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2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque NADAguides Test Drive Review
Today, the Range Rover name represents the polar opposite for what the brand originally set out to accomplish. Created in the 1970s as a utility vehicle meant for farm and ranch use, the Range Rover brand eventually become part of the budding luxury utility vehicle market. A stylish, technologically advanced product first sold in 2012 as an extension of the Range Rover brand, the compact Evoque crossover vehicle has been an instant hit. Available as a sporty three-door or more ergonomically-sound five-door model, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque proves inviting for urban dwelling luxury crossover enthusiasts. Among the body styles, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque five-door model is identified with major trim levels Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. The 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige model is the showcase of the premium crossover’s highest level of comfort.
Encapsulated by a shape that will either enchant or repel buyers, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige measures almost fiver inches shorter in length than the LR2 model. The clamshell hood, floating roof and aggressive wheel arches of the Evoque reveals one of the raciest looking exteriors seen on a crossover vehicle. A collection of many high strength, polymer and aluminum components, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige possesses a gross weight of 3,902 pounds. The grille design is slightly altered on all 2013 model year Range Rover Evoques accented with a black company logo. Eleven exterior color choices exist for the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige model. The Evoque can also be ordered with a contrasting roof color in Fuji White, Indus Silver or Santorini Black. 19-inch alloy wheels are included on the Prestige level of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque coated with an all-new sparkle finish. During nighttime, the standard automatic, adaptive high-intensity discharge headlamps are accented by LED signature lighting.
While the design is striking, it does come with a few pitfalls when it comes to driving the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige. Large rear roof pillars create some menacingly large blind spots. In addition to a narrowing of the rear tailgate glass, drivers of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige should pay special attention to the visual obstructions the crossover vehicle will present. The 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige does include a standard surround camera system and blind spot monitoring system, however extra caution must still be taken when in the driver seat. For extra care, a new Range Rover Park Assist technology could also alleviate some of the blind spot worries for cautious motorists.
Aside from the rear vision blind spots, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige is a sporty and safe driving experience. The attention to creating a lightweight vehicle definitely translates to road-going travel. A solid suspension and the Haldex all-wheel drive system on the 2013 Evoque Prestige combines for excellent, controlled handling even at highway speeds. Turns with the compact crossover vehicle can be performed within a 37.1-foot radius making the Evoque Prestige easy to point into the right direction. When slowing down, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestiges’s four-wheel disc braking system with anti-lock braking system goes to work. Over rougher terrain, traditional Range Rover off-road capability is included with the Evoque Prestige luxury crossover vehicle. Standard Terrain Response system on the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige features Dynamic Stability Control, Roll Stability Control, Electronic Traction Control and Hill Descent Control.
Visually alerted that the 2013 Range Rover Evoque’s styling definitely remarks to a speed-loving vehicle, the powerplant may leave the premium crossover’s performance lagging behind first impressions. Turbocharged and direct-injected, the two-liter, four-cylinder engine powering the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige is undoubtedly modern. Despite 240 horsepower, acceleration for the 2013 Evoque Prestige is slower than some might anticipate. When coming up to speed through a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige’s take-off is rough. Once the vehicle comes up to speed, the 240 horses provide very adequate power for maintaining highway speeds.
Being the top-level luxury version of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque, the Prestige line’s interior is lavishly appointed using high quality materials. Standard with the Prestige trim level of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque is Oxford leather that abundantly surrounds the cabin. Providing a soft and subtle feel, the Oxford leather incorporated into the seating of the Evoque Prestige equates to sensationally comfortable travel. Front power seats can adjust to a preferred height, reclining level or to provide desirable lumber support. Twin-needle stitching accents the high-grade leather of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige model. Genuine wood and metal trim is also part of the luxury-oriented interior.
Providing entertainment and convenience controls for the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige, an eight-inch high-definition touchscreen display is located in the center area of the dashboard. The media interface with the 2013 Evoque does have a delay that can frustrate occupants and other infotainment controls could take getting used to. A reward to audiophiles is the a 825-watt, Meridian 17-speaker surround sound system that richly fills the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige model’s cabin with loud, powerful sound quality. A 10-disc CD/DVD charger and a hard drive audio server can store a full library of music. A pair of USB ports, Apple iPod connection and Bluetooth connectivity is also part of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige‘s infotainment array.
Rated with a five-passenger capacity, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige’s cabin dimension might be a little smaller than some luxury utility vehicle buyers expect. For front seat occupants taller than six feet, legroom could be at a premium. However, headroom within the front row of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque is plentiful. Due to the sport raking of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque Prestige’s roof, rear passenger headroom does suffer. For adults, the backseat of the Evoque could be a tight squeeze for longer journeys. Equal to its platform-mate, the Land Rover LR2, the 2013 Range Rover Evoque features 19.4 cubic feet when the rear seats are up and as much as 47.6 cubic feet with bench is folded. Loadspace stowage rails, passive keyless entry and a power rear liftgate are standard features making the Evoque Prestige a convenient premium crossover.