The SUV bubble doesn’t seem to want to burst, and with the ever-increasing amount of choice, you can get a lifted AWD in pretty much every sector these days. But if you really need an SUV with some nous, you’re probably still aiming in the direction of Land Rover. With the new Evoque just released, we were wondering what else might tempt you from the same stable, rather than the more usual options like the Jaguar E-Pace/Merc GLC/BMW X1. Turns out you can get a lot of car for your money if you’re looking for a secondhand LR…
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New vs Used: Evoque vs Range Rover Vogue
You want to buy a Range Rover, but which one would you have?
New Range Rover Evoque – £31,600–£44,750
Good: Brand-new, relatively frugal, ultra-modern interior
Bad: You can’t get one for a bit, then they’ll be everywhere
Interesting one, this, seeing as the new Evoque has gone a little bit mini-Velar (especially on the inside) and thus feels much more modern. It’s also on a revised version of the ‘D8’ platform, and a bit bigger – and therefore roomier – than before. But the fact remains that this is one of Land Rover’s biggest-selling cars because it’s more reasonably priced. The fact that it now essentially looks like a clone of the much more expensive, upmarket older brother is just a bonus.
Prices have just been released, and while a boggo Evoque with standard kit will set you back a surprisingly reasonable £31,600, it’s probably fair to say that a decently engined and specced new Evoque will set you back somewhere in the region of between £34,750 (Evoque S) and £41,750 (Evoque SE), if you manage to stay off the HSE listing, which starts at £44,750. What you get is a stylish LR product with genuine capability – even if most are pavement princesses. There’s a new MHEV (mild hybrid) system, decent luggage space (1,388 litres if you treat it like a van) and plenty to like.
Pre-loved Range Rover Vogue – £30,000–£75,000
Good: Big, timeless, classy, good off-road. The Queen’s got one
Bad: You probably want a soothing warranty. Not cheap to run
Hmmm. Is an Evoque a bit proletarian for you? A bit common? Well, if you want to get behind the wheel of a UK-centric SUV, then how about a used matriarch of the genre, in the shape of an older, previously loved, but entirely full-fat Range Rover?
We found several on the Land Rover Approved Used programme that neatly sit in a similar price bracket to a new Evoque, including a nicely specced Aintree Green (with ebony/ivory leather) Vogue, on a ’14 plate, equipped with the 258bhp TDV6 and a decent list of options. Apparently all of them working. At £38,936 it sits slap-bang in the bullseye of New Evoque pricing, and with just under 70k miles, it also comes with a two-year warranty, two years of roadside assistance and a raft of other nice additions – like seven-day drive-away-on-the-day insurance and a half-day Land Rover Experience. It’s just that little bit more Chelsea than Cheshire, but you’d have to be aware Land Rover has made great strides in infotainment in the past four years and the Range Rover will feel decidedly old-school in the tech dept.