The 2022 Range Rover Evoque has a style stranglehold on its subcompact luxury SUV competitors, but its charms fall victim to practical downfalls such as its puny cargo area and snug rear-seat space. While the interior is well tailored and nicely outfitted, several dimensionally smaller rivals offer roomier cabins with similar equipment. Two available turbocharged engines are available and all-wheel drive is standard, but the Evoque's handling is less agile than SUVs such as the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLB-class, and the Volvo XC40. However, those crossovers can feel a bit more like pumped up hatchbacks than SUVs, and the Land Rover's off-roading heritage trickles down to the Evoque in the form of a tall riding position and a substantial feeling that makes it undeniably an SUV.
What's New for 2022?
A sporty-looking HST R-Dynamic trim joins the options sheet for 2022. The HST R-Dynamic also reintroduces the 296-hp P300 turbocharged four-cylinder engine back into the Evoque lineup. In addition to the more powerful powertrain, the HST R-Dynamic trim also includes unique glossy black 20-inch wheels, a black-painted roof, black exterior trim, and red brake calipers. All Evoque models now come with heated seats, a wireless smartphone charging pad, a power-operated rear liftgate, and keyless entry as standard equipment. Ostuni Pearl White replaces Yulong White on the color palette.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We'd go with the mid-range R-Dynamic SE model as it adds features such as a power liftgate, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, automatic high-beam headlamps with auto-leveling, LED daytime running lights, and 20-inch wheels. We'd also fork over the extra cash for the Online Pack option package.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Evoque is powered by a 246-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder dubbed P250, and it comes standard with a nine-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. At our test track, the Evoque delivered a 7.1-second zero-to-60-mph run. Rivals such as the BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40 delivered slightly quicker times, but the Land Rover is still competitively lively. The more powerful P300 powertrain is limited to the top-spec HST R-Dynamic. That engine makes a stout 296 horsepower and is assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system; at our test track the P300 managed a 6.6-second zero-to-60-mph time. On the road, there's no mistaking the Evoque for a hatchback car as you can with the X1. It feels substantial, and the seat height is SUV appropriate; it handles corners adequately but won't satisfy enthusiast drivers in the same way as the BMW or Mercedes-Benz GLA-class.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the Evoque should deliver 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. In our 75-mph highway fuel economy test, a P250 returned a rather dismal 24 mpg. For more information about the Evoque's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Unfortunately, the Evoque's chunky exterior dimensions belie its cabin space, which is tight—especially for those in the back seat. When compared with other subcompact SUVs such as the X1 and the XC40, the Evoque's rear seats feel downright confined. That said, interior materials are quite nice. The Evoque can be ordered with a very cool textured-cloth upholstery that covers the seats, door panels, and dashboard; leather is still offered as standard, though. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and ambient interior lighting. Cargo space behind the rear seat isn't as generous as you'd expect from an SUV, but it held six carry-on suitcases in our testing, which aligns with a good part of the segment.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All Evoque models come with a 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen running Land Rover's Pivi Pro interface. The system offers good functionality and is much improved over the last generation models' InControl Touch Pro system, but buyers will still need to get accustomed to its quirks. Navigation and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration are all standard; a head-up display, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a Meridian premium audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio are all optional.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Land Rover has equipped the Evoque with a host of standard driver-assistance features with more offered as optional extras. For more information about the Evoque's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
With a warranty that barely meets the industry standard, the Range Rover Evoque does nothing to stand out in this category. The Lexus NX may be a better choice for buyers who drive more than the average person, since that model comes with longer powertrain coverage.
- Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance