Expert review written by the Kelley Blue Book vehicle review editorial team.
Land Rover offers the 2018 Range Rover Evoque as a unique 2-door convertible with a power-folding soft top or a traditional 5-door SUV. Although the compact-luxury SUV is off-road ready, the Evoque isn’t as rugged as the larger Land Rover models. All-wheel drive is standard on both body styles, however, and all 2018 Evoques are powered by new turbocharged 4-cylinder engines.
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If you’re looking for an SUV convertible, the 2018 Range Rover Evoque is the only one in the world. Try it, you’ll like it. The more conventional 5-door Range Rover Evoque also pegs the cool meter with an unmistakable Land Rover design. It’s perfect for those who desire the products of the world’s premier-luxury-SUV maker but are still on a budget.
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The 2018 Range Rover Evoque is small, which translates to a tight interior and limited cargo space. In fact, it’s probably too small for most families. And Land Rover does not offer a third row in the Evoque. Other models in this class that are more family-friendly include the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC.
For 2018 Land Rover has improved the Range Rover Evoque with two new turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, one with 237 horsepower and a high-output 286-horsepower version. Models with the more powerful engine also get a more aggressive-looking front bumper. Onboard 4G Wi-Fi is also a new option.
Although the 2018 Range Rover Evoque is one of Land Rover’s most affordable models, it features a cabin packed with all the elegant aesthetics, upscale materials and fine detailing you expect in the brand’s luxury SUVs. The front seats are comfortable and heated, although the back seats are on the snug side. The Evoque’s 20.3 cubic feet of cargo space is somewhat limited, but not out of line for a small vehicle like the Evoque. The InControl Touch Pro touch-screen infotainment system has its lovers and haters, while the Meridian sound system is universally loved. We also like its dial shifter, which rises dramatically from the console when you start the engine. The convertible seats only four, and cargo space is particularly diminutive.
With its tall, blunt nose and short overhangs, the 2018 Range Rover Evoque looks a lot like a full-size Range Rover or Range Rover Sport, only smaller. It’s striking and aggressively proportioned, with a sloping roof, which seems to float over the SUV’s black pillars, flared flanks and oversized wheels and tires. The front end features a racy-looking bumper and there are supercar-style vents in its hood. The convertible’s top-up profile mimics the coupe’s roofline, and it hides completely from view when folded. At the same time, the folded top emphasizes the Evoque’s high sills, blunt nose and tall tail.
The 2018 Range Rover Evoque is in fact an actual Land Rover, with unexpectedly good capability when the tires leave paved roads. An adjustable drive mode allows the driver to choose among Mud, Sand, Snow and other terrains with the flick of a switch. While it lacks the low-range gearing of its bigger brothers, which keeps it from serious off-road duty, it’s definitely more capable than you might expect for something as stylish as this. Around town the Evoque’s firm suspension and sharp steering make it feel like a sports sedan, but it also means the ride’s on the stiff side. There’s good power from the new 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, but the 9-speed automatic sometimes hesitates when downshifting, and feels particularly rough as you slow to a stop. The convertible drives similarly, but with a top that goes down quickly while keeping your hair mostly in place, plus it looks like nothing else on the road.
The base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a Range Rover Evoque SE 5-door comes in at just under $43,000 if you include the $995 destination charge. The base Convertible SE Dynamic model will set you back about $53,000. The new Evoque Landmark Edition, which gets interior and exterior upgrades but retains the base model’s 237-horsepower engine, starts around $49,500. And the top-of-the-range Evoque 5-door Autobiography starts around $66,500, and that’s before options. Whatever model you get, be sure to get the Driver Assistance Packages, ranging from $1,000 to $2,700, for their additional safety and convenience attributes. The Evoque’s rivals like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5 tend to start in the mid- to high-$30,000 range, and offer more interior space without the Evoque’s style. Check out what others paid in your area with the Fair Purchase Price on KBB.com, and note that Land Rovers tend to have below-average residual values.
All 2018 Range Rover Evoque models come standard with Active Driveline all-wheel drive, a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission. Also standard is Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, with its modes for General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, and Sand. Evoque drivers also get standard Hill Start Assist, and the All-Terrain Progress Control system maintains a preset speed between 1.1 mph and 19 mph to assist in negotiating difficult terrain. The InControl Touch infotainment system is also standard, as are numerous comfort and convenience features and driving aids. The base Evoque SE gets power leather seats, an 8-inch touch screen, 18-inch wheels and front and rear parking sensors.
2018 Evoque models above the SE and SE Premium trim levels get standard navigation and InControl Pro services, with other available upgrades including heated front seats and 19-inch wheels. Step up to the Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic and you’ll get the more powerful 286-horsepower engine, Adaptive Dynamics and Oxford leather steering wheel along with 14-way Oxford leather seats and InControl Touch Plus. Also available: a Blind Spot Monitor system with Reverse Traffic Detection and configurable interior mood lighting. The top-line Autobiography comes with adaptive headlights with the Land Rover LED signature, satin-brushed aluminum trim, and an 825-watt, 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system.
ACTIVE DRIVELINE 4WD & TERRAIN RESPONSE SYSTEMThe Evoque is all-wheel drive (AWD) up to 22 mph. Then it switches to front-wheel-drive (FWD) mode to save fuel. If the system detects low traction, it immediately redirects torque to the rear wheels. The Evoque’s Terrain Response system lets you choose among different modes including Snow, Sand and Trail. Throttle input, suspension settings and other systems alter to best enhance traction. SURROUND CAMERA SYSTEMThe Range Rover Evoque’s Surround Camera System is like the ultimate rearview camera. Four cameras mounted around the SUV provide an overhead 360-degree bird’s-eye view of the Evoque and its surroundings on the Range Rover’s 10.2-inch touch screen. It makes parking and maneuvering the SUV in tight spaces much easier and it helps when off-roading.
Under the Hood
Every 2018 Range Rover Evoque Convertible is powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 237 horsepower. This same engine is used in the 5-door SE, SE Premium, HSE and Landmark Edition. The Evoque HSE Dynamic and Autobiography get a stronger 286-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter, which drops the SUV’s 0-60-mph acceleration time from 6.7 seconds to six seconds flat. Both engines are smooth, with some turbo lag that’s perfectly acceptable, and plenty of kick when you step on the gas. Note that the engines also achieve the same fuel-economy ratings and they have been engineered for operation at the kinds of extreme angles encountered while off-roading. Connected to both engines is a 9-speed automatic with paddle shifters for manual control. Full-time AWD is standard on all 2018 Evoques. 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4237 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm251 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 mpg, 21/29 mpg (convertible) 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4286 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm295 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg, 21/29 mpg (convertible)
Land Rover offers the 2018 Range Rover Evoque as a unique 2-door convertible with a power-folding soft top or a traditional 5-door SUV. Although the compact-luxury SUV is off-road ready, the Evoque isn’t as rugged as the larger Land Rover models. It’s more Rodeo Drive than Rubicon Trail. However, all-wheel drive with a switchable Terrain Response System is standard, and Land Rover says the Evoque has over eight inches of ground clearance and can wade through 19 inches of standing water. All new Evoques are powered by new turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, including a 286-horsepower mill that powers the new HSE Dynamic and Autobiography trim levels. Evoque SE, SE Premium, HSE, Landmark Edition and all convertibles pack 237 horsepower, and all models get a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic. Rivals include the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.