Some may look at it as the entry point into the Range Rover range of SUVs, while others may think that the Evoque is targeted at the younger buyer. Well, it’s a mix of both. Since the company has sold close to 8 lakh units of the vehicle, it’s clearly a popular car. The new one’s deliveries are expected in 2019, but for now, the Indian market gets the five-door SUV, and a two-door convertible. Regardless of the body style, the Evoque is striking but very potent on bad roads, too.
Look at the Evoque from any angle, and it’s bound to make you leave whatever you’re doing for another look. It’s not the kind of car that goes unnoticed. Even in the regular SUV guise, it grabs a lot of attention. The imposing front-end styling is backed by a coupe-like roof and a high-set waistline. The glasshouse might not be the largest but it makes the Evoque a more balanced design — and less of a top-heavy one. In terms of looks, at least.
The Evoque’s exterior might not be troubled with ageing, the interior is. Unlike the new-gen model that comes with a dual touchscreen like on the other Range Rovers, the current cabin on the Evoque feels a bit dated. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the money you would spend on buying an Evoque. The fit and finish are good, the seats are supportive, and the overall space isn’t bad, either. The touchscreen system works flawlessly, and with a wide range of adjustments, finding the right driving spot isn’t difficult at all.
The Range Rover Evoque is currently offered with two engine choices: 2-litre petrol and a 2-litre diesel. The diesel makes 177 bhp and 430 Nm, comes mated to a 9-speed automatic gearbox and takes 9.1 seconds to reach 100 kmph from a standstill. The petrol engine, on the other hand, makes 237 bhp and 340 Nm. Like the diesel, it also comes with an AWD system and a 9-speed automatic gearbox. It’s quicker off the line, taking 7.2 seconds to reach 100 kmph.
There are three trim levels on the Range Rover Evoque: SE, HSE, and HSE Dynamic. The Evoque Convertible is available only in the latter, while for the five-door model, there’s a new diesel-only Landmark Edition. Prices start at Rs 52.06 lakh for the Diesel SE, while the petrol-powered model is priced at Rs 52.08 lakh. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible is the most expensive of the lot, at Rs 69.53 lakh.
There’s some strong competition from the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, BMW X3, and the Volvo XC60. But it must be kept in mind that these are newer than the Evoque (in its current form). Things will be a lot different once the new Evoque hits the market. If you’re looking to buy something from the Land Rover stable, then the Discovery Sport is worth a try, too.
Good to drive; surprising off the road Styling The Evoque Convertible is one of its kind
Dated interior Replacement coming soon