2012 Range Rover Evoque First Impressions
Luxury brands are moving down while regular brands are diversifying, and if the group in which your make belongs is doing neither you'll basically be left behind. Nothing is sacred anymore, and we need to thank the powers that be sitting high atop their world headquarters, wherever they may be. Do it! Thank them!
Thank them because their vision is what's allowed you to buy an affordable high-end car. Be it a Porsche Boxster, an Audi A3, a Mercedes B-Class or a BMW 1-Series, you bought one because, A) It fit your budget; and B) Because you wanted a piece of that brand's action.
|Range Rover expects that as much as 80% to 90% of Evoque buyers will be new to the brand. (Photo: Mathieu St-Pierre/Auto123.com)
Now, when I say Range Rover, what comes to mind? I instantly think of the King of Hill – not Hank Hill, mind you. The Range Rover is a regal, stately affair reserved only for the Beckhams and those with pocketbooks as deep as the Royal Family's. Not so any more.
Land Rover has accomplished what will most likely turn out to be the boldest, bravest and smartest move in its 65-year history.
The Range Rover was created in 1970 as an alternative or “hybrid” vehicle that was as capable on the road as it was off. The recipe was an instant success and has worked brilliantly for the last four decades. The ingredients have changed little in that time: big, powerful engines, sophisticated 4WD systems and straight angles meeting every surface.
As Range Rover faces the second decade of the 21st Century, it has decided to mix it up somewhat – make that a whole heck of a lot. With evermore demanding environmental requirements and a desire and demand for dynamic styling, the lads in Gaydon, Warwickshire chiseled a shape never before considered for a Range Rover.
After tumultuous relationships with BMW and Ford, Land Rover has been “saved” by the giant that is Tata. This Indian company has opened its mind and wallet ($11 billion in R&D over the next five years) to the great Jaguar and Land Rover makes, and has invested a considerable amount into the Evoque. I can tell you with certainty that it shows. Just look at the Evoque.
What do you see? I see a fizzing, jazzed-up body perfectly stretched over a well conceived chassis borrowing, but lightly, on the LR2/Freelander – and it's all Range Rover. It has an unsurpassed amount of panache and prestige for a vehicle in its category of which most comes from the RANGE ROVER letters stretched across the bonnet. Who doesn't want to drive a Range Rover?
The idea of owning a Range Rover on a smaller scale with a decent starting price of $46,995 (Coupé starts at $52,595) are what will draw consumers into showrooms. In fact, in a brief discussion with one of the reps, Land Rover expects (or hopes) that dealer traffic will increase threefold in the coming months. Actually, they plan on tripling their annual sales within five years. I say it can be done.
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10-10-2011 12:08 PM
I got my Evoque yesterday.
First things first, so here are some of my wife's first impressions: "It's so nice that the car remembers the way I want to have the driver's seat. And it's easy to drive, comfortable to sit in, there's room for all my shoppings and it looks great (just love the green colour)."
Refuelling first time after 660 kms (mainly roads): 52,5 liters, which makes 7.96 ltr / 100 kms or 35.49 miles per gallon (Imperial).
My Evoque is 2.2 TD4 Dynamic Automat.
Last edited by timosf; 10-18-2011 at 12:29 PM.
We love everything about this car, the looks, the pam roof, the only issue is the back tail gate button has a problem sometimes not working. We got the Pure Prem. with climate control and HDD SAT radio. So almost eveything.
@bambam Please post some pics!
here is a picture.
We made a little holiday trip, 1500 kms, visiting north-eastern parts of Finland. I think that Evoque is one of the best cars for travelling on motorways but also on sandy roads trough wilderness.
Wow, the dark green is very nice! I wasn't sold on the dark green using the website tools.
Originally Posted by timosf
I've now had mine for 48 hours. Pure Premium in Red. Things I like: rides nice, handles well, enough power, looks great, shorter and nimbler than other bulky luxury SUVs, good fuel economy for an SUV, the upgraded stereo is awsome, the push button start is easy since you don't hold it down and wonder when to let go as happens with a key, I like the large side view mirrors to help visibility, the rear view camera is great so I don't run over my cat, the upgraded lights are white and bright at night, low wind noise, the car feels built tight and secure, the climate controls are hands free, worry free, and make the ride even more comfortable, the cruise control steering wheel buttons work better and are more precise than the older style on a side stick with a slide switch that didn't have a definite setting.
Things that could be better: the placement of the side console puts the corner of the lift cover right at my elbow joint. They should either place it closer so that an arm can rest on it, or get it out of the way so it isn't poking a sensitive spot all the time. No remote start option. The Navigation system is complicated to use and not even close to as nice as the current top end Garmin for $500. The center console is thicker than it needs to be, leaving no room to move your knee to the right for stretching on longer trips. With that center console being so large it has surprisingly little storage space. You have to decide to have 2 cup holders or take out the foam and have a place to put things instead, limited space otherwise. The control touch screen requires too many touches to get anywhere, too many pages while driving to read and navigate through, for example, going into Ipod and then selecting an additional screen to see a button to ask for your playlists. The playlists button should be on the initial control screen for the Ipod, it shouldn't assume that you want to start playing everything on the Ipod from song 1 every time without showing you the playlist button up front.
Yes I am a perfectionist, I'm not here to bash the car I just selected, I'm just spelling it all out because people are coming here with a true curiosity to find these details out. I'm still happy with my purchase, because the things in my like list have more importance.
Yep, navigation sucks. Issues are numerous, e.g. in Toronto, Canada:
Sherbourne, a major street, has no intersections
Wellesley, another major street, has no intersections
There is no QEW listed in the database, that is the most major street in Canada
427 is labeled on map but not listed in the database
You have to enter HWY and a minus before some hwy numbers, but not others.
The big square POI buttons float over the map and prevent the map moving forward during browse-scrolling.
Scrolling in other directions typically resullts in accidental and fast screen rotation (is there any way to disable rotation)
The alpha keyboard works when grayed out, but by graying out it gives a false impression of slowing down text entry
Basically, the nav system is so badly configured as to be an embarrassment to Range Rover. It has too many bugs to be useful.
The NAV is supplied by NAVTEQ, so I registered with them and submitted road advisories, but NAVTEQ does not yet support the Evoque online, which is disgusting since they support all of Range Rover's other cars.
That said, the Evoque is still the best small SUV available globally, and was well worth the 6-month wait that it takes to get one here in Canada. I've had people offer to buy it off me second hand, for more than the C$72k (incl tax) it took to buy it new. The thing rocks, and drives like a dream. Shame the software is so last century though...