Inside the Range Rover Evoque
For a compact, coupe-ish SUV the Evoque remains generally spacious. The extra knee space freed up by the wheelbase extension certainly helps in the rear, though it’s slightly cramped width-wise with all three seats occupied. No complaints about headroom, there is plenty even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted to our test cars.
Making the car “more Range Rover” generally means lots of quality and lots of
The driver’s environment benefits greatly from the ‘hoovering up’ of technology launched in other recent Jaguar and Land Rover models. Of course, what you get will depend on how much you are prepared to spend, but highlights include the Dual Touch Pro dual-touchscreen that debuted in the Velar.
This links the enormous, iPad-esque screen atop the centre console (and yes, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connections are now available on the Evoque) with another lower one ahead of the gear lever, while the driver gets an impressive TFT display ahead of them, and on which a wide variety of info can be displayed, from car settings to map directions.
As useful as it is impressive is the ClearSight rear view mirror – standard on top models or a £315 option on others. This solves one long-standing criticism of the Evoque, the restricted view out of its letterbox rear screen.
A simple flick of a switch at the base of the rear-view mirror projects the ClearSight image onto the mirror. The camera is mounted on a pod atop the roof, so not affected by passengers on the rear seats, and it gives a much wider field of view than a traditional mirror, so it’s safer. Mind you it also magnifies the view – your reviewer sat in a roundabout queue with a traffic police car directly behind and could clearly see the whites of the officers’ eyes…
There’s more – Land Rover claims a world first for the ClearSight Ground View, a very clever system that provides a view of what’s directly ahead of and under the front wheels, effectively looking through the car as if it wasn’t there. For off-roading, in particular, this is a very useful aid for avoiding large rocks and the like. But it has its place in the city too, helping keep those expensive alloys from crunching kerbstones…
Driving the Range Rover Evoque
As mentioned there are currently two diesel and three petrol engines in the Evoque range, all of
All except the entry front-drive diesel are also 48-volt mild hybrid units. Using a starter generator connected by a belt to the engine, they harvest energy under deceleration and store it in a battery under the floor. When the driver accelerates the stored energy adds extra torque, while under 11mph the car travels on electric power alone, the engine turned off.
This is a foretaste of new versions of the Evoque to come. A plug-in hybrid model will join the range before the end of 2019, and full-electric versions are also in the pipeline.
On the launch event, we were paired with something far more traditional – the 200hp entry-level petrol unit. Mind you, it’s not as Land Rover traditional as the
On the road our petrol engine, like all its sisters one of the Ingenium units built (as is the Evoque) in the UK, is certainly refined, almost silent in operation yet enthusiastically accelerating.
Our Evoque is paired with the nine-speed auto transmission standard on all bar the base diesel. In most situations it works very well indeed, matching the engine for refinement, though occasionally it slightly mis-steps in its gear selection when crawling through urban traffic – nothing to be concerned about though.
The Evoque behaves extremely well on the road, and by SUV standards
Naturally the car took every challenge in its stride – the Terrain Response 2 system, which automatically sets the car up to match the surface (or lack of surface) it is being driven on, is well proven, and it comes fitted to every version, even entry-level models. Land Rover’s go-anywhere reputation is safe with the latest Evoque.
The ‘difficult second album’ fears of the design team can be allayed. Yes, the new Range Rover Evoque is an evolution of its predecessor, but a very significant one. This car incorporates all the advances that have arrived in the eight years since the first Evoque launched, while not straying from the basic premise that made that car such a hit.
As a result, the new Evoque meets head-on the rivals its predecessor never had, matches them and in some areas (especially off-road ability) beats them. Expect continued hit status.
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- Refinement of interior and general performance
- Impressive off-road ability
- Highly practical new technology
- Could do with more safety tech as standard
- Three occupants in rear will be cosy
- Auto transmission slightly less slick at slow speeds
|Make & model||Range Rover Evoque||Mercedes-Benz GLC||Volvo XC40|
|Specification||P200 SE Auto AWD||GLC 250 4MATIC AMG Line||R-Design Pro T4 AWD Automatic|
|Price (on-road)||£42,600 (test car with options £44,015)||£41,185||£36,520|
|Engine||2.0-litre petrol||2.0-litre petrol||2.0-litre petrol|
|Gearbox||9-speed automatic||9-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|Power||200 hp||211 hp||190 hp|
|Torque||320 Nm||350 Nm||300 Nm|
|0-62mph||8.0 sec||7.3 sec||7.0 sec|
|Top speed||134 mph||138 mph||130 mph|
|Fuel economy (combined)||30.7 – 28.6 mpg (WLTP)||37.2 mpg (NEDC)||40.4 mpg (NEDC)|
|CO2 emissions||176 g/km (WLTP)||174 g/km (NEDC)||163 g/km (NEDC)|
|Euro NCAP rating||5 stars (2019)||5 stars (2015)||5 stars (2018)|