Range Rover Evoque PHEV reliability & safety
Land Rover's reliability record isn't the best, but the Evoque P300e hybrid does get all the latest active safety tech – on higher trims, at least
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||94%||87%||73%|
As you'll see below, the latest incarnation of the Range Rover Evoque boasts both excellent safety scores from independent crash-testing and a suite of the latest active driver-assistance systems to help avoid a crash happening in the first place. Reliability is less clear-cut, unfortunately; while the hybrid model uses all-new technology, quite a large proportion of Land Rover owners report faults in customer surveys.
Range Rover Evoque PHEV reliability & problems
No individual Land Rover or Range Rover models were ranked in the 2020 edition of the Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, as not enough owners responded for a statistically significant picture to emerge.
However, Land Rover overall was rated 25th of 30 brands ranked, with a satisfaction score of 88%. The proportion of owners reporting a fault was pretty high, though, at 33.8%, which is well above many other manufacturers, some of which have single-digit fault rates.
It's too soon to say specifically how reliable the new 1.5-litre P300e petrol-electric drivetrain in the Evoque hybrid will be, as this is the first car it has appeared in. It'll be powering several Land Rover and Jaguar plug-in models before long, though, so a picture should emerge in due course.
While there are question marks over Land Rover reliability, safety shouldn't be an issue with the Evoque, as the model overall scored 94% and 87% respectively in the adult and child occupant protection portions of the Euro NCAP crash-testing regime, on its way to a five-star overall rating.
Its safety assistance systems scored 73%; these include the standard 3D surround camera, cruise control with speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors and traffic-sign recognition, while higher-spec models get features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, adaptive cruise control.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Evoque P300e isn't the best value or most spacious premium plug-in hybrid SUV, but it's still an appealing choice that'll be cheap to run – especially for company-car drivers
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Evoque P300e hybrid returns decent electric range and CO2 emissions, as well as impressive potential fuel economy
- 3Running costsFuel and company-car tax bills will be low for the Evoque P300e, but insurance and servicing will be similar to other Land Rover models
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Evoque P300e hybrid is no featherweight, but the electrified drivetrain hasn't spoiled its solid and comfortable driving experience
- 5Interior & comfortThe same comfort, luxury and technology found elsewhere in the Range Rover line-up are present in the P300e plug-in hybrid
- 6Practicality & boot space Outright practicality has never been an Evoque trump card, but the P300e is no better or worse than other models in the range in this regard
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingLand Rover's reliability record isn't the best, but the Evoque P300e hybrid does get all the latest active safety tech – on higher trims, at least