At its launch in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque rapidly became the best-selling Land Rover model, chalking up around 800,000 sales in seven years around the world. So this generation two model is an important one for Land Rover to get right.
It needs to be a radical improvement in technology, efficiency and ownership experience, but without losing the stand-out design that made the first generation such a success. All the signs are that Land Rover has pulled it off.
At first glance you might think that little has changed. Yet everything has. The new design is based on an all-new platform with a longer wheelbase for more passenger legroom and luggage space. All the surfaces are smoother, treated to the same meticulous attention to detail that characterises its big brother, Velar.
The overall look is calmer, cleaner and more sophisticated with delightful touches like the flush-fitting pop-out door handles. Unlike the previous generation, the Evoque will only be offered in five-door form and there are no plans to replace the earlier convertible.
All models apart from the entry-level D150 diesel manual come with a 48-Volt mild hybrid system to boost fuel efficiency, and all are based on 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium engine architecture. Diesel engines include the D150, D180 and D240 (in each case the model number refers to the engine’s metric horsepower). Petrol choices include P200, P250 and P300. All drive via a nine-speed automatic, and apart from a front-drive D150 that’s due to arrive later, all models are all-wheel drive.
Combined fuel economy for the D150 is as much as 44.9mpg depending on chosen wheels and spec, but all the diesels can top 40mpg combined. As you’d expect the petrol variants are less fuel efficient but quicker off the mark, with the P300 achieving 6.6 seconds from to accelerate 0-62mph. For long journeys, towing and effortless cruising the highest torque is achieved by the D240 diesel, which delivers 500Nm of torque, for a 0-62mph time of 7.7s and a combined 40.4mpg.
As standard the new Evoque comes with automatic LED headlights, rain sensing wipers, two-zone climate control, front and rear parking aids, a rear camera, and a 10-inch Touch Pro touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth™ connectivity. As you progress upwards through S, SE and HSE the list of standard features gets progressively longer. S adds leather seats, Connect Pro with Wi-Fi Hotspot and Navigation Pro satnav as well as a Smartphone Pack for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
SE offers a powered tailgate, 14-way electric heated memory front seats and the Touch Pro Duo dual touchscreen infotainment. HSE ups the ante with a powered gesture tailgate, interior luxury pack with extended leather upgrade, a Meridian sound system and the full ark pack with Park Assist that will neatly parallel park for you (though you still have to operate the throttle and brake).
4365 mm / 171.8 in
1965 mm / 77.4 in
(unladen) 1635 mm / 64.4 in
2660 mm / 104.7 in
Unladen weight (DIN)
1595 kg / 3516 lb
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph / 10.6 sec|
|Combined cycle||56.5 mpg|
|Urban cycle||47.1 mpg|