12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Little Sacrifice

September 4, 2012
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front Left View
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Long-Term 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Update - FALL 2012 (1 OF 3)
Miles to date: 11,060
"The Evoque isn't just odd -- it's beautiful."
Perhaps the biggest question entering our Four Seasons test of the Range Rover Evoque was whether its high style would prove a hindrance to everyday usability. So far, the answer seems to be no.
"At last, a vehicle with concept-car styling that doesn't force the user to sacrifice comfort or usability in one way or another," says associate web editor Evan McCausland. "It's roomy. It's practical. I can fit in it. I can use it. Heck, I want to keep using it."
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front Left Side View
The Evoque has also fared quite well in family testing. "In spite of the swoopy profile of the window line, it's no harder to load kids into the Evoque's back seats than it is in most sedans," notes copy editor Rusty Blackwell, who drove to Midland, Michigan, with his wife and two child-seat-age daughters. "Getting the bulky seats through the smallish door openings requires the utmost care, though," he admits.
The Evoque's rear hold isn't exactly cavernous -- the Honda Fit has more seat-down cargo room -- but it has done well with a few gentlemanly hauling chores: office furniture, a charcoal grill, photography equipment, and an old bicycle. The only complaint so far has been with the load floor. "It's not completely flat," says deputy editor Joe DeMatio. "I'd say there's about an 8- or 10-degree upward angle."
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front Interior
Longtime readers may be wondering how we can praise the utility of the Evoque after we whined about the compromises demanded by our two previous swoopy, sporty Four Seasons crossovers, the Infiniti EX35 and the Acura ZDX. One important reason is headroom -- the Evoque has more of it both front and rear than either the Infiniti or the Acura. Another is visibility. "I actually can see out of the Evoque, thanks to the helpful passenger-side rear quarter window," says McCausland.
And yet the biggest difference between the Range Rover and the oddball crossovers that have come before may be that it isn't just odd -- it's beautiful. How beautiful? "A shirtless Michael Fassbender nursing an injured puppy back to health while humming Harry Connick, Jr.'s entire discology wouldn't be as attractive to women as this vehicle," opines road test editor Christopher Nelson. "The Evoque looks otherworldly," adds the slightly less hyperbolic associate web editor Donny Nordlicht. "And anyone who makes it to the interior is wowed by the rotary shifter and the glass roof." The Evoque, like that stunning pair of stilettos your girlfriend insists don't hurt her feet, is stylish enough that we're happy to give up some of the usability we'd normally demand from a compact crossover.
Base price (with dest.)$41,995
Price as tested$49,635
Body Style 4-door crossover
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Engine 16-valve DOHC turbocharged I-4
Displacement 2.0 liters (122 cu in)
Power 240 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 251 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Drive Four-wheel
Fuel Economy 18/28/22 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Electrically assisted
Turns lock-to-lock 2.45
Turning circle 37.1 ft
Suspension, Front Control arm, coil spring
Suspension, Rear Control arm, coil spring
Brakes F/R 11.8"x1.1" vented disc/11.9"x0.4" solid disc
Wheels 19-inch aluminum
Tires Continental CrossContact
Tire Size 235/55VR-19
Headroom F/R 40.3/39.7 in
Legroom F/R 40.1/36.4 in
Shoulder Room F/R 56.6/55.4 in
Wheelbase 104.8 in
Track F/R 63.9/64.1 in
L x W x H 171.5 x 83.7 x 64.4 in
Caro Capacity 20.3/51.0 cu ft
Weight 3902 lb
Weigh dist. F/R 61/39%
Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal
Est. Range 400 miles
Fuel Grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)
Standard Equipment Keyless ignition 11-speaker Meridian audio system Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity USB port iPod connectivity Auxiliary audio jack Power tailgate Adjustable ambient interior lights Cruise control Automatic dual-zone climate control Power front seats w/seat belt pre-tensioners Front and rear parking assist Rearview camera Automatic halogen headlights Rain-sensing windshield wipers Stability and traction control Hill start assist and hill descent control Trailer stability assist Paddle shifters Terrain Response System (Normal/Snow/Mud/Sand)
Pure Premium Xenon package $5,890 Keyless entry Surround camera system HDD navigation w/voice control 17-speaker Meridian audio system 10-disc CD hard drive Adaptive Xenon headlights LED signature lights Cargo storage rails
Climate Comfort package $1,000 Heated front seats, steering wheel, windshield, and washer nozzles
SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio $750

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