12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Visiting New York

March 20, 2013
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front Left Side View
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Long-Term 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Update - SPRING 2013 (1 OF 2)
Miles to Date: 29,530
"I wished it could have stuck around longer."
We recently sent our Range Rover Evoque to the New York City area, where it spent time with senior editor Joe Lorio. Rather than muddle around in the suburban snarl, Lorio drove the Evoque some 250 miles north on a family trip to the Adirondack Mountains. Here are his thoughts:
"It's impressive how well the Evoque distills the Range Rover panache into such a diminutive package. Although I'm generally not a fan of the trend toward high beltlines and squashed rooflines, this car pulls off that aesthetic very well. Of course, visibility to the rear is horrible, but the view out the front and to the sides is better than expected due to well-shaped A-pillars and decently sized side windows. The rear seat might be a cave, though, were it not for the dramatic (and optional) full-length glass roof.
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Front Right View
"The Range Rover look is also evident in the cabin design, with rugged-looking, squared-off shapes and high-quality materials. The center console is simply but intelligently designed to corral a good amount of junk in a fairly small space. I suppose that's one bonus of the dial-a-gear shifter -- it takes up less room than a traditional gear lever -- but I still find it gimmicky, and the act of twisting a knob is less physically satisfying than moving a lever. The steering wheel is a nice size and feels good; it's loaded with all manner of switches, which is fine, but the four-way controllers are not as easy to use by feel as they are, for instance, in Volkswagens. The touchscreen works well, but I would prefer that the navigation system's zoom function and the stereo's preset buttons and tuning function be outside of the screen. I love the large, simple climate controls.
"The 2.0-liter turbo four does an admirable job propelling this little ute. Performance is lively and throttle response is good. If only it returned better fuel economy: we got an indicated 25 mpg on our four-hour drive. That's much better than what we'd expect to see in a big Range Rover but not great for a vehicle as small as the Evoque with a four-cylinder engine. Once we reached the Adirondacks, I was able to enjoy winding along two-lane roads. The nicely weighted steering and good body control made it easy to precisely guide this machine along the busy, narrow parkways. The only downside to the chassis tuning is a fairly stiff ride.
"For our trip we had three people, two duffels, one set of skis, a sled, a small cooler, and miscellaneous paraphernalia. It was like putting together a puzzle to make it all to fit. The cargo hold is quite small and pretty shallow front-to-back even with one rear seat folded. Four people would have to pack very lightly to use the Evoque as a vacation-mobile.
"Despite that limitation, I enjoyed traveling with this crossover. It's very pleasant to drive, it looks cool, it's loaded with features, and the interior is a nice place to spend time. I wished it could have stuck around longer."
Indeed, with only a few months remaining in its Four Seasons test, we weren't about to let the Range Rover slip away from the home office for an extended period. After one week, road test editor Christopher Nelson drove the Evoque back to Ann Arbor. That was enough time for the crossover to become acquainted with a New York area Range Rover dealer, which Lorio visited when the low coolant light flashed on. We've already had the coolant sensor replaced, but this time it turns out the car simply was low on coolant. Who'd have thought?
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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2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Visiting New York
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Photo Gallery

  • The Range Rover Evoque proved capable on the narrow roads around the Adirondack Mountains.
  • A New York Land Rover dealer topped off the Evoque's coolant before it returned to Michigan.
  • We love the Evoque's rear styling...
  • ...even if the small back window cuts off visibility.
  • Three people and their luggage barely fit in the Evoque.
  • Our Fuji white Evoque looks at home in a winter wonderland.

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