Don’t be sucked in by the Evoque’s attractive styling, flashy interior, and Land Rover brand cachet. This overpriced luxury SUV has a disappointing drivetrain, a rough and bumpy ride, and confounding controls. By the time our testing was complete, we came to the conclusion that the redesigned Evoque is the least talented luxury compact SUV, yet the most expensive.
The frustration starts as soon as you hit the gas pedal, with a delay when accelerating from a standstill followed by an abrupt burst of power when the turbo engine finally kicks in. The automatic engine stop/start system also is slow to re-engage, making things worse. These characteristics make it particularly tricky to pull out into fast-moving traffic from a stop. The transmission’s gear shifts aren’t particularly smooth, either, and downshifts don’t come quickly enough when the gas pedal is pressed harder.