What's New for 2014:
- 9-speed automatic transmission is standard
- All-wheel drive system features active differentials, shifting from all-wheel to 2-wheel drive for improved fuel efficiency
- Available automated parking system now includes Park Exit technology
- Upgraded exterior mirrors and center armrest
- Available heated rear seats
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was introduced for the 2011 model year as a compact luxury crossover SUV. Land Rover claims the Range Rover Evoque is the most sustainable Range Rover ever, with a compact footprint and a combination of high performance with reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. It's available in 3-door and 5-door versions, in five trim levels: Pure, Pure Plus, Pure Premium, Prestige, and Dynamic. The Evoque features a permanent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system that can automatically switch to 2-wheel drive when road conditions allow.
Models and Features
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is available in 11 exterior colors, most of which carry a surcharge. The Pure trim level features LED running lights and taillights, power-folding and heated side mirrors, front and rear park-assist sensors, rain-sensing wipers, headlight washers, and 19-in. aluminum wheels. The Range Rover Evoque coupe offers up to 47.6 cu. ft. of cargo space with the rear seats folded, while the Evoque 5-door can hold up to 51 cu. ft. In Pure trim, the Range Rover Evoque features standard brushed aluminum cabin trim, ambient lighting, almond or black leather seats with Dinamica suede inserts, ivory or black leather headliner, and heated front seats with power adjustment. A push-button ignition system is standard, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, universal garage door opener, 380-watt Meridian sound system with an in-dash touch screen and iPod/USB connectivity, reversing camera, and Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming.
The Range Rover Evoque Pure Plus trim features a panoramic glass roof that may be trimmed in body color, black, silver, or white. White leather upholstery is an added option. The Pure Premium version has adaptive bi-xenon headlights with automatic high-beam assist, surround-view camera system, keyless passive entry, and an 825-watt premium surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers. A Climate Comfort package adds a heated windshield, heated steering wheel, and heated windshield washer jets. Additional options include a navigation system, rear-seat entertainment system, park-assist system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and 20-in. wheels. Several extra-cost paint colors and treatments are also available.
The Prestige trim level, offered only for the Evoque 5-door, features real wood interior trim, metallic cabin accents, two-tone Oxford leather-wrapped interior, and multi-spoke 19-in. aluminum wheels. The Dynamic trim focuses more on the exterior, and includes upgraded bumpers, sills, grille, tailpipes, contrasting roof and spoiler colors, and premium 20-in. wheels. Land Rover says that the premium sports interiors provide a darker, moodier environment with splashes of bright contrast color and leather seats with sports detailing.
Options and Packages
Many of the upgrades offered as standard on the upper trim levels are available as packages on the lower trim levels. Other options include adaptive cruise control; various design 20-in. alloy wheels; towing equipment; side-protection tubes; rear bumper protection cover; exterior cover; carbon fiber mirror caps and side vents; heavy-duty snow traction aids for the wheels; front and rear mudflaps; roof rails in black and silver; crossbars; many specialized carriers; and various embellishments for wheels and tires.
Under the Hood
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque features a turbocharged, direct-injection, 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. A new 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters directs power to all four of the Evoque's wheels through a permanent AWD system. The gear selector is a rotary knob that rises from the console. Land Rover's Terrain Response system comes standard on the Range Rover Evoque, allowing the driver to tailor the powertrain and AWD system for driving on grass, snow, sand, mud, ruts, or gravel. When the Evoque is equipped with the optional Active Dynamics suspension, a Dynamic driving mode is also available through Terrain Response.
Hill-start assist and hill-descent control are standard on every 2014 Evoque; so is a gradient release control feature for exceptionally steep descents, which Land Rover says gives the Evoque more capability than a typical crossover SUV. The Evoque also provides 8.4 in. of ground clearance at the front axle and a 19.7-in. water fording depth.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque are 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway/24 mpg combined.
Safety Ratings and Technology
The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque features 6 air bags, traction control, stability control, hill-start assist, hill-descent control, gradient-release control, roll-stability control, and trailer-stability assist. The 4-wheel-disc anti-lock braking system includes brake assist, cornering brake control, and emergency brake lights that glow brighter the harder you step on the brake pedal. Rain-sensing wipers, a reversing camera, and park-assist sensors embedded into the front and rear bumpers are also standard. The optional adaptive cruise control features an intelligent braking system.
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque.