Monday, April 6, 2015


Now and again,being smaller than the other guys let's you take more of a risk. The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque resists SUV tradition in any number of ways: its design first plan, the accessibility of a two-entryway "car" body style, and its capacity to work Land Rover's rough terrain validity with the delicate street sensibilities that sell so many compact people movers in the luxury segment. 

This is a little SUV that ought to feel like the very definition of 'compromise,' but then it doesn't. Rather, it appears to be basically a diminutive Range Rover, a commendable beneficiary - with a couple of minor provisos - to its other, tremendously commended line-up mates, and a particularly distinctive decision when contrasted with opponents like the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque comes in both two-door and four-door models, making it the only luxury suv on the market to offer such dramatically different body styles at ordering time. In order to simplify the conversation I'm going to focus on the four-door model I drove, which can be ordered in one of five different trim levels. 

The Range Rover Evoque Pure ($41,095) offers 18-inch rims, parking assistance, keyless ignition, dual automatic climate control, partial leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, an LCD touchscreen infotainment interface, and ambient lighting. The Evoque Pure Plus (MSRP $44,100) improves on the quantity and quality of leather outfitted to the SUV's cabin, and it also adds a panoramic moonroof, larger 19-inch wheels, a power tailgate, and fog lights, while the Pure Premium trim (MSRP $48,895) introduces additional safety gear, keyless entry, a navigation system, a surround sound audio system, and adaptive HID headlights.

Moving up to the Range Rover Evoque Prestige (MSRP $55,665) nets you even nicer leather throughout the cabin, along with a heated steering wheel, heated seats front and rear, ventilated front buckets, satellite radio, wood and aluminum trim, and an automated parking system. The top-tier Dynamic trim (MSRP $56,595) is aimed at those who want the Prestige edition's luxuries but crave a sportier appearance and ride, as it bundles in a blacked-out exterior package along with 20-inch rims, an adaptive suspension system, and a louder exhaust system (but subtracts the cooled front seats). If you want to go all out, you can also consider the special Autobiography and Autobiography Dynamic editions of the Evoque, which pack a considerable luxury punch on top of the already well-equipped Prestige and Dynamic models (but with a hefty surcharge). The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque that I drove for a week was a Pure Plus model furnished with the Vision Assist bundle (versatile HID headlights,automatic high beams, encompass view cam system, blind side checking system), 20-inch 'shadow chrome' wheels, versatile journey control, the Convenience bundle (keyless passage and ignition, route), the Climate Comfort bundle (heated steering wheel, heated windshield, heated seats front and rear), satellite radio, and metallic paint. The aggregate MSRP for my analyzer came to generally $53,035 When you pinch an SUV's roof, you have to expect to feel it when it comes time to try and pack it with either people or cargo. The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque mitigates its fashion-forward design by restricting the pain to the modest 20.3 cubic feet of trunk space located between the second row seatback and the hatch. Once you factor in the cargo cover and the unique proportions of the space, you'll quickly realize that it's suitable for a few overnight bags but not much else. Fortunately, folding down the back seat offers up 51 cubes of total storage space, which was enough room for me to stuff a full set of dining room chairs and a bunch of other bags and boxes on the way home from my winter holiday. It's clearly not at the top of its class when it comes to overall hauling capacity, but the Evoque is deceptively capable when it needs to be.

Passenger room was another of my concerns when I picked up the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, but after an evening spent ferrying around a carload of five taller-than-average passengers I came to the conclusion that there's very little intrusion into the headroom for rear row riders imposed by the largely-illusory plunging roofline. Where you do notice a difference is in the amount of light admitted by the Evoque's tiny back windows - a problem that was abated by the panoramic sunroof that comes standard with the Pure Plus trim level. As it were, I had no comfort complaints from my party as we moved about the city.

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