2012 Range Rover Evoque Side View

The all-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque has been reviewed by just about everybody who has anything even remotely to do with cars. The convergence of a new model and it winning dozens of awards has made the Range Rover Evoque one of the ‘must review’ cars of the 2012 model year. What we’ve done today is round up 10 of these Evoque reviews. Seven are from non-automotive sites, such as newspapers, and the remaining three are from major automotive portals.

Most of these reviewers communicated similar opinions of the Range Rover Evoque. Most loved the exterior styling, praised the leather interior accommodations, and enjoyed the light-duty all-terrain capability. To counterbalance, the road testers also complained almost universally about visibility through the slot-like windows, a comparatively dated navigation system, and the power characteristics of the engine.

As informative as these reviews are, it’s important to remember the only review that really matters is the one you do yourself when you take a Range Rover Evoque and its competitors for a test drive.

Non-Automotive Sites

Bloomberg Businessweek

Read It: Review: 2012 Range Rover Evoque 

Pro: “The Evoque, an all-new model that hit the U.S. market in October, is a great-handling little SUV with a stylish interior, plenty of zip, and class-leading fuel economy.”

Con: “You pay other prices for the Evoque’s stylish appearance. The windshield and rear and side windows are narrow, limiting the driver’s ability to see out.”


Read It: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Test Drive and Review: The Future is Smaller

Pro: “With its low center of gravity and short wheel base, Evoque is the best handling Land Rover on-road, with little body roll or lean apparent in cornering.”

Con: “…the same proportions that produce a striking exterior shape also create visibility challenges from within the vehicle.”

Los Angeles Times

Read It: Range Rover Evoque is Cool and Sophisticated

Pro: “The interior lives up to the exterior’s standard. Everything you see and feel has the substantial look and build quality you’d expect from the Land Rover brand.”

Con: “The navigation system is ornery and slow and seems a generation behind those of competitors. Rear visibility is in the neighborhood of scant.”

The Wall Street Journal

Read It: Evoque: A Range Rover for a Smaller Era

Pro: “The front seats are like deep-bolstered racing seats and trimmed out with excellent leather.”

Con: “Also, the six-speed automatic transmission in my test car (no manuals available in the U.S.) was a little bit fussy, and there were occasions when the engine-transmission software was momentarily stymied as to which gear to jump to.”

 USA Today

Read It: Test Drive: Gorgeous Range Rover Evoque is a Champ

Pro: “But, then, the X3 looks like a mistake compared with the Evoque’s gorgeous lines.”

Con: “The windshield is layers of thermal glass to cut the need for energy-using climate control. But the glass blocks the signal between your E-ZPass/Smart Tag/whatever and the toll reader.”


Read It: 2012 Range Rover Evoque: Smartened Up, Sized Down

Pro: “The steering was snappy and the body and brakes felt cinched to the chassis. Even with the tach climbing high, the Evoque knocked off a clean 26 mpg for those 50 or so miles.”

Con: “And even though we’ve got 10 capital letters on the hood shouting ‘RANGE ROVER,’ the Evoque’s off-road chops are a little disappointing.”

The Telegraph (UK-Spec)

Read It: Range Rover Evoque Review

Pro: “Driven hard, the Evoque is fun, safe and more rewarding than anything in its class, or on the Land Rover price list.”

Con: “The back of the three-door is cramped, however, and the small windows make it feel claustrophobic.”

Automotive Sites


Read It: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, an Autoweek Flash Drive Car Review

Pro: “For its combination of off-road capability, on-road dynamics and manageability through the daily grind, the Evoque is better than any Range Rover before.”

Con: “The A-pillar position, combined with large side mirrors, takes out a big chunk of the driver’s sightline when looking ahead through a corner…”


Read It: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (Full Review)

Pro: ” It’s impressively agile, standing toe-to-toe with other sporting compact SUVs. In true Land Rover tradition, the ride is also superb.”

Con: “…the Evoque loses out in terms of cargo space and, in the case of the Coupe, rear-seat access.”


Read It: Driven: 2012 Range Rover Evoque

Pro: “For such a small SUV, the Evoque is still reasonably roomy. The rear seat is adequate for six-footers and even the middle spot is acceptable, although rear-seat passengers need to thread themselves through a fairly narrow door opening.”

Con: “The price you pay for that turbocharged power delivery is throttle response that’s not very linear. Achieving a smooth, progressive takeoff requires concentration…”

2012 Range Rover Evoque Side View

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January 22, 2012


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