New Delhi | Siddhartha Sharma: Range Rover Evoque has been a popular baby Range Rover with many since its inception. Recently Jaguar Land Rover India introduced the Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition priced at Rs 53.90 lakh ex-showroom. This baby Range Rover has a lot to offer in terms of style, sophistication and driving dynamics. We have been driving the Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition for a while now and here’s our review.
We have been driving the Moraine Blue colour of the Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition. This is an eye-catching colour and grabs instant attention. Land Rover says that the colour is inspired by the turquoise blue lakes of the Canadian Rockies.

Well, that aside the main difference has been in terms of the body style kit and the contrasting roof that one gets with 18-inch gloss black wheels that one gets with the Evoque Landmark Edition. There are also small fender vents on the hood of the vehicle that gives it a rather aggressive stance. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Evoque was already a stunning looking SUV. Compact, luxurious and practical in the traffic laden roads of India. But what the Evoque Landmark Edition does is add a bit of panache to an already exciting looking product. Apart from these small differences, there are absolutely no changes in terms of the design of the Evoque.

The 5-seater SUV offers a plush cabin along with very comfortable and supportive seats. You also get a good commanding driving position with this SUV. On the inside of the Evoque Landmark Edition you get an easy access to everything that you would want to use whether you are a passenger or the driver of this SUV. The cabin is not so spacious as one may think but it was never meant to be a spacious SUV. What might give you a false sense of space is the panoramic sunroof that the Evoque Landmark Edition gets. The Landmark Edition is for those who believe in arriving in style.

The Evoque Landmark Edition is a variant that’s just above the LE variant in the Evoque line-up in India. You get things like keyless entry, and a huge 10-inch touch screen display. There is also some connected capabilities in the Evoque Landmark Edition, with the help of JLR’s InControl app that offers some additional navigation and connectivity capabilities to it. Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, cruise control and vehicle information and telematics are standard on the Evoque Landmark Edition. What it misses out on is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which was a bit disappointing.

In terms of safety, the Evoque Landmark Edition offers everything that you can imagine. The Evoque Landmark Edition comes with Airbags, ABS, ISOFIX child seat mounts, roll stability control, hill decent control, all-terrain progress control the works.

So, what does the Evoque Landmark Edition offer under the hood? You’ll get the same 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel motor that you get on an Evoque. It offers a maximum power output of 177bhp and develops a peak torque of 430Nm. To our astonishment, the diesel motor is very quiet as compared to the competition that the Evoque Landmark Edition faces in India. The acceleration response is also impressive and it offers you triple digit speeds with less than 2,200 rpm on the motor if you drive it progressively. The 9-speed transmission is also smooth and hassle free.

There is also a normal drive mode and a sports mode on the Evoque Landmark Edition. The drive mode is quite linear and progressive, however, the sports mode is all about higher rpm’s and power that’s unleashed with the slightest touch of the throttle. Needless to say, the sports mode is quite peppy to drive in and much more exciting on the Evoque Landmark Edition. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Evoque retuned us 6.2l/100km which basically translates to 16.12km/l which was quite impressive in mixed driving condition of city and highway.

The straight-line speeds that the Evoque Landmark Edition can be misguiding at times, since the feel is of a lower speed until to take a look at the speedometer that tells you the real speed that the vehicle is travelling at. The body roll is also minimal because of its compact size and big tyres that offer you plenty of grip. This SUV is not meant for cornering at high speeds but is quite enjoyable if you like to cruise around. Like all the Range Rovers the, Evoque comes equipped with equipment that makes it a potent off-roader as well and that 210mm of ground clearance will keep you out of the roughs everytime. Also, at high speeds, if you go over a bump, you hardly feel it inside the cabin.

As we told you at the start of this review that the Evoque Landmark Edition is one of the best looking SUV’s in its price segment, what holds also true here is that it does not compromise on driving dynamics as well as luxury inside.

However, if one considers the completion you also have options of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. Apart from the GLC, the Q5 and X3 are fairly new models than the 6-year old Evoque. A new generation is expected in sometime, and in terms of looks, it still is the most stylish SUV.

So, we would like to recommend the Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition only to those who believe in making a style statement with a practical SUV that’s still relevant in 2019, despite the competition.

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Posted By: Aalok Sensharma