You would have to be blind to disagree that the Range Rover Evoque is a beautiful car. Admittedly , it’s pretty, beautiful and looks like it should be a fashion accessory. Luckily, Land Rover also have a more plain Jane option, called the Pure.
Under the hood of the SD4 Pure is the same 2.2l engine from the XF, making 140kw and 420nm. All this is mated to a 9 speed automatic gearbox and, when fitted with the terrain response system, makes for a very capable soft roader. It’s no wonder that the Freelander and the Evoque are industry leaders when it comes to going off the beaten track. The average fuel economy is still impressive at a tad under 8l/100km, which some might think is on the higher side, but remember that the Evoque carries around 1.6 tons in weight.
The 2.2D engine is pretty quiet for an oil burner and there is almost no engine noise protruding into the cabin when you are driving. It’s exceptionally quiet and road noise is kept to a fair minimum. It’s hard to believe that the entry level could be this good. The on-road performance is exceptional with nearly no body roll in tight corners. This is probably one of the very few SUV’s that handles like a car.
The Evoque will seat 5 people without many issues. There is decent head and shoulder room, both front and back and the 400l of boot space with the seats up is nothing smirk at. If you drop them flat, it will increase to a large 1445l.
We liked the 18” wheels for the pure option of the larger off road tires that are available. It also means that you can actually use your Evoque off the road.
While the Evoque only has a 4 star ANCAP (missed 5 stars with 1 point) there is no shortage of passive safety systems. It gets, as standard, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, emergency brake light, emergency brake assist, corner brake control, dynamic stability assist, roll stability control, traction control, trailer stability assist, hill start assist, hill descent control and gradient release control, and engine drag control. There are also 6 airbags, heated mirrors and a diesel mis-fueling device. The Meridian sound system is up there with the best of them, banging your tunes all day long through its high quality speakers the Subwoofer provides all the low-end you could want.
The Evoque is a practical vehicle which is at home on tar or dirt and, in this Pure form, looks like it belongs in the dirt. Range Rover comes standard with a 5 year 100 000km motor plan and a 3 year 100 000km warranty. The Range Rover Evoque Pure will set you back R628,100.