The crossover coupe category is a bit of an odd space. It's not entirely clear what these half-SUV-ish, half-sporty vehicles are supposed to do. Fortunately, with the 2013 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, we just don't care.
We don't care because it's a fantastic thing simply to sit inside; it's gorgeous to look at; and it's suprisingly quick.
Available in five-door as well as three-door versions, the Range Rover Evoque is the least expensive model in the Range Rover range, and while it'll still run you about $42,000 to get in the door, that's about $2,000 less than it would have been for a 2012 model; a new Pure trim level shaves the price without giving up much in the way of equipment.
Under the hood of the Evoque lies a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower. Paired to a six-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels, the Evoque's engine feels peppy once the turbo is spooled. Handling is very car-like, its small dimensions are relatively...