2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review
Pros & Cons
- Striking exterior and interior design
- Available convertible variant is the only one of its kind
- Fun to drive
- Limited visibility, especially for the convertible
- Not a lot of backseat space
- Premium pricing compared to subcompact competitors
List Price Range
$32,999 - $47,550
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Which Range Rover Evoque does Edmunds recommend?
For starters, you have to choose between having a retractable roof or hardtop. Opting for the convertible comes with many downsides — getting in and out; reduced storage and visibility — but makes for a unique driving experience. We think most shoppers will be happier with the four-door fixed-roof variant. Also, you'll want the more powerful optional engine since last year's base engine left us wanting more oomph. These choices land you in the well-equipped HSE Dynamic, which includes many features you'd want, such as navigation, premium audio and heated front seats.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Evoque Convertible offers some off-roading capability, but typical buyers won't be seeking it out for off-path exploration. Instead, this SUV delivers a unique combination of sporty handling dynamics, a commanding road view and top-down freedom.
Like many convertibles, you sacrifice some top-up sound insulation for drop-top fun, and the Evoque is no different. The convertible top blocks out wind noise exceptionally well, and there's surprisingly good road comfort to be had, but the squeaks seem to find their way in on bumpier roads.
The compact Evoque has more interior space to offer than what appears. Its touchscreen infotainment, while easy to use, requires a bit of a stretch to reach controls closer to the passenger side. And for those who are less limber, getting in and out requires an above-average effort, especially for the back seat.
The Evoque Convertible is a sport-utility vehicle, but only in name. It does the "sport" thing pretty well, but "utility" is a joke. The trunk is more a rear cubby, and not a very accessible one at that. Small-item storage within the cabin is scant.
There are a lot of driving aids, some of which are optional and ones we recommend. If you plan to drive with the top up a fair amount, the 360-degree cameras and blind-spot systems will save a lot of headache. We experienced some issues with the touchscreen, voice controls and phone integration.
Most helpful consumer reviews
SE Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
My wife and I have put on +26,000 miles on our 2018 Evoque (commuting). Overall, very comfortable, solid ride, low wind noise, decent power. We did opt for the premium with the cold climate package, but getting a luxury car we figured get the amenities we want. My only issues is that 1st to 2nd gear is a clunky shift. Seems to be about 25% of the time which is off putting to myself. A big plus is the servicing on 2018s went to 1 year/16,000 miles. Our first service was under $250, and our next will be $400, so that was a nice surprise, even cheaper than our Kia. Plus after getting rear-ended and needing just shy of $20,000 in work done, my wife walked away with only a sore neck, and the dealership was very helpful every step of the way. Overall we have been very pleased with the purchase, and would recommend to our friends.
SE Dynamic 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
Very difficult to find. Apparently Land Rover doesn't distribute many to the USA. I have never had so much fun and enjoyment as I have with this vehicle. At stop lights male and females give me a thumbs up. Some roll down their windows and say they have never seen a convertible Range Rover before. All seem to agree it is totally gorgeous. Plus, it is amazing to drive. I am beyond thrilled with it. A year has passed since I own this vehicle . It is hands down the best car I have ever owned. Just regular maintenance keeps this vehicle running beautifully. It continues to be an absolute joy to drive. Regular maintenance keeps it running beautifully. It is still beyond fun driving. I love it. Two years later, I am still in love with this vehicle as from the day I drove it home. It has proven to be an excellent SUV. Regular maintenance has kept it in tip top shape. Have not had nay problems with any features. Love, love, love driving it.
SE Dynamic 2dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
Bad for the features and room for the money. Never get one without the lane keeping feature as you can't tell where you are in the lines of the road. I was worried about getting pulled over and getting a sobriety test as I was never sure it I was over the white line 1 way or the other. Crude engine, loud as a diesel w/o the economy. Trans. was jerky in upshifts and downshifts. Brakes pulsated when applied. Back seats don't go down in a very small trunk. Rear seats really arn't usable for people unless the 2 kids are less than 11. I had it for 8 mos. and 3,811 miles. Lost like $8,000. on it. It's like a $1,000. a mo. lease. Think I'll take a Bently for that-Thank-You very much! I still celebrated in getting out of it even with the loss !! The convert. maybe a collectors item, probably only reason I keep it as long as I did. With lane keeping feature, which mine did Not have, some of you may love this car. I had the Optional $1,500. extra cost Windsor Leather seats=Very Nice, rich, leather odor. Only thing that gave me a piece of luxury-in my opinion.
SE 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 9A)
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Range Rover Evoque models:
- All-Terrain Progress Control
- Holds your speed at a preset target between 1 and 18 mph on unpaved roads. Think of it as an off-road cruise control.
- Full Park Assist
- Steers for you while parallel or perpendicular parking. All you have to do is use the gas and brake pedals.
- Blind-Spot Monitor
- Notifies you during a lane change if a vehicle is in your blind spot or quickly approaching from behind.