2012 Range Rover Evoque
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Attitude and athleticism…on steroids!
The Evoque is just about as far from a “me-too” vehicle as you can get.
It’s more like a little kid’s favorite “Hot Wheels” ….brought to life.
Angular, muscular, and yes…for an SUV…athletic, too.
The new-for-2012 Evoque is legendary Land Rover’s new little baby….available either as a 2-door and 4-door…and comes standard with all-wheel drive.
We tested the 2-door version in “look-at-me” lime green metallic paint…and all dressed up in the top-of-the-line “Dynamic Premium Package.
All Evoques come with a 240 HP turbocharged 2.0 liter engine and a 6-speed auto with paddle shifters with “normal” and “sport” settings. In the Evoque, “normal” felt like “sport”….and “sport” felt like “all-out-race-track-ready”!
“Sport” keeps the transmission in lower gears around town…leaving you just a toe-tap away from spirited acceleration at all times.
And for you “do-it-yourselfers”, the paddle shifter was a joy to use. Well placed and instantly responsive. Oh…and as if the Evoque needed anything else to make it distinctive, the gear selector is a dial on the console…not the normal stick…but simply a round dial right where many vehicles now have their radio controls. Just more proof that very little on the Evoque is what’s considered “normal”….and that right there is part of the appeal of the Evoque.
The little turbo had maybe just a half-second of turbo-lag in first gear, but after that, BAM!….it’s ready to run. This is no normal SUV here…more like a cross between a sports car and an SUV. A whole lotta’ fun.
The Evoque starts at $44,150…and is darned well-equipped at that price. What may well be the world’s largest sunroof is among many standard items. The glass panel extends virtually the entire length of the roof…and while it doesn’t open, it affords everyone in the vehicle a clear shot at what’s above.
You’ll also get 19” alloys, leather seating with memory, and a 380 watt 11-speaker audio system with all the expected Bluetooth connectivity.
The $7,900 “Dynamic Premium Package and a few other options bumped the audio up to a 825 watt, 17-speaker system, and got us the funky two-tone leather interior that coordinated with our optional exterior paint, 20-inchers, a surround camera / blind spot warning system, heated seats and steering wheel, Xenon headlights and a bunch of upgraded trim pieces.
Loaded, our Evoque listed for $59,995….and was rated at 18 mpg city and 28 highway with Premium gas recommended.
The Evoque is roughly the same size as a Porsche Boxter…is priced in a similar neighborhood…and probably has more in common with a Boxter than it does with the average SUV.
If you’re into “fun”…and don’t mind people staring at you and your vehicle, the Evoque is one rascal of a ride!