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Used Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: 2011-2013

2011 Range Rover Evoque
EXPERT RATING
8
NEW In a sea of unrelenting sameness the Range Rover Evoque stands out with its super low roofline giving it a sporty style unlike any other SUV. But it's not just about the look of the Evoque, it's also a capable vehicle on and off road, as you would expect from such a respected brand in the off-road field. Like all

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In a sea of unrelenting sameness the Range Rover Evoque stands out with its super low roofline giving it a sporty style unlike any other SUV.

But it's not just about the look of the Evoque, it's also a capable vehicle on and off road, as you would expect from such a respected brand in the off-road field.

Like all SUVs today, the Evoque was conceived to appeal to those who live for the bush driving experience as well as those who simply want to look as though they do.

For the latter there's a front-wheel drive version, for the former there's all-wheel drive and a competent one at that.

Two versions of the Evoque were offered, one a three-door wagon that was aimed at singles and couples without kids, the other a five-door more suited to families that gave better access to the rear seats.

While the aggressively swept-back roofline suggests the cabin is likely to be cramped it isn't. There's room for four adults in the sort of comfort and leather-trimmed plushness that goes along with the Range Rover badge.

It might not cramp the cabin, but the no-compromises roofline does hinder rear vision and drivers have to be on their toes at all times.

Mechanically the Evoque is derived from the Land Rover Freelander II.

There are three engines to choose from, two turbo-diesels and a turbocharged petrol unit. Both diesels are of 2.2-litre capacity, one produces 110 kW and 380 Nm, the other 140 kW and 420 Nm. Both are punchy, and each delivers good fuel economy. The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit and delivers enough punch to move the Evoque along nicely, after a little initial turbo lag.

There's also a choice of six-speed manual and six-speed auto, and a choice of front wheel-drive or all-wheel drive.

The latter uses a Haldex differential in the rear, and the suspension is all independent with magnetic-ride suspension on the Dynamic.

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The Evoque has been the subject of three recalls. The first, in 2013, related to the 2012 model, specifically to the steering gear mounting bolts. Should both fail the steering could be affected and could pose problems for the driver in controlling the vehicle. A noise from the front of the vehicle when manoeuvring slowly is the giveaway that something is amiss.

Another recall in 2013 also related to the 2012 model. This one was about the rear brake calliper mountings, which it was reported could become detached from the vehicle with the potential to result in brake failure and tyre deflation. Listen for an abnormal noise from the rear of the vehicle.

Another recall in 2013, this one affecting 2012 and 2013 Evoques with diesel engines alerted owners to the possibility of a fire under the bonnet due to a diesel fuel leak from a joint in the injector spill rail on the engine.

Before purchasing an Evoque check the owner's manual, which should have a record of checks done by dealers with respect to the recalls.

While you're at it also check the service record to make sure your potential purchase hasn't been neglected.

SMITHY SAYS

Looks great and it drives well, hard to beat if you want to stand out.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2013 $20,400 $50,380
2012 $18,000 $38,830
2011 $17,500 $35,420

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Pricing guides

$26,460
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$17,500
Highest Price
$35,420

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
TD4 Pure 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $17,500 – 24,420 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2011 TD4 Pure Pricing and Specs
SD4 Pure 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $19,700 – 27,390 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2011 SD4 Pure Pricing and Specs
Si4 Pure 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $17,900 – 24,970 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2011 Si4 Pure Pricing and Specs
TD4 Dynamic 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $22,600 – 30,690 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 2011 TD4 Dynamic Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8
Graham Smith
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