When the Range Rover Evoque was launched, Torque News had a chance to test it almost immediately upon its release. We were impressed then and are impressed now. The Evoque is no longer offered as a coupe or convertible, but the four-door hardtop is our favorite configuration anyhow. We just had a few days with the current 2022 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S and found three reasons we still love this model.
Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S - Price Point
Our test vehicle had a price including a destination charge of $54,690. The base price for the model is $48K. Those looking for a luxury five-passenger crossover will be hard-pressed to find any in this price range, never mind one that beats the Evoque’s overall package of equipment.
Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S - Timeless Styling
The Range Rover line is equal parts style and capability. The Evoque epitomizes this pairing perfectly. The Evoque was the best-looking compact crossover one could buy when it launched. Today, it is not just the best looking, but its look still appears fresh to our eyes.
Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S - Powertrain
If you are shopping for a sporty compact SUV with a gas engine that is eager to please and a transmission with real gears, the Evoque has what you seek. Although on paper the Evoque’s 246 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque may not be the highest in the segment (Mazda’s CX_5 has more torque for example), it feels better than the pack by a long shot.
The Evoque feels snappy and sporty. Most compact crossovers require that you employ an annoying Sport mode to enjoy the drive. Not the Evoque. It is wide awake and ready to play the moment you turn the key.
Those seeking a conventional gas-powered compact SUV with style, a sporty nature, and a price point that is attainable should give the 2022 Range Rover Evoque R-Dynamic S a try.
Image courtesy of Range Rover.
John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990, when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American news outlets and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin
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