2024 JLR Range Rover Evoque: Refreshed and More Connected

Published on November 1, 2023 in First Drives by Gabriel Gélinas

Paris, France—Five years into its second generation, the Range Rover Evoque gets a mid-cycle refresh that includes revised styling and new tech content addressing one of its top shortcomings.

We recently headed to France to take the 2024 Range Rover Evoque for a spin, and before we share our driving impressions, we need to tell you that pricing ranges from $62,350-$67,300—a substantial increase from the outgoing model.

Unlike other Range Rovers, the Evoque boasts a compact, city-friendly size, which is part of the reason why it enjoyed success following its initial launch. Instead of reinventing the wheel, JLR designers gave the Evoque minor cosmetic changes for 2024, starting with a new horizontal mesh grille and redesigned headlights and taillights. Other design cues like the floating roof and flush-mounted door handles are still part of the package. New body colours are available including Tribeca Blue (with bronze accents) and Corinthian Bronze.

Photo: JLR

Moving inside, you’ll find several new features borrowed from the Evoque’s siblings. One is the stubby gear selector on the button- and dial-free centre console. Arguably the main highlight of the cabin is the new 11.4-inch curved touchscreen that appears to float above the dashboard.  

The display is powered by the company’s latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, which benefits from over-the-air updates and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity along with Amazon Alexa. On each side of the screen are controls for the HVAC system and stereo. The new layout makes room for a storage bin with a wireless smartphone charger.

No More Physical Controls

The elimination of physical controls in the Range Rover Evoque is something that drivers will have to get used to. Because every vehicle function now goes through the touchscreen, you have to take your eyes off the road in order to navigate from one menu to another and find what you want. Sure, everyone loves a clean-looking HMI, but that’s not really making the driver’s job any easier.

Photo: JLR

Even the drive mode selector is gone, forcing you to stick with the touchscreen’s off-road display in order to switch between the various modes. Again, we understand that designers went for a reductive approach, but it all comes at the expense of ergonomics.

For 2024, customers can select new Kvadrat for the interior, which is a wool-like textile serving as a leather alternative. With natural light filling the cabin through the panoramic roof, the Range Rover Evoque offers a cozy environment that front-seat occupants will appreciate. Those sitting in the rear still need to deal with limited space.

One Engine Only

The North American lineup has been simplified resulting in all 2024 Range Rover Evoque models now using a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine rated at 246 horsepower. The P250 mill isn’t the best when quick passing manoeuvres are required. For those situations, we miss the old P300 variant that delivered an extra 50 horsepower.

The nine-speed automatic transmission does a fine job overall, keeping engine revs at a reasonable level and thus maximizing fuel economy. In reality, our tester in France achieved a disappointing 10.5 L/100 km in a mix of city and highway driving. For sure, it proved really smooth and quiet most of the time, but not so much at higher revs. As for handling, let’s just say the Range Rover Evoque puts ride quality above agility.

Photo: JLR

Forget About a Plug-in Hybrid

In select markets, JLR offers a plug-in hybrid variant called P300e that combines a three-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor for a total of 309 horsepower. The 14.9kWh high-voltage battery that feeds the latter enables about 50 km of zero-emission range and can be plugged into a level 2 AC charger or level 3 DC charger. Unfortunately, the company has no immediate plans to bring it to Canada. Maybe that will change in the future due to more stringent environmental standards, so stay tuned.

Ultimately, the 2024 Range Rover Evoque emphasizes styling and connectivity as an evolution of the British luxury crossover. It won’t become a serious threat to the top guns in the segment until JLR adds a PHEV or full EV variant—and fixes its reliability issues, too.

Test drive report
Test model 2024 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Trim level SE P250
Price range $62,350 – $67,300
Price as tested 65 600 $
Warranty (basic) 4 years/80,000 km
Warranty (powertrain) 4 years/80,000 km
Fuel economy (city/highway/observed) 11,9 / 8,8 / 10,5 L/100km
Options N/A
Competitive models Acura RDX, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q3, Audi Q5, BMW X3, BMW X4, Buick Envision, Cadillac XT5, Genesis GV70, Infiniti QX50, Infiniti QX55, Jaguar F-PACE, Lexus NX, Lincoln Corsair, Maserati Grecale, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Porsche Macan, Volvo XC60
Strong points
  • Classy looks
  • New 11.4-inch touchscreen
  • Off-road drive modes
  • Brand prestige
Weak points
  • Single engine option with limited power
  • Lack of rear-seat space
  • Significant price increases for 2024
  • Reliability is always a concern
Editor's rating
Fuel economy 3.0/5 Our tester achieved 10.5 L/100 km in a mix of city and highway driving. We expected better from the nine-speed autobox.
Comfort 4.0/5 The ride is smooth and really quiet.
Performance 3.0/5 Only one engine is available now, and the 246 horsepower are a bit short for certain manoeuvres.
Infotainment 3.5/5 The Pivi Pro system works great and comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, not to mention Amazon Alexa.
Driving 3.5/5 Handling is okay. Definitely not among the best in the segment.
Overall 3.5/5 The Range Rover Evoque is nicely refreshed, but the substantial price increases will hurt it.
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