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2012 Range Rover Evoque Coupe Review

By on May 31, 2012
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Good: Futuristic looks, sporty interior, sufficient tech to play with, sporty engine, AWD and great terrain selection.
Bad: High center of gravity for an SUV this small, and 'Dynamic' mode is rather uncomfortable.
Price: AED 235,000
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Range Rover Evoque is the latest entry in the lineup of Land Rover, building on the modest success of the LR2, as the new Compact SUV for the company. The dynamic styling and high-end pricing, however, makes the Evoque more for the urban consumer who’s interested in brand name and looks, rather than an easy-to-use family vehicle.

The Range Rover Evoque is one of the very few vehicles in the world that managed to retain most of the shape from its original concept design, looking very much like the futuristic shape that was first unveiled in 2008.

From the front the Evoque looks like a natural evolution of the LR2, and even the Range Rover Sports, to some extent. The sweeping headlights, of course, give it a very edgy look, as does the rather large bumper.

From the side it looks like a smaller version of the Range Rover Sports (coupe), but with bigger wheel arches. In fact, the wheel arches look huge compared to the rest of the diminutive body, making the Evoque look like a disproportionate Hot Wheels toy car come to life. Of course, this design choice only adds to the excitement of the car, and doesn’t hamper it in any way. I must say, though, that I’m not particularly fond of the flower petal wheel design. There are other options, of course, so it’s not really an issue.

From the back the Evoque has a rather aggressive design, mostly due to the windows as they arch up into the tiny section in the back. The trunk door isn’t exactly big, but the bumper is pretty high up, looking longer due to the huge diffuser and elongated tailpipes.

The rear end is slightly raised as well, giving the front end and even more slanted look, making the whole car even more toy-like than it actually is. While I personally didn’t like this feeling, practically everyone who saw the Evoque said they loved the design.

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