They say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” And the beholder has been spoiled yet further, since the already gorgeous subject has only improved with the renovation. The Range Rover Evoque is the vehicle in question. For a comparable price, you can acquire the Land Rover Discovery Sport, which is mechanically identical but has greater capacity and even seven seats. However, it lacks the oomph of its sportier sibling. Now it’s time to see just how wonderful the new Land Rover Evoque is…
All sexes can be caught off guard as they stare in awe at the Evoque’s contours. The stunning appearance transports you into a time warp, revealing a design from the future that has travelled back in time. The attention to detail is outstanding. The indentation on either side of the front bumper forward of the wheel, for example, breaks up the monotony. The SUV has a strong posture, especially when seen in the rearview mirror, thanks to the fog lamp scoops and a pair of fierce headlamps with DRLs.
Everything about the Evoque is designed to be stylish. The sloped blacked-out pillars, audaciously elevated shoulder line, tapering roof line, and emphasised wheel arches all scream style icon rather than function. The chrome pointy exhaust tips should have been better engineered to conceal those ridiculous looking exhaust ends, which was our sole criticism of the exteriors. Overall, the facelifted Evoque is a desirable vehicle.
The interiors are also quite stunning. The majority of the dash and door pads are covered in soft touch leather; the interior design has a sense of refinement; and the quality levels are good. It also has a sporty steering wheel with rubber inserts and aluminium pedals with rubber inserts.
The front windscreen is smaller than other automobiles due to the overall design, and while this does not significantly reduce view over the hood, it does give the impression of driving a smaller vehicle. However, visibility through the back glass is weak. Even though the Evoque has huge, usable mirrors, we are especially pleased with its rear view camera, which would have made things much more difficult.
The front seats of the Evoque are very comfortable. They’re also stylish, with dual-tone colours that complement the door pads. Seats are also functional due to the several levels of adjustment available: leg and head room, as well as lumbar and thigh support, are all adjustable. Our perspective on the back seats, on the other hand, is quite the contrary. For improved thigh support, the designers may have gone with a longer seat. However, because to the lack of elbow room and the bulging seat back, the occupant in the middle will be the most uncomfortable.
The front seats have been constructed in such a way that they come up very high and wide in the back, despite the abundance of headroom. This makes the back more cramped, despite the abundance of headroom. Then there’s the headrest with the screens, which towers over the entire front end and obscures the view. To make matters worse, the back windows are exceedingly small, and the shoulder line is extremely high. Nonetheless, the lengthy quarter window and the crater-sized panorama sunroof (when open) try to cram in more glass and create a sense of space that isn’t there.
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A 2.2-litre diesel engine produces 190bhp and 420Nm of torque and is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle changes. The motor accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds, but what we enjoyed most about it was the stress-free, smooth, and linear quality of its adjustable power delivery. It is equally at ease in low-speed urban traffic as it is in high-speed highway traffic. In D mode, the transmission also looks for opportunities to upshift and settle down to even lower rpms in order to save fuel. It’s also quiet inside the cabin, and the Evoque does an excellent job of masking speed; even at 120 kph, you’ll feel like you’re driving at a leisurely 60 kph. However, the Evoque is inefficient. In the city, it got 9.70 kpl and on the highway, it got 13.76 kpl.
The Evoque isn’t just a sporty-looking SUV; it’s also a sporty-driving SUV. The steering feel is good (for an SUV), it handles tight bends quickly and smoothly, and it stays planted and confident even in lengthy, rapid corners. Even over damaged parts, the ride on tarmac is fairly flat and settled. When you encounter concrete undulations at low speeds, though, you get thrown around uncomfortably.
If you keep track of JLR’s ‘Experience’ outings, you’ll see that the Evoque’s 4WD and highly praised terrain response system is serious business. These automobiles are capable of heavy off-roading. Another feature that drew our attention was the brakes, which, while competent in most situations, will require you to learn how to brake forcefully when the circumstance demands it. For the first three quarters of the game, there isn’t much bite, but towards the finish of the journey, it starts biting hard. Even if the bite is progressive, the wait for the job to be completed, particularly when panic braking, is excruciating. The requirement of the hour is for less travel combined with a faster response time.
A reality check is in order! You’re probably reading this review because you’re thinking with your heart; otherwise, you’d have chosen the LR Discovery Sport and boasted about the identical price, additional capacity, and seven seats. But you know deep down that the Evoque has carved out a niche for itself. Let’s go right to the point and ask you what you can’t live without in this vehicle, and the response is unanimous. For the same amount of bread, nothing else in this category can provide you with as many head turns and the resulting satisfaction of possession. Moreover, none of the issues we raised are deal-breakers. So, would you spend Rs 47.10 to Rs 63.20 lakh (ex-Delhi) on a vehicle only for its good looks? Of course you would; after all, isn’t that why we see so many being driven around…all over the world?