Panoramic Moonroof, Power Lift Gate, Back Up Camera, Heated Seats Front & Rear, Leather upholstery, Twist-Knob Gear Selector, Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning, Meridian Sound System, Rearview Camera, Heated Steering Wheel, Dual Exhaust Tips, Xenon High-Intensity-Discharge Adaptive Headlights, Fog Lights, Terrain Response System (with different modes for sand, mud and snow), 19” Alloy Wheels, 240HP Turbocharged 2.0L Inline-4, Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission with Paddle Shift, On-Demand Four-Wheel Drive, and 133,150 kms
The Range Rover Evoque luxury SUV appeals to those seeking a sense of timeless British style in a vehicle designed to be compatible with the realities of 21st-century driving. A capable off-road adventurer offering 30 mpg on the highway is a first for Land Rover.
Can an off-road-capable SUV double as an ultramodern work of art and still be taken seriously? It can if it’s Land Rover’s 2015 Range Rover Evoque compact-luxury SUV. The Evoque takes it to competitors like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 by offering styling that’s supercar slick, and then tossing in a truly off-road-capable suspension and all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Rubbing salt in the wound is a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine attached to a lightweight body.
In the civilized world, the Range Rover Evoque demonstrates a poise and level of ride and handling much more akin to a polished sports sedan. Body motions are measured and predictable, the steering firm and communicative and the power from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine abundant. Off-road, we were impressed at just how well our Evoque SUV handled mud, deep rutted back roads and slippery inclines. One or more wheels always seemed to find traction, and the competent suspension managed to absorb the brutal impacts that surpassed the Evoque’s 8.3 inches of ground clearance.
Contrasting with the flashy exterior of the 2015 Range Rover Evoque luxury SUV is a simple-laid-out interior. Material quality is excellent, and the details like buttons and switches have a quality feel. The seats are comfortable yet supportive.
ACTIVE DRIVELINE AWD – This system uses only the front wheels when cruising at speeds above 35 km/h; it automatically activates the rear wheels when it senses extra traction is needed. Torque vectoring redirects engine torque among the four wheels to enhance stability in corners.
POP-UP SHIFT KNOB – Sometimes it’s the little things in life that delight most. The 2015 Evoque by Land Rover features a solid aluminum rotary shift knob that rises up from the console once the engine is started, then hides itself away again once the vehicle is powered down.
The 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has personality in spades. Being on the most fundamental level “utility” vehicles, crossover SUVs — even luxury models — typically aren’t notable for their jaw-dropping styling. But the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque turns that idea on its ear. Land Rover deserves praise for bringing concept-car styling directly to the showroom.
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