The Range Rover Evoque is Land Rover’s smallest Range Rover vehicle ever and a step into a lower price segment of the market but the good news is they haven’t skimped on quality.
This long awaited baby Range Rover is based on the Freelander but aimed at a younger market with its Funky design and the obvious luxury it is available in both 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive.
The car is actually 20mm wider than the Freelander and handling of the front wheel drive variant is likened to that of a sporty hatch such as the BMW 1-series which it is well known is a car they used in comparison when designing.
Front wheel drive obviously has also helped in keep both emissions down as well as fuel consumption. The 2 wheel drive 2.2 turbo diesel engine can return a fantastic 58mpg with the 4 wheel drive only being slight behind at around 50mpg.
Part of achieving this fantastic mpg has been down to the use of aluminium and plastic in the body to make the vehicle even lighter than its Freelander cousin as well as the use of engine start and stop technology to avoid fuel wastage.
There a three engines in the line-up, a 2.0 turbo petrol engine from Ford with a paddle shift gearbox and a claimed 0-62mph time of just 7.1 seconds. The two variants of the 2.2 diesel engine are the 148bhp and the slightly higher tuned 187bhp unit. Both are available with 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic transmission.
The styling of the Evoque is what is going to appeal to most with its futuristic coupe look design looking as close to the original concept car shown in Detroit in 2008 as any other car to go into production.
Similar to BMW’s Mini, the Evoque can be customised using design themes to anybody’s taste. For example the “Pure” theme has nice calm colours with brushed metallic trim 19” alloy wheels and soft touch plastics. “Prestige” has a different design of alloy wheel, lots of leather and sparkling metallic detailing. The final theme is “Dynamic” with 20” alloy wheels this is even more sporty and funky with different design bumpers, a full body kit and sports seats in radical colours.
Specification can also be adjusted to the customers requirements as you would expect from Range Rover with a huge selection of additional options such as different alloy designs, upgraded sound system and a full glass panoramic roof. This is over and above what is already a high standard spec.
All in all Land Rover have done a fantastic job with the Evoque and it’s nice to see that the original concept car can clearly be seen in the final production model.
With excellent economy, its radical design and quality this is sure to appeal to both current Range Rover owners and a whole new market segment which has obviously been the aim and looks like will be achieved.
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