The 2018 Rover Land Rover Rover The Evoque is a subcompact and all-wheel-drive premium SUV that offers options you would not find in any class: convertible. Although most people will choose the more traditional four-door variant, the availability of a two-door convertible talks about the Evoque style.
However, the emphasis on style brings some sacrifice in traditional SUVs characteristic. Storage space and visibility fall, and the interior is more difficult to enter and exit, especially for convertibles. However, the 2018 Evoque remains a true Land Rover equipped with off-road technology, including low speed cruise control.
Not the only design that makes the Evoque unique. Although classified as subcompact, the Evoque price is closer to a larger luxury SUV, so the direct comparison is complicated. But if you want an appealing look and feel, the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is worth considering.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a compact luxury crossover SUV offered in two versions: four-door crossover or a two-door convertible. The four-door is available in six trim levels: SE, SE Premium, Landmark Edition, HSE, HSE Dynamic and Autobiography. The convertible is offered in SE Dynamic and HSE Dynamic trims.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SE standard equipment includes keyless entry, five-spoke 18-inch wheels, halogen headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a heated rear windshield, LED taillights, heated power side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, 12-way power-adjusting leather seats and a 60/40-split rear seat.
Technology features include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera with trailer hitch guidance, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and an 80-watt stereo with eight speakers. Also standard is the Land Rover suite of off-road technology features, which includes hill descent control, All-Terrain Progress Control, and the Terrain Response system, which adjusts how the vehicle behaves for preset settings (for example Snow, Gravel, Ruts, and Mud).
The SE Premium trim adds seven-spoke 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights with LED accents, front seat memory settings and hands-free tailgate access. The Landmark Edition trim is more emphasis on style. It adds seven-spoke 19-inch wheels and the more aggressive exterior design along with a different style of interior layout.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque HSE adds 10-spoke 19-inch wheels, unique exterior trimmings, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, a higher grade of leather, configurable mood lighting and 380 watts stereo with 11 speakers. The HSE Dynamic comes with seven-spoke 19-inch wheels, aggressive bodywork, illuminated doorsills and a perforated leather steering wheel.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography adds 20-inch wheels, a heated windshield, adaptive LED headlights, illuminated door sills, heated steering wheel, 14-way power-adjusting front seats with ventilation, heating and massage functions, a heated rear seat and 825 watts stereo with 17 speakers. The Autobiography also gets collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, a surround-view camera, and automatic parking system.
The SE Dynamic convertible is mostly the same as the four-door SE, but it has seven-spoke 18-inch wheels, a wind deflector, 12-way power-adjusting front seats with memory function, a 10.2-inch touchscreen with the 11-speaker stereo system. The HSE Dynamic matches to the four-door HSE Dynamic with negligible differences.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 237 horsepower and 251 lb-feet of torque. A high output variant of the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four generates 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Its available in the four-door but only on the HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trims. A nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard.
Every Range Rover Evoque comes with hill start assist and hill descent control systems and Land Rover Terrain Response system, which provides selectable settings for specific road and trail conditions.
In performance testing, the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, which is a bit slower than average. EPA estimated fuel economy at 25 mpg combined (22 city/29 highway) for the four-door and 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) for the convertible, which are better than average numbers for a gas-powered small luxury crossover. The high-output version rated at (24/21/29).
Go inside the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and you’ll find a luxury passenger cabin, but it’s really intended for two, not five. The front seats offer good support and comfort, and the ventilated and heated versions are an advantage in extreme weather. The rear seats are another problem, because the sloping roofline reduces the headroom dramatically. In and out of the back seats can also be a bit difficult, especially in the convertible model. In addition, the narrow side and the rear window reduce visibility, making the available 360-degree camera system becomes a valuable feature for maneuvering in narrow places.
The 2018 Range Rover Evoque stylish exterior is reflected in the cabin with logical, sleek layout controls as well as high quality materials. The 8-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard looks great, but is a little slow to respond to input compared to competing systems. Convertible 10.2-inch screen is a great improvement thanks to larger screens and greater computing power. The InControl Suite Apps infotainment system allows apps on connected smartphones to be accessed from the dashboard-mounted touchscreen, as well as remote control features that let you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and adjust climate controls from your smartphone
Due to the sloping roofline, the Evoque cargo capacity falls compared to rivals. The four doors offer only 20.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 51 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded down.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing for the base Range Rover Evoque SE start at $42,795, including destination fee. The SE Premium trim carries a price tag of $46,895 and the Landmark Edition costs $49,395. The HSE trim starts at $52,095 and the HSE Dynamic trim starts at $55,295. The range-topping model Autobiography trim costs $63,595.
The entry-level convertible model SE Dynamic costs $53,095 and the range-topping HSE Dynamic trim is priced at $58,795.