Range Rover’s Evoque line-up features three engine options, predominantly diesel and four models, each with three distinct design themes, Pure, Prestige and Dynamic, as well as a 3dr coupe version for an additional $1500. For the first time in a Range Rover a two wheel drive, 2.2L 110kW turbo-diesel in manual only, designated eD4 is now available, where entry price and fuel economy is again the objective. GVG 5.0L/100km shades the Q3, but only in this configuration. Our all wheel drive TD4 Pure has the same engine and is available in 6spd manual from $53,395, or conventional 6spd auto for an additional $2480. Stepping up to the Dynamic, which majors in luxury items such as full leather, wood finishes and tailored carpets plus 19” wheels and Xenon headlamps, adds a hefty $13,500, with a further $2000 for the Prestige. The higher output 140kW SD4 is also available in manual and auto, starting at $57,395, with the only petrol model, the 2.0L, auto, AWD Si4, from $60,395.
Adding to the standard features list in these cars and working your way through a matrix of stand-alone options or equipment packages can be confusing and potentially expensive. For example, our test Evoque came with $10,280 worth of extras and the Q3 $12,150. It’s disappointing in this league to note a lack of standard features, found on even entry level cars, such as Audi’s proprietary USB or auxiliary input, which requires buying a connector cable.
Fortunately, neither is lacking any fundamental safety feature. Both provide stability control, ABS braking and front, side and curtain airbags. Evoque offers an extra driver knee airbag.