So the first question that comes to mind when hearing that the 2013 Range Rover Evoque has been designed with the help of Victoria Beckham: is this a real Range Rover or just another crossover pretender? The short answer: It’s a Range Rover through and through. though I’ll go into detail a little later on.
When I first got this car, I was immediately struck with the look of this truck. It looks drop dead gorgeous. The proportions, wheels and tires, the angles, it just looks right. The interior is quite good looking as well- deviated white stitching complements the black leather splendidly, and a black leather dash just looks right. There is an air of luxury about the interior that makes it feel special. The navigation system and bluetooth voice command work extremely well, and the stereo is one of the best I’ve heard to date. It is an optional unit by Meridian and has 825 watts of sonic clarity, and is definitely worth a listen. The on-road ride is exceedingly comfortable yet capable in the turns. While this isn’t exactly an SUV with handling intentions, the Range Rover handles very confidently when driven in a spirited manner. The turning radius and short overhangs deserve special mention: this truck navigates parking lots better than some small cars I’ve tested. The 2 liter turbocharged engine has ever so slight turbo lag followed by prodigious torque. The transmission shifts very smoothly and can be shifted manually with steering wheel paddles. The headroom is fantastic, with a non opening roof-length glass panel that gives a roomy skylight like feel to the vehicle. The seats give a commanding view of the road without making the driver feel top heavy. The ingress and egress are very easy, especially for a vehicle with this much ground clearance. But you already know Range Rovers are comfortable. How does the Evoque handle in the dirt?
In a word: faultlessly. I took the Evoque to a series of dirt roads I use to test similar trucks and off road oriented SUVs. I was shocked at what I found. This Evoque is one of the most comfortable and forgiving vehicles I’ve ever had the pleasure to drive off road. The terrain response settings for the vehicle work brilliantly and let you get the car a bit sideways before intervening. It’s brutally obvious that Land Rover set out to make this car just as capable off road as it is on. The suspension is compliant and keeps the tires on the road even during extreme maneuvers, while remaining supple and comfortable. The car handles mud admirably as well: it’s 20″ tires and all wheel drive system provide surprisingly good traction and response.
What would I change about the 2013 Range Rover Evoque? I suppose I’m nitpicking, but I’d like to see the option of a blind spot monitoring system. That’s about it. This is a delightful vehicle to drive and I’m pretty sad to give it back. It’s the type of car to get you and 4 of your friends anywhere and everywhere without issue, even if the trip goes through somewhere not on the map. Great job Land Rover, you have a winner on your hands.