Looks good, feels good, but................
Added: 15th of November 2013
Numerous issues. For a vehicle which cost £48000 (many extras added) the manual gearbox leaves much to be desired. Many under £10k vehicles would out perform on this issue. Having test driven another manual Evoque, a very noticeable difference in 'feel' was obvious. Unfortunately the Technical rep for Land Rover did not consider there was an issue. It is "notchy" when changing 1st to 2nd gear. There is frequent clutch judder when changing from 1st to 2nd gear. It is not possible to pull away downhill in 2nd without the same judder. Sometimes there is a slight clunk when engaging 1st as though the clutch is not fully depressed. There is a 'heavy' rattle under some conditions when pulling away and changing through the gears (caused by the underlying engine vibration maybe). Similar comments/problems have appeared on the Evoque Forums. A front light flickers when driving over uneven roads, which we have plenty of in Cornwall!!! Land Rover examined the lights, could find no reason and so the fault persists. The change of radio broadcasting frequencies re DAB etc has thrown up an issue with all Evoques which have a television. To avoid a frequent loud burst of electrical 'crackle' from the speakers, we have all been advised to retune the TV to the USA frequency broadcasts. This stops the interference but renders the TV as unusable!! Problem unsolved after approxiamately 8 weeks +. The outer, bottom of the door seals, by design?, do not seal. Instead, a considerable amount of mess is drawn through the resulting gap and leaves the door threshold very dirty. As the vehicle sits reasonably high off the road, when entering or exiting the vehicle it is difficult to avoid contact with this mess on the backs of your legs, especially trousers. The "required" performance figures for fuel consumption were one of the reasons for purchasing this vehicle. Unfortunately the reality is that even driven very carefully, and I mean very carefully in almost entirely none urban traffic, I am achieving considerably less miles per gallon than expected. Down by at least 20% on 'Government' figures. The 2.2 diesel engine is noisy. Lift the bonnet and the unmistakable sound of a rattling diesel engine hits you immediately. Having driven a 3 litre BMW 330 diesel powered M Sport Convertible from new, I know that refinement of diesel engines is possible. Maybe this just needs the extra cylinders to enable it to purr as the BMW did! The vehicle is comfortable, handles well, looks good but should I have paid £48000 to Land Rover or bought an alternative, saved loads and had a holiday? The look, finish of the interior and comfort, just swing the decision. Would I purchase another? Only when the 2014 changes to gearbox, better engine hopefully, and fuel efficiency improvements have been shown to be genuinely successful. Regards Peterjh