Range Rover Evoque
By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist
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Visually, the Evoque certainly marks an intrepid progression of Range Rover design.
With an arresting rising beltline, a strapping shoulder running the length of the SUV, and a distinct taper to the low-slung floating roofline, the Evoque espouses a bubbly profile with an authoritative and strong deportment.
Inside, the cabin delivers just what you would expect; splendid surroundings with good quality materials.
The most economical version of the Evoque is the two-wheel-drive eD4 diesel, which delivers 65mpg on average. But the four-wheel-drive TD4 180 SE 9Sp Auto model I drove offers a better drive – and it’s frugal enough, achieving over 55mpg.
Behind the wheel, you feel self-assured and contented. Regardless of the low roof, visibility is good, and the Evoque feels relatively potent and planted at motorway speeds, with not much body roll on twisty country lanes.
With all wheels being driven, the Evoque oozes all-surface, all-weather aptitude. The four-wheel-drive transmission is a state-of-the-art full-time intelligent set-up which constantly varies the front and rear torque split to supply optimal balance and traction. The Range Rover Evoque also has plentiful ground clearance and better approach and departure angles than many other premium compact SUVs.
Given its compact size, the Evoque is pricey, though. It is fairly petite compared with a BMW X1, but is around the same size as Audi’s Q3 - yet you have to fork out more than either the Bimmer or the Audi to purchase it.
That said; the Evoque is far more reasonable if you lease it. Costs for most models are on a par with the Mercedes GLA or Audi Q3 – and positively cheap compared with BMW’s X1.
The Range Rover Evoque will unquestionably lure rural based motorists who require this kind of vehicle to get about, as well as a new generation of business managers who want a no-nonsense SUV that also delivers piles of style.
Pros ‘n’ Cons
- Powerful √
- Refined √
- Practical √
- Grip √
- Pricey X
Fast Facts (TD4 SE 5dr Automatic)
- Max speed: 121 mph
- 0-62 mph: 9.0 secs
- Combined mpg: 55.4
- Engine: 1,999 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel
- Max. power (PS): 189
- CO2: 134g/km
- Price: £35,000