The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a smaller version of the standard Range Rover. With 10 years of Evoque models sporting various upgrade options, finding the best model year can be confusing.

The best years for the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque are from 2015 to 2018. Because Land Rover Range Rover Evoques require more than the average vehicle, it is best to purchase vehicles still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. The new models don’t differ much from the older models.

Critics and consumers have plenty to say about the Evoque since it is the first of its kind. Read on to find out their favorites, and least favorite, features of the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. This guide will point out the best years of the Range Rover Evoque while highlighting changes Land Rover has made with each new model.

About the Evoque

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque debuted in 2012 with the promise of being a luxury vehicle at a more affordable price. It would also be the smallest vehicle to wear the Land Rover badge. To this day, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is the smallest car made by the company. 

The goal of the Range Rover Evoque was to target drivers interested in a Land Rover without the $100,000 price tag. A brand new 2020 model goes for about $42,000. However, a used first-generation model costs less than half of that. This is the perfect option for those who want a luxurious vehicle without all the newest technology or interior.

Earlier Years

Research proves that the earlier models are the way to go. Premium European SUVs often require routine servicing. For this reason, it is smart to purchase a certified pre-owned vehicle with a warranty.

This warranty will cover up to 100,000 miles or seven years from the manufacture date. It was found that the best years for an Evoque are no older than 2015 and no newer than 2018. 

While models newer than 2018 are reliable, they are significantly more expensive. For reference, the 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque costs $44,700 while the 2015 model is selling for about $27,000. You could save quite a bit of money, by choosing the slightly older model.

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Pure

For a base model SUV, the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque does not skimp on personality. 2015 was the first year that the Evoque was made available in a two-door Coupe or four-door.

Another feature added was the automatic parking system making parallel parking a breeze. Both the exterior and interior styling is impressive and timelessly stylish. The roofline gives a dramatic look, and the interior materials are luxe looking and feeling. 

For the smaller size, owners of the Evoque will sacrifice some cargo space as well as leg and headroom for passengers (for the four-door). Consumers are also exchanging visibility for style with a skinny back windshield.

This vehicle has plenty of standard features, great handling, and above-average fuel economy for its class (24 mpg). Of course, this car has four-wheel drive and 240-550 horsepower. It features Land Rover’s off-roading capabilities, but it is more suited for on-road driving and the occasional off-road trip. 

Many critics feel that other luxury crossover SUVs are just as fashionable but more reliable and handle better. However, other SUV options don’t carry the coveted Land Rover name.

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Base SE

The 2016 Evoque is notably the best year for the rough terrain ratings. For a crossover SUV, the Evoque has unbeatable features, especially with responsive steering. What makes this year so special is the selectable Terrain Response modes that allow the driver to adapt the traction to current road conditions.

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(2016 Evoque Interior)

One complaint with this year’s Evoque is the wimpy powertrain. Drivers report the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque moving sluggishly from a dead stop when the foot hits the pedal and only starts to feel the punch and power at higher speeds.

Like the 2015 Evoque models, the interior and exterior design didn’t go through any major updates in 2016, maintaining that polished high-end look.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SE Dynamic Convertible

If the handling of the 2015 Land Rover Evoque concerns you, the 2017 model has improved handling. Keep in mind, this car still feels like a pretty firm rather than a floaty ride. This year, Land Rover released a convertible optional Evoque, making it the very first convertible luxury SUV on the market.

The convertible model has a one-of-a-kind look and driving experience. It adds a little bit of extra swag to the already posh Land Rover name. Consumers report that although one expects some noise when driving a convertible, the convertible top is well insulated, blocking out that windy sound you get while driving on the freeway. 

Downsides to the convertible model are getting in and out of the car can be tricky. Additionally, the trunk isn’t really a trunk but more of a cubbyhole. Even the convertible Evoque features Land Rover’s signature off-roading technology like hill descent control, the Terrain Response system, and the All-Terrain Progress Control.

Most critics and users admit that this car does better on-road. But to have a car that performs well in slippery or icy road conditions and looks good doing it isn’t a bad thing.

2018 Land Rover Range Rover HSE Dynamic

The handling continues to be improved upon as users remark that the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is actually fun to drive. Users love the low-speed cruise control feature, forward collision warning, and lane assist.

Other than the better handling, the only changes made from 2017 to the 2018 Evoque were minor technological updates and a more blacked-out look of the decals on the interior. 

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque may not be the most practical or reliable crossover, but it compensates for that in unmatched style and Land Rover-specific features. Not many drivers out there are cruising down the street in a convertible, two-door SUV with four-wheel drive, and luxurious interior features fit for a king or queen.

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