2016 Range Rover Evoque

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has a Ford Ecoboost 2.0L turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. This engine puts out about 240 horsepower, which is pretty good for a four-cylinder. In Sport mode, it has really good acceleration.  The turbo spools pretty early and shifts really smooth. It has a ZF transmission that is really slick.

Gauges

The gauges are pretty standard. The speedometer is on the left, and the tachometer is on the right, with an info screen wedged between the two. It’s a little cluttered, but not too bad. On the right side of the steering wheel are the controls for the cruise control along with the arrow buttons for navigating through the cluttered center info screen.

Steering Wheel

On the left side of the steering wheel are the phone controls. Next to those buttons is the heated steering wheel button. I really like heated steering wheels, since I live in the Midwest and our winters can be brutal. On the back of the steering wheel, there are paddle shifters, which are always fun.

It has a powered tailgate, of course. And, it has three seat position memory switches, which I really love. This allows three different drivers to set their own personal preferred seating positions. These positions can be recalled with a simple touch of one button.

Odd Start Button

In my opinion, the start button is in an odd place. It’s next to the center vents in the dashboard. The first time I wanted to start it, it took a minute to find the button. The infotainment system is pretty standard. It actually has some standard buttons that are “old school” and not on some electronic screen. It’s nice to be able to quickly get to the features you want.

This vehicle does come with a really thin CD player. Not many young people use CDs, but it’s great for those who still love those plastic disks.

Combination Heated Seat Button

One tricky item is the heated seat button. If you want to turn on the heated seat, you press the button. But if you want to control the temperature in the vehicle, you turn the heated seat button. So the button does two things that are slightly related, but different. Very odd if you ask me.

It does have a hill-decent control button. When you press this button, it controls and limits the speed of the vehicle as it goes down a hill, so the Evoque won’t start picking up too much speed as it goes downhill. When I tried it, it limited the speed to six miles per hour.

An Interesting Name

One of the interesting things about this SUV is the name. It’s made by Land Rover, and it’s called the Range Rover Evoque. So the official name is Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. Very few car names have the same words twice. Most people will just call this a Range Rover since that’s the wording you see most often on this crossover.

Final Thoughts

This is a nice, quiet, comfortable vehicle with one of the nicest, biggest moonroofs out there. It has many fun features, but the rotary dial gear shifter is a little difficult to get used to. All in all, a great ride!

 

Written by Gary Pradel