Driven: 2012 Range Rover Evoque

2012 Range Rover Evoque

Base price (with destination): $43,995
Price as tested: $60,120

Standard Equipment:
Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
6-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
Permanent 4-wheel drive
Hill descent control
Hill start Assist
Trailer stability assist
Traction control, stability Control
Electrically assisted power steering
Seven air bags
Rain-sensing wipers
Front and rear fog lights
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Leather-wrapped, tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Power seats
Leather seats
Power windows
Fixed panoramic glass roof with power shade
Power tailgate
Power door locks with keyless entry
Pushbutton keyless ignition
380-watt, 11-speaker Meridian audio system
Bluetooth phone and audio
8-inch touch-screen
Front and rear parking aid
Backup camera

Options on this vehicle:
Dynamic Premium trim level - $7500
19-inch wheels
Black exterior trim
Sports exhaust tips and rear skid plate
Oxford leather steering wheel
Perforated leather seats
Contrast stitching
Aluminum interior trim
Passive entry
Surround camera system
HDD navigation with voice control
825-watt, 17-speaker Meridian audio system
Xenon headlamps with AFS, auto high-beam assist
Rear-Seat Entertainment - $2500
Dual 8-inch video screens
DVD player, remote control, wireless headphones
Style 7, 20-inch shadow chrome wheels - $2500
Climate Comfort Package - $1000
Heated front seats, steering wheel, windshield, washer jets
Special paint - $950
Black roof - $650

Key options not on vehicle:
Adaptive Dynamics - $1250

Fuel economy:
18 / 28 / 22 mpg

2.0L I-4 turbo
Horsepower: 240 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 250 lb-ft @ 1750 rpm


6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3902 lb

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Looking at the EPA web site, the only non-hybrid, 4WD SUVs I see that do better than 28 mpg on the highway are the Chevy Equinox/GMC Terrain (29 mpg), the Subaru Outback (29 mpg), the Honda CR-V (30 mpg), and the tiny Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (29 mpg) and Nissan Juke (30 mpg).So, yes, you can spend less and get better mileage, but The Evoque's 28-mpg highway figure is unbeaten by any premium-brand SUV.
"The Evoque is rated at an impressive 18 mpg city and 28 on the highway, which not only puts its hard-drinking siblings to shame but is among the most economical of its ilk"I know you like this vehicle, but cmon. The most fuel efficient compact SUVs get 32 MPG on the highway, and the new Ford and Mazdas are likely to push the bar higher. Also, marvelling over how they kept the weight under 4k when new compact SUVs are below 3500 also makes little sense. It's a nicely executed vehicle that is probably miles better dynamically, but one is certainly not getting a weight or mileage marvel for the premium.

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