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Hey All,

My name is Adam and hope you are all well!

I have been considering purchasing an Evoque for some time now and was wondering if I could have some advice regarding the Evoque and perhaps some recommendations or tips.

Ive been doing some research and read many articles, some of which have made me reconsider. Primarily down to JLR's reliability reputation. However, there isn't a better place than here to ask experienced Evoque owners their true opinion. Hopefully unbiased :)

Apologies, if duplicated as I cannot be the first to ask, but would be very appreciative of up-to-date feedback/advice, if possible?

Firstly, are Evoques as unreliable as I read? Or is it just the case that people only go online to complain?

My budget is approximately 拢18,000, I was hoping to get a 2016/2017 model with under 50k miles. There seems to be quite a few about within my budget from non JLR garages.

1) Please can anyone advise, best engine option? Mainly most reliable?

2) I've heard of auto gearbox issues. Although I'd prefer an auto, is a manual the safest option?

3) A salesman recently told me that if you own a Landrover, you need to expect it to be in the garage at least once a month. Are they really that bad? I'm quite handy with DiY car maintenance. Changed brakes, servicing, exhaust etc and even timing belt previously.

4) what are the most common issues to look out for and are warranties recommended? I've read of gearbox, egr valve, dpf & steering rack issues. I don't mind small things that go wrong, as the car won't be brand new, but I don't want to spend 20k on a car then fork out 1000s for repairs 馃檭 ......

Any help and or advice is greatly appreciated. I do apologise if you are asked time and time again, but I love the look of these cars, but feel I may be thinking with my heart and not my head. Hopefully there will be lots of positive feedback.

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Adam
 

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Hi, I would advise have a golf d read around posts on this forum.
The big change was in 2015 when the 2016MY came out. Updated looks and the new ingenium Diesel engine which had a few problems early on.
For me I would either go 2.2 diesel pre facelift or petrol for reliability. If you have a good warranty maybe not such an issue.
And as for car salesmen, they wear white socks and fake watches 馃榿
 

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Hi, I would advise have a golf d read around posts on this forum.
The big change was in 2015 when the 2016MY came out. Updated looks and the new ingenium Diesel engine which had a few problems early on.
For me I would either go 2.2 diesel pre facelift or petrol for reliability. If you have a good warranty maybe not such an issue.
And as for car salesmen, they wear white socks and fake watches 馃榿
Thanks Binty, appreciate the help.

Any feedback regarding Auto or Manuals?

Have you been an owner for long and what issues have you experienced? Thanks
 

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Hi and welcome ... I had a auto 2016 when it first came out and it was in the garage for the first year it seemed like but 2 years of plain sailing after that .. I've never had a manual so can't comment or one before the face lift ..
I will say though that if you are doing short journeys just town work etc you should take into consideration DPF and maybe go for a petrol instead of petrol .
 
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Hi and welcome ... I had a auto 2016 when it first came out and it was in the garage for the first year it seemed like but 2 years of plain sailing after that .. I've never had a manual so can't comment or one before the face lift ..
I will say though that if you are doing short journeys just town work etc you should take into consideration DPF and maybe go for a petrol instead of petrol .
Thank you. I have a round trip of 70 miles to and from work. But only commute 2 days in 8. The rest will be about town.

Will the 70 miles be enough to clear the dpf?
 

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Welcome Adam.
If you read all the faults on different brands you would never buy an suv.You can scare yourself to death just looking at faults. Some have none but you won't hear that often for obvious reasons.
I bought mine on how many owners. History. Check all mot advisories. I bought a 2014 dynamic with two owners and had no advisories at all. The car a dream to drive and beautiful to look at. Manual is so perfectly set up. I would buy another without hesitation. If a fault arises you do what you do with your last car. Research the best way to fix it.
You've made the right steps already buy joining the site. Plenty of friendly people to help if something should happen just like other sites.馃榿
 

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Welcome Adam.
If you read all the faults on different brands you would never buy an suv.You can scare yourself to death just looking at faults. Some have none but you won't hear that often for obvious reasons.
I bought mine on how many owners. History. Check all mot advisories. I bought a 2014 dynamic with two owners and had no advisories at all. The car a dream to drive and beautiful to look at. Manual is so perfectly set up. I would buy another without hesitation. If a fault arises you do what you do with your last car. Research the best way to fix it.
You've made the right steps already buy joining the site. Plenty of friendly people to help if something should happen just like other sites.馃榿
Thank you, pretty decent advice. I'll also see if I can negotiate some warranty too.

The car is sooo common/popular and you see them everywhere so cannot be too unreliable??

I also have another question. Do the evoques have the air suspension that notoriously went wrong on other landrovers?....

Ive also seen quite a few low mileage ones. 2016 with 20k odd miles. Do you think Im being pessimistic thinking these would have been off the road being fixed all the time? Or get one with as little mileage as poss?
 

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Welcome to the Owners Club forum 馃枛馃徎

You kind of answered your own question regarding reliability & what you鈥檝e read. People tend to come to these forums if they have a problem. If they don鈥檛, like the majority of Evoque owners out there, they don鈥檛 join.
All marques have issues, the Range Rover is probably no worse, but no better than most.
This is my first venture into JLR territory, & so far I鈥檝e had the odd issue, but I am very happy with my car & if I can afford the EV version when it emerges, it will be my next car.

Evoques don鈥檛 have Air Suspension:

As with any used car, low mileage is probably the best option. Yes it could (unlikely) indicate that the car has been little used due to faults, but asking the right questions could solve that.

Do your research on a car that you are considering, ask everything you can think of & yes, get some sort of warranty, not because it鈥檚 a Range Rover, but because it鈥檚 a used car.
 
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Thanks for all the advice and warm welcome :)

And apologies if I come across really negative about JLR, never owned one and don't know anyone that has so essentially just stereo typed through online forums and media etc. All seem pretty positive moving forward.
 

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You haven't come across as negative - i'd say more of a model newbie, you've obviously done some initial research and read the forum stories and yes forums become littered with horror stories because people only tend to join and rant when they get a problem, if the car runs fine then it doesn't even cross their mind to join up and praise the car or JLR because as far as they're concerned the car is doing exactly what they expect it should do but sometimes they play up

I think with your 70 mile commute you'd get away with a diesel, diesels are better suited to SUV's for MPG, petrols are great but not good on fuel.

Manual vs Auto, we had a manual before, I found the gear change quite notchy, others here are ok with them, manuals could potentially be less problematic than an auto, the auto though transforms the car IMO, smoother drive once you get going but on pulling off there can be a delay in pressing the accelerator and the gearbox waking up - thats a common thread on here but I don't think I'd have a manual again in the evoque

I always recommend buying from a main dealer to get the peace of mind 1 year approved used warranty, 3rd party warranties from non franchised dealers can be a bit hit miss but where ever you buy from GET A WARRANTY, not because you'll need one but just for peace of mind, if you can find an evoque from the Bristol st Motors or 'Vertu' group they have their own warranty called Motor assured, I can tell you from experience they really came good for us on our MY16 a few years ago, no quibble and approved a 拢2700 timing chain within 20mins
 

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Hi,
I鈥檝e had my MY16 Evoque for 6+ years with no real issues - just the drivers door lock.
Its a dream to drive and own.馃憤
Auto box is great.馃憤
Wouldn鈥榯 be without the pano roof - makes it less claustrophobic inside馃憤
I鈥檝e averaged 42+ mpg over the last 2k miles.
as others have said, make sure you get a proper warranty with it.
 

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Welcome Adam

I think there is a natural reluctance to tempt providence by boasting how reliable one's Evoque has been, hence the distorted picture you can get from online forums. The Evoque and Range Rovers generally also seem to attract 'sour grapes' comments from people who are not fortunate enough to own one. But it's a great car - we have had ours over 5 years and I still look forward to every drive.

I wouldn't worry too much about dpf problems on the 2.0 diesel if you do a regular 70-mile journey. The Ingenium diesel engine benefits from an oil and filter change between the two-yearly service schedule, and should give you 40-50 mpg on a run.

I like the manual gearbox, but most of the ones you see will be automatics. When I sampled one I personally didn't care for the constant switching of gears up and down while driving through traffic, and hate the delay you can get when pulling out of junctions, but many people love them. I suggest you try both before deciding.

In the age range that you are looking at there is much concern about the steering rack motor bolts shearing unexpectedly but LR have undertaken to replace these free whenever they fail. However you would still have a lot of inconvenience and delay, and possibly a hairy moment if they fail on a busy road. Somewhere on this site you will find the range of VIN numbers where this is an issue.

So don't scare yourself to death, just carry out the due diligence checks you would on any used car and get a 12-month warranty for peace of mind. If you can, put aside 拢1,000-拢2,000 from the budget for items not covered by a warranty, for example brake discs and pads. From the sound of it you could tackle some maintenance yourself, which is a bonus as labour rates at main dealers are expensive, as would be the case with any prestige car.
 

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Thanks Binty, appreciate the help.

Any feedback regarding Auto or Manuals?

Have you been an owner for long and what issues have you experienced? Thanks
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I have owned for two years, mine is the older model and I had the EGR valve fail just after buying. I suspect a pre existing fault. Other than that only had to replace wear and tear items like battery, brakes and service.
If going diesel I think there are two power options and two of four wheel drive. Check it has the one you want.
Regarding suspension old style dynamic models had Magneride adjustable dampers and an additional dynamic terrain setting as standard . (5 options on the selector by the gear shift, instead of 4). I think this became a cost option on facelift models. I like it, many are not bothered, it鈥檚 personal choice.
hope you find the one you want.
 

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Hi Adam
As been said alot of owners and potential owners come on forums to complain or seek advice for issues and again not many come on to praise the Evoque.

Iv had My17 Evoque since February 2019 and apart from the services new tyres and pads iv not had an issue that's not been resolved, leaking windscreen sorted through Autoglass new screen fitted, steering rack bolts ( now not all Evoque's have had this issue) but I got mine changed through JLR f.o.c.

That's it no issues at all I did the auto gearbox reset although i wasn't having problems with it once done I did notice the gear changes were lower revs and smoother.

Also as others say and I can agree being on many other forums with the different cars iv had even my last which was my own spec factory built 2016 Golf Gti you read some horror stories about any car again lack of praise and you would probably never buy any.

In my opinion like many others on here and for those that aren't 2 of my mates included the Evoque is a great all rounder just keep in mind mileage and importantly service history.

A 3rd party warranty can always be taken out I used Motoreasy covers everything apart from consumables and was a good price although never had to use them bit again there are others out there.

Good luck in your search for your future Evoque 馃憤馃憤
 
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Thank you. I have a round trip of 70 miles to and from work. But only commute 2 days in 8. The rest will be about town.

Will the 70 miles be enough to clear the dpf?
yes I would say that is plenty to clear the DPF..
I will say that I'm on my third evoque and they've all been auto's wouldn't go back to manual now kinda got lazy love an auto .. they've all been diesels as well ..
there are a lot out so choose wisely, have a list of what you want ... what spec you want and then look fall in love and buy and then you're hooked ;)
 

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I will say that I'm on my third evoque and they've all been auto's wouldn't go back to manual now kinda got lazy love an auto .. they've all been diesels as well...
Remember you now have a petrol when you are at the pumps! ;)
 

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Hey All,

So I have spoken to a Land rover specialist for additional advice. The guy I spoke to was very helpful, even took time time call me back. Brilliant customer service, although not a customer, yet.

He did suggest that the Ingenium engine could be problematic and recommended the 2.2 TD4 dw12 engine. He stated that they were installed until 2012, but I thought the ingenium engines were installed from about 2016?

Also After looking at auto trader, there are even 2016 and 2017 evoques with TD4 engines. I'm so confused?? Are these Td4s not the dw12 then?

Maybe I'm just being far too particular, but I'd be spending around 18k on a car which is a lot for me, before this the most expensive car I owned was 9k so a big jump. Just want to get it right. 馃槀
 

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The 2.2 was from 2011 unti mid 2015. The 2.0 litre ingenium was fitted in the MY16 facelift cars from Sept/Oct 2015. Different front and rear lights are the simplest way to distinguish between them. I think TD4 applies to both engines.
 
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