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REVIEW: 2022 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Just enough bronze to stand out

Lee Bailie By: Lee Bailie February 24, 2022
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Hard as it may be to believe, but the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque has been with us now for more than a decade.

Jaguar Land Rover had existed as a merged entity under corporate parent Tata Motors for only three years when the subcompact Evoque SUV was launched in the fall of 2011 as a 2012 model, which makes it older than most of the company’s current lineup, including the Jaguar F-Type and Land Rover Discovery.

I remember driving the first gen Evoque in late 2011 and was struck by how different it looked and drove compared to other rather staid JLR nameplates that were in the lineup at the time. There literally was nothing else like it. Compact, yet sleek and stylish (for an SUV), with Land Rover off-road capability and an affordable price tag to boot.

I thought it looked like a winner, and that certainly has proven to be the case. The Evoque has been one of JLR’s bestselling products worldwide over the past decade, an honour it still carries.

I’ve driven and reviewed the second gen Evoque before, most recently in 2019, but was eager to review it again to see if my impressions of it have changed at all over the past three years.

2022 Range Rover Evoque

With that in mind, I’m not going to cover the Evoque’s history and first to second gen evolution as none of that has changed since I last wrote about it. Feel free to check out my 2019 review if you’re interested in knowing more about that stuff. What I will discuss here is the specific press unit I drove and my impressions of it.

For the purposes of this review, JLR Canada set me up with a 2022 Evoque Bronze Collection, which is a new grade for this model year. I’ll get to the cosmetic stuff shortly, but first the mechanicals.

My tester is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium four-cylinder engine that produces 246 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque, which is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. This configuration is what JLR calls P250 AWD.

2022 Range Rover Evoque

For comparison, the unit I drove in 2019 was a P300 AWD, which had the same engine and transmission, but produced more horsepower and torque: 296 and 295, respectively. So yes, it was more of a performance variant and, not surprisingly, it was significantly faster than the P250. Incidentally, the P300 is still available. For 2022, it’s the HST grade ($60,800 base MSRP).

At any rate, my Bronze Collection tester may not be built for speed, but it certainly carries a unique style. And a lot of bronze. For instance, this model comes with a standard Corinthian Bronze contrast roof, exterior bronze trim accents and Bronze Collection carpet floor mats.

Because this car is a press unit, it’s also kitted out with a lot of extras. I won’t list them all, but among the ones that stand out is the Technology Package ($1,000) which adds a 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument cluster and Head-up Display.

2022 Range Rover Evoque

2022 Range Rover Evoque

Other optional kit includes 21-inch gloss black wheels ($850) and Dynamic Handling Package ($1,650). The latter adds red brake calipers, adaptive dynamics, satin chrome gearshift paddles and configurable dynamics. The car’s Carpathian Grey exterior finish also carries an extra charge ($850).

When I booked the Evoque I didn’t know it was a Bronze Collection model. That realization didn’t come until I picked it up. I’m not normally the biggest fan of special editions (except for sports cars), as I think they often look a bit too gaudy and over-badged. When the entire car is covered in special this and special that, the point gets lost. Not here, though. JLR product planners have resisted the urge to go overboard, and while a bronze roof certainly stands out, other detailing aspects are more muted, which I think is the right call.

Carpathian Grey is a good contrast colour for bronze, and while the Evoque’s design is somewhat obscured by the darkness of the grey, there is a least some colour present to liven the car’s looks up a bit. What I said about the Evoque’s looks in 2019 still holds – it’s a handsome SUV. It looks a lot like other Land Rovers, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Same goes for the interior. The digital instrument cluster and twin centre console / dashboard touchscreens that govern map and climate functions and drive mode settings are simply gorgeous. I noticed some input lag, but it’s not egregious. Apple CarPlay worked magnificently during my test, and the climate / drive mode settings are easy to adjust. Presentation matters a lot for premium brands, a lesson JLR designers appear to have fully absorbed.

2022 Range Rover Evoque

As for general comfort, the leathers, plastics and metallic surfaces in my tester all look and feel good to the touch. I found the seats to be quite comfortable, and while outward visibility, especially at the rear, isn’t great, finding a good driving position isn’t difficult. Rear seat and cargo areas are adequately spacious, even if the pinched-off greenhouse at the rear makes them feel smaller than they really are.

2022 Range Rover Evoque

Speaking of driving, the Evoque Bronze Collection is quite a pleasing vehicle to scoot along in. As a P250, it’s not going to knock anyone’s socks off. Even in dynamic mode with the gear shifter pushed to the left for S, the 2.0-litre turbo doesn’t possess strong acceleration characteristics unless the throttle is really matted.

This really isn’t a problem, in my view, because fast getaways really aren’t the point for a P250 model. This Evoque is more about style, comfort, and technology, and it delivers in those regards. The Evoque may not be lightning off the line, or in passing maneuvers, but it offers enough thrust for everyday driving conditions, including in the snow, as I discovered during my week of driving.

Ride comfort was good generally, but some engine noise did penetrate the cabin under hard acceleration. The roads were partly snow-covered during my test, and that factor, combined with winter tires helped to soften the car’s ride somewhat. But it rides on a short wheelbase with 21-inch wheels, so the bumps were felt, especially on older roads that feature a lot of dips and cracks. The Evoque was no worse than other vehicles of similar size that I’ve tested on these surfaces, however.

2022 Range Rover Evoque

2022 Range Rover Evoque

Overall, my opinion of the Evoque hasn’t changed. I’ve long felt it strikes a good balance between style, comfort, technology, and price. Those wanting more performance can step up to the P300, and there are, of course, many competitors to consider. So, while the Evoque Bronze Collection doesn’t deliver sterling performance and, like all Evoques, is a bit small and can become expensive when options are added, its value proposition remains quite attractive.

The vehicle was provided to the writer by the automaker. Content and vehicle evaluations were not subject to approval.

2022 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Bronze Collection

BODY STYLE: subcompact premium SUV
DRIVE METHOD: Front-engine, all-wheel-drive, nine-speed automatic transmission
ENGINE: 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder (246 hp / 269 lb-ft)
FUEL ECONOMY: (Premium 91+) 11.8 / 8.7 / 10.4 L / 100 km city / highway / combined
CARGO VOLUME: 1,156 / 472 litres (40.8 / 16.6 cu ft.) (behind first / second row)
PRICE:
 $56,400 base / $68,280, as tested, including freight, excl. taxes
WEBSITE: www.landrover.ca

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