2013 Range Rover Evoque

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“More than meets the Eye”

This sleek sporty luxury crossover has a thrilling look on the outside, and a premium feel on the inside.

Interior

New for the Evoque is the optional self-parking system and the navigation now features off road information such as topography lines and latitude and longitude coordinates, pretty sweet.  The Evoque’s center console seems to extend the upper reaches of the dashboard.  Offered as well and worth mentioning is the Dual Zone automatic air conditioning, and the surround camera system which includes five cameras.  Your entertainment experience is completed with the Premium Meridian stereo which put out a clear and terrific sound. The entertainment center is the same as the 2012 model but still one of the most versatile and user friendly system I have used recently, you can sync your Bluetooth, mp3 player, iPod, pretty much anything with a usb or wireless capability with just the touch of a few buttons and you can control all your music either from the device, display or controls on the steering wheel.  Once again premium materials are used and Range Rover did stick with the twist knob gear selector rather than the traditional shifter.

Engine / Performance

The Evoque is powered by a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. The lightweight all-aluminum powertrain delivers the same power as some larger engines but with lower fuel consumption and lower C02 emissions. Features included are permanent all-wheel drive, and terrain response technology, which provides enhanced off-road capability.  The Evoque hits speeds from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 7 seconds, it boosts EPA-estimated mileage to 18/28 mpg city/highway on premium gas. The six-speed automatic transmission is pretty well-behaved, with only occasional hesitation, typically in Drive mode. The automatic Sport mode keeps the engine clear of this and isn’t a bad choice for normal driving if you ask me. The Evoque clung to turns with such effortlessness and grace it made it a pleasure to drive.

Exterior

New for the Evoque this year would be the four-door model, called Pure.  It does give the crossover a lower starting price rather than the panoramic models available.  The 2013 Evoque is a luxury crossover with a sporty athletic exterior.  The Evoque does have a presence on the road, but leaves a small foot-print.  It’s wide and its low; the front grille and stance make it unmistakable on the road.  Although it’s optional, we were spoiled with the panoramic moon-roof, xenon adaptive headlights, a power liftgate, a heated windshield and cool contrasting roof colors.  To say this crossover doesn’t look good from the outside would be a far stretch.  Range Rover nailed it!

Safety

Safety features include with the 2013 Evoque are antilock brakes, front knee airbags, side impact and side curtain airbags and of course front airbags.  Also included is the Electronic stability system with roll stability control and corner brake control for better braking stability when cornering.  At first glance when you sit in the interior you probably wouldn’t realize what is all included with this luxury crossover, but Range Rover kept your safety in mind.

 

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Overall

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4.1/B+

 

Daniel Iglic
BigStoryNews.com
danieliglic@bigstorynews.com