Upon first sight of Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque, it is noticeably different from the typical SUV of its class. It is sleeker, agile, more of a predator than herbivore – almost like the offspring of a Range Rover and a Jaguar. However its look isn’t what solely distinguishes it from other models of the brand. It is how it feels to drive one on the slick streets of Seattle and the eastside. Beyond its visual appeal, the 2015 Range Rover Evoque’s performance and handling demands a test drive.
Undoubtedly the Evoque is the most fun compact SUV I have driven. It stimulates senses beyond initial sight of the vehicle – the sounds, touch and smell of the ride have to be felt for yourself. This past weekend I took the 2015 Range Rover Evoque to the Spring Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley. I set out from Redmond for the Roozengaarde flower fields between Mount Vernon and the quaint coastal town of La Conner, WA. A part from the scenic ride through the stunning rural landscape, this experience allowed me to better appreciate and describe the Range Rover Evoque’s capability on both freeways and Northwest back roads alike.
What I gathered from my day trip with the Evoque was that the Range Rover model is as it appears. As I drove north on the I-5 I was surprised by how fast I was going when I’d glance down at the speedometer. The Evoque does 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. It not only looks like one of its parents had been a Jaguar, it performs and handles like a sports car on the freeway. This distinguishes the Evoque from other Land Rover models and compact SUV models of other brands.
It’s a familiar feeling to taking a Jaguar on the highway, however it feels great knowing that it comes equipped with Land Rover’s all-weather, multi-terrain capable Terrain Response system – in addition to torque vectoring and biasing with Active Driveline AWD. It’s definitely a fun car to drive, especially when you let your foot weigh a bit heavier on the pedal. However, aside from the compact SUV’s get up and go attitude, it is comforting to know that with Land Rover’s six decades of going Above and Beyond, the Evoque has your back in all conditions – on or off the road.
It really feels like getting to have your cake and eat it. It’s the most versatile, as well as being a blast to drive, vehicle I have driven – not just for a car in its class, period. All Evoque models provide the driver with 240 bhp from a 2.0-liter turbocharged Four-Cylinder engine, 250 pounds per foot of torque, a 9-speed automatic transmission, and lightweight all-aluminum technology – delivering significantly improved fuel efficiency and lowered CO2 emissions. Of course, being a Land Rover product, luxury and comfort are paramount in its design alongside performance and handling. Therefore an array of safety and style features come in the Range Rover Evoque. It comes in either Coupe or Five-Door body styles and is available in 5 model choices – Pure, Pure Plus, Pure premium, Prestige, and Dynamic.
If you’re in the market for a compact sports utility vehicle, the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is an absolute must to be taken for a test drive. This is especially true for the Pacific Northwest driver, who wants a great driving vehicle that assures reliability and capability in unpredictable Seattle weather, while also appealing to the eyes and invigoration of the senses.
Inquire at Land Rover Seattle for availability, and a test drive!