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Hope the community here can help. I'm considering buying a used Evoque and, like many, am cautious about reliability. So here's what will hopefully be a short intro and a description of my ideas and intended use. Any views and experiences are very welcome.

About me. I am from a motor trade sales background, though I left it behind many years ago (2001). Therefore I have an understanding of how main dealers work - I worked in specialist cars for a few years - and I am aware that independent specialists and Google can cost effectively solve many issues.

1. It's going to be an earlier 2.2 SD4 3 door coupe with auto transmission. That's because I like the 2 door shape, I am tall and when the seat is fully back, the B pillar doesn't obstruct the view over my shoulder.
2. I drive around 20,000 per year, quite a lot of motorway, mostly there's only me on board but sometimes take passengers, plus I need to carry kit around with me. Not a huge amount. My mileage means that whatever I buy, three years in it's lost money and the mileage will be high, so I look to buy the lower end. No point buying a 15,000 mile car, may as well but an 80,000 mile and run the mileage up, while maintaining it well.

So, my concerns / questions.

1. Are they generally reliable - eg no major engine explosions / total breakdowns? I know that forums can be tainted places to ask...
2. I plan to remap it, both engine and gearbox. Simply to optimise the driveability of it. I do drive fairly briskly, am from a bit of a track instructional background in the past, so tend to crack on a bit. I'd like to think that a good, mapped Evoque would be like a Golf GTD with a higher viewpoint. Does anyone have experience of a quality company that can do remap work? I am not looking for a headline 'vanity' BHP figure, I would like a car with strong mid-range for overtaking safely and rapid cross country progress with nice sharp gearshifts on the paddles.
3. My belief on cars is that those that are driven often and over longer distances are more reliable than those that stand around a lot. My friend has 3 x Discovery 3's. He's a farmer. They all work hard, have more than 100,0000 miles on each and are all utterly reliable. Does anyone have experience of running the Evoque 2.2 up to higher mileage figures?

Hope this wasn't too long! Any thoughts welcome.

Neill W
 

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I've had the 2.2 and 2 litre diesel versions but neither did much mileage so can't help. Hopefully someone with a high mileage 2.2 will be along soon.
 

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I've had the 2.2 and 2 litre diesel versions but neither did much mileage so can't help. Hopefully someone with a high mileage 2.2 will be along soon.
Maffy! Another chance to give out good info.
 

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Hi Neill

I’ve got a 63 plate MY14 SD4, owned from new since Nov 2013. It’s now up to 78,000 miles and never left me stranded or had any major mechanical mishaps.

That said I’ve had a number of issues over the years, which admittedly have been dealt with well by my supplying dealer (Parks Inverness):
  • Front leather seat covers bulging, (replaced under warranty, 2014)
  • Air conditioning compressor packed up (replaced under warranty, 2014)
  • Haldex pump replacement due to juddering when changing in low gears - manual box. (Replaced under warranty 2016 and whilst not perfect has been largely ok since).
  • Alloy wheels replaced due to premature corrosion (replaced under warranty 2016), new ones have been fine though.
  • EGR valve replacement due to intermittent hesitation caused when pulling away (replaced under extended warranty 2016, fine since.)
  • DPF sensor, car had gone into limp home mode (replaced under extended warranty, 2017)
  • Font suspension spring snapped at top (replacement cost £280 at local indy, last month)
As you can see from the above, other than the suspension spring needing replaced the car has been remarkably reliable for the last couple of years, and to be fair I think that can happen on lots of cars by this sort of age so not really a black mark in my book. By picking up a higher mileage example you might find that a lot of the common issues (as above) have been taken care of, and the SD4 engine, unlike the Ingenium, is pretty bulletproof.

My only other complaint would be that there is an intermittent dashboard rattle I’ve had since day 1, however it only ever happens after 50 miles or so once the car has warmed up so the dealer never could resolve it. I’ve just learnt to love it.

Would I buy one again? Absolutely it’s a really nice car, very comfortable and a great cruiser. I’ve since got a 3L X3 which leaves the Evoque for dust, but the wife loves the Evoque so much she won’t let me sell it, so we run both cars now.

It needs the timing belt doing at the 7-year service though which is going to cost 1k, so might move it on before that is due later next year.
 

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From what I hear, I feel his pain....

I keep stopping people in supermarket car parks and I haven't found anyone to curse the earlier 2.2 badly yet.

NW
I think Maffy's gripe is more to do with dealer service recently.
 

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I think Maffy's gripe is more to do with dealer service recently.
Sad to hear it. I left all that behind long ago. I was really lucky, the service guys who backed us up way back when I was in sales were stellar. It seems a rare thing these days.
 

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Sad to hear it. I left all that behind long ago. I was really lucky, the service guys who backed us up way back when I was in sales were stellar. It seems a rare thing these days.
My local dealer has been great. It seems they are really helpful or bloody awful.
 

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Hi my 2.2 might be up for sale😜, l have to get a drip from top of wind screen sorted first , can’t help you as mines only done 25k never had any problems just a frozen door latch and now a tiny drip from window screen , came with service pack and JLR Have done it every time it has one free service left next year...
 

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I was like you, a bit dubious after hearing about LR reliability issues but about 6 weeks ago I bought a 13 plate Evoque. So far no problems, I’m beginning to think they are no worse than any other car (fingers crossed) but it’s certainly the nicest car I’ve ever had.
 

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Thanks for the feedback. As Trevorguy says, I am inclined to think that they are no better / worse than any other model of car.

On a side note, fuel economy. I saw a superb looking 2.0 Si today, very very tempting as I love the idea of paddle shift and turbo motor. Is the fuel economy suicidally 'Range Rover Supercharger like' or can it be half decent, EG 35mpg on a motorway?

Also, any thoughts on diesel MPG. Is 45 mpg viable or optimistic?
 

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Hi Neil,

My Dynamic Lux is a MY15 2.2 Sd4. Purchased on 27th April 2019 with 45208 miles on clock, the dealer had already spent £1223.31 preparing for sale on trims, disc & pads, Park assist sensor & rear camera ect.

Since I have owned my local main dealer has done a LOT of work on it. It has had a new rear tyre, new Rear Diff, new Auxiliary Battery, new Turbo, New fuel tank shields, NSR wheel bearing, new Haldex pump + filters & fluids.

Gearbox check because of jolts & clunks & gearbox mount alignment adjusted (it still clunks & jolts when going from R to D, software updated in ABS,GWM, HVAC & TCM.

No resolution on Turbo Lag/ delay in acceleration when pulling away (intermittent). This is dangerous at times when it catches you out at roundabouts or junctions when you need to get moving a bit smart.

I am glad I bought from an APPROVED DEALER & have a 2 year Warranty as there are still issues that need sorting out.

To date this vehicle has only covered 2211 miles in the 7 months that I have owned it with a fair few of these being driven by the dealer on road tests.

Surprisingly enough, I was NOT ASKED AT ALL by the Dealer I purchased from how many miles I might cover annually or my typical type of journey I would be doing (As decreed by JLR.)

On the Plus side it would appear that the 2.2Sd4 lump does not seem to suffer with the DPF problem as much as others, also I don’t need Adblue. Small consolation but as they say “Every little bit helps”

On the down side it is only Euro 5 rated. (Which does not concern me as I don’t drive into town & any future congestion charges they can stick where the sun don’t shineJ)

Also when I purchased I had front & rear DRLs working but now since many software updates I only have front still working, however for some bizarre reason JLR have flatly refused to allow/release the code needed to reinstate this safety feature, saying that it is not required by law in the UK.

Having said this I still like this motor, I just wish it was more reliable, because when it is right, it is a nice motor to drive. I only JLR weren't such a bunch of D***s.

I hope this helps.
 

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Having said this I still like this motor, I just wish it was more reliable, because when it is right, it is a nice motor to drive. I only JLR weren't such a bunch of D***s.

I hope this helps.
Thanks, yes it's a help.
Seems like if you get a good one, they're great. but a bad one is a PITA.
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Hi Neil, I’ve got the diesel 240, it’s been good. I usually get high 30s but my wife gets high 40s, happy with that, 0-60 in 6.8.
 

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Because generally speaking women are better drivers .... insurance data backs this up😜🤪😂😱😱😱
 
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