ==There is a hefty question mark over what the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe is supposed to be exactly. Is it a hot hatch, an SUV or a coupe? The truth is that it’s a bit of all three. This means if you buy one of these, you get to combine racy looks with pace, power and practicality. It sounds almost too good to be true.
Rivaling the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 for sales, this large three-door coupe is a big deal for Land Rover, in the sense that it’s unlike anything they’ve come up with before. Essentially, this car is meant to appeal to SUV buyers who wish their SUV was more like a TT.
OSV takes a closer look at what it’s all about to see if the brand has pulled it off with our Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe review.
On The Road
There is nothing really new or surprising under the skin. There are no hybrid models available – just a pair of diesel units and a petrol to choose from.
The range kicks off with a 2.2-litre 150bhp four-pot diesel unit that comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A 2.2-litre 190bhp diesel is next in line, and you can pair it up with with the six-speed or an automatic ‘box. Both are four-wheel drive. The 190bhp is our personal favourite, and it can get you from rest to 62mph in a respectable 8.5 seconds.[vc_single_image image=”45323″ img_size=”article-image”]The car is actually based on the Freelander (though very loosely), but improves on that model’s body control. Steering is also more direct and accurate, and overall the car feels secure and even sporty. Picture the poise of a regular Evoque combined with a Mini Cooper’s vitality, and you’ve got this car’s on-the-road behaviour in a nutshell.
Land Rover’s aim was clearly to make a bulky, hot hatch, and they’ve succeeded. The ride is excellent for the most part, but switch to Sport mode and you might notice that the car shimmies fairly frequently. It’s a minor criticism, however. Stick to Normal mode, and the bar control is very good while approaching corners at medium speeds is no problem at all because the car gives you plenty of security.
If you’re planning on taking this coupe out on the road, it’s a good idea to first of all invest in the optional adaptive dampers. Handling will be improved for a bit more confidence, and ride quality won’t be negatively impacted too much by the poorer road surfaces.
Interior, Design & Build
[vc_single_image image=”45324″ img_size=”article-image”]From the outside, this car has easily got the looks to attract the TT buyers among you. It’s a bit of a different story inside, however. It’s a nice place to be, but it won’t remind you of a concept car.
This three-door coupe sports a lower roofline than its five-door sibling, but the rear room is still very good, and four people should be able to enjoy the ride in comfort. The driving position is very accommodating whatever shape or size you are, and visibility is mostly good – our only source of frustration being the chunky door pillar and wing mirror. Neither of these is Land Rover’s fault, though, but are the workings of EU legislation.If you opt for the automatic gearbox, you get treated to a Jaguar rotary gear select which emerges from the centre console. Behind this is a clutch of buttons that you use to modify the terrain response off-road system. You can flick between sand, mud and tarmac settings to match the surface you’re on.
Overall, the cabin is a highly luxurious, highly upmarket place to sit. Everything looks absolutely gorgeous; leather adorns many of the surfaces, and it really is the height of coupe sophistication. There is a few niggling issue with some of the materials, however. For example, the glovebox lid is way too lightweight for our liking and doesn’t seem at all durable.[vc_single_image image=”45325″ img_size=”full”]
Costs Of The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe
Prices for the new car start out from just under £28,000. If you want to lease it, deals start out from around £350 + VAT per month.
It’s worth pointing out, though, that £28,000 only gets you the entry-level variant, which takes a rather plodding 11.2 seconds to cover the 0-62mph dash. If you want more power and four-wheel-drive, you’ll need to shell out around £40,000. There are a couple of useful optional extras that you might want to include too. These only cost a few hundred quid each and will add value and safety to the car. These include parking sensors and adaptive dampers.
The best engine in the range in terms of performance is the 2.2-litre 190bhp diesel unit – and it’s reasonably economical, too. Backed by four cylinders and four-wheel-drive, it’s impressively economic and can achieve average fuel economy returns of 44mpg.
Pros and Cons Of The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe
Whether you’re shopping for a hot hatch, an SUV or a coupe, the Evoque Coupe will appeal to you. This isn’t to say that it’s a car which can’t make up its mind regarding what it wants to be; it’s more that it superbly blends together power, pace and sportiness with off-road ability.
Range Rover interiors are getting better all the time, and this one as luxurious as they come. The cabin is a very pleasant place to be.
For such a hefty coupe, it’s surprisingly economical. Average returns of 44mpg are family friendly.
Can Be Pricey
Prices start out from £28,000, which sounds reasonable enough. But you’d need to go above beyond £40,000 to really get the best out of this car.
Lack Of Engine Choice
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe vs Audi Q5 vs BMW X3
Let’s see how it fares against its nearest rivals in the comparison section of our Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe review.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe vs. Audi Q5
The new Audi Q5 is practical and easy to drive. Its relatively high price might blunt its appeal, however.
Take the Audi Q5 down a country lane, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re actually in a saloon. Body lean is minimal, and the car always feels responsive. However, there is a price to pay and it comes in the form of an overly stiff ride, a problem which is most noticeable in and around town. If you hit a few bumps or potholes, you will certainly know about it.[vc_single_image image=”45320″ img_size=”article-image”]You can negate the issue a little by opting for smaller wheels, but however you modify the car, the Range Rover will always be more comfortable. The Q5 also suffers from inconsistently weighted steering.
The engine range, though, is made up of strong performers. You might want to ignore the base level 2.0-litre diesels, as they take a rather sluggish 10.8 seconds to cover the 0-62mph sprint. For a bit more shove, the 3.0-litre 242bhp diesel is a better bet. Paired up with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it can get you from rest to 62mph in 6.2 seconds.[vc_single_image image=”45319″ img_size=”article-image”]If its out and out performance you want, the range-topping 335bp SQ5 Plus has enough in its tank to do 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds. There is also a 227bhp petrol in the range.
If both performance and economy are important to you as you shop around, the pick of the Audi Q5 engines is the 2.0-litre 187bhp diesel. It can achieve fuel economy returns of around 50mpg. The 3.0-litre diesel doesn’t fare too badly on this front either, though and returns 47.1mpg.There isn’t really a single Audi on the market right now that doesn’t have a beautiful interior, and this Q5 model is no different. However, it is beginning to feel its age when compared to fresher Audi’s. Ride quality is poor, and while we expect that from a performance car, it doesn’t compare favourably to the Range Rover.
It’s easy to get comfortable up front thanks to the fun adjustable seat and wheel, and visibility is very good. The dashboard is minimal and clean, with all the controls and buttons logically and neatly arranged. Plastic quality is fantastic overall.
Like the Evoque Coupe, the Audi Q5 can be taken off road, where it copes admirably. But the reality is that no one really buys a car like this for its off road ability. A good amount of head and legroom are qualities we really want, and that’s what you get here. Interior space is impressive, while the boot measures 540-litres.
Land Rover – £28,000 +
Audi – £32,000 – £52,000
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe vs BMW X3
The new BMW X3 is great fun to drive. It’s also really practical and is a solid family car with slightly sporty pretensions.
The X3 is a perfect choice if you’re looking for an SUV that’s fun to drive and aren’t too bothered about off-road ability. Cheaper than more agile rivals, such as the Porsche Macan, it does well to keep body lean to a minimum and can offer super sharp handling.[vc_single_image image=”45322″ img_size=”article-image”]Maximum comfort is afforded by the Variable Damper Control system, which allows you to flick between three settings to enhance ride quality. All models come with four-wheel-drive, but compared to the Evoque, this car would struggle if you took it off-road.
In terms of the engines, a 20d diesel unit kicks things off and takes 8.1 seconds to cover the standard 0-62mph sprint. It offers a good blend of fuel economy and performance and is our top pick.
However, there are some seriously quick engines in this range. A pair of turbocharged 3.0-litre engines are a case in point, with the most powerful of the two capable of dusting off the 0-62mph dash in just 5.3 seconds. However, this is an expensive unit.[vc_single_image image=”45321″ img_size=”article-image”]Running costs are reasonable throughout the range, but the xDrive20d gets the biggest thumbs up because it’s both cost-effective and performative. Good for 52.3mpg. You can even improve both those figures by pairing it up with an automatic gearbox, though this is optional and will cost you £1,510 initially.
Even the rapid xDrive35d is inexpensive to run and will return 50mpg if you drive sensibly.
Inside, the cabin is quiet and refined, and ride quality is very good if you add the optional Variable Damper Control. Overall, high quality abounds in the interior. The dash is, as always, driver-focused, and soft-touch plastics are used unsparingly.There is more room than in the 3 Series saloon, and its boxy shape has resulted in a usable boot that measures 550-litres. You can fold the rear seats to extend this space to an impressive 1,600.
BMW – £34,000 – £46,000
Verdict Of Our Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Coupe Review
In many ways, this variation on the Evoque theme is a success. There are shades of a hot hatch, a coupe and an SUV in here, which means you benefit from pace, power, practicality, and off-road capability.
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