When most people consider the Land Rover, the words compact and fuel efficient don’t enter into the equation. However, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is just that – a compact SUV that also focuses on being just a bit nicer to the environment than its much larger and thirstier brethren. Add in the usual ruggedness and luxury that you would expect from this automaker and you have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this crossover SUV.
A 2.0 turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which has of course been waterproofed and made to withstand much steeper angles of driving, is paired with an automatic six-speed transmission. The Evoque also includes roll stability control, traction and stability controls, a terrain response system and trailer stability assist along with many other standard features.
Changes for 2012
This is the first year for the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and its considerable differences from the Range Rover line just may be a view into what the future might hold for this iconic range.
What We Like
The overall handling and surprisingly quick acceleration provide a fun ride on the highway, while still managing to handle rough, off-road terrain with ease. The five passenger seating was also comfortable and relatively roomy, although adults may have a hard time fitting three across the third row. We also appreciate the pop-up shift knob in the center console that raises when the vehicle starts – it’s a nice touch that reminds you of the simple luxury you’re driving.
What Concerns Us
Buyers need to be aware that while this is a Range Rover, it can’t quite handle the same rugged terrain as its larger siblings can. While it can hold its own in off-road situations, this isn’t an SUV that you’ll want to take along mountain trails.
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is available in one model, which features a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine that provides:
- 240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
- 251 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750 rpm
- City/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg
There are two recalls on the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. The first is due to the potential failure of a component in the passenger front airbag that could disable the system. The second is due to rear brake caliper bolts that may not be torqued enough, which could cause the caliper to detach.
There have been a few complaints reported about the Evoque. They are due to steering noises, sudden power loss and failure to accelerate.