LAND ROVER

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 D240 S 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2181 g/km

In recent times, the picture's not looked too rosy for Land Rover. The company's been wrong-footed in the dash away from diesel and now faces increasing SUV competition from every part of the industry. Hence the need for this rejuvenated second generation version of its Evoque premium compact SUV model. The visual continuity with its predecessor is intentional, disguising the fact that almost everything's changed here. Starting with a new 'Premium Transverse Architecture' platform that makes possible a whole new range of mild hybrid engines, including the top D240 diesel version on test here.

CAPABILITY BROWN

If you want a fashionable small SUV that's good on the mud, there's nothing quite like a Range Rover Evoque. Jonathan Crouch tries the D240 version.

Ten Second Review

In recent times, the picture's not looked too rosy for Land Rover. The company's been wrong-footed in the dash away from diesel and now faces increasing SUV competition from every part of the industry. Hence the need for this rejuvenated second generation version of its Evoque premium compact SUV model. The visual continuity with its predecessor is intentional, disguising the fact that almost everything's changed here. Starting with a new 'Premium Transverse Architecture' platform that makes possible a whole new range of mild hybrid engines, including the top D240 diesel version on test here.

Background

Thanks to a longer wheelbase, this MK2 model Evoque's more sophisticated 'PTA' chassis has a better shot at a brief its predecessor really struggled with; namely, straddling both the compact and mid-sized premium SUV sectors. It's still no bigger than a Focus outside, but there's now enough room inside for you to feel better about paying BMW X3 or Audi Q5 money for one. Which of course is as vital for Land Rover as the installation of the kind of more premium cabin you'd find in SUVs of that sort. That's now delivered by the single 5-Door body style now on offer, as well as a range of really clever design innovations, including a 'Clear Sight' virtual rear view mirror and a self-learning 'Smart Settings' system that adjusts the car to your preferences as you approach it. Some things haven't changed though: the Evoque is still easily the most capable car in its segment off the beaten track. In short, it's still a proper Range Rover. It's just that now, it feels a lot more like one. Let's put this car to the test in top D240 diesel form.

Driving Experience

Don't be misled by the lightly evolved looks; an awful lot of work's gone in to evolve this second generation 'L551'-series Evoque model, especially under the skin. As soon as you set off in it, there's a heftier, more solid feel than the previous car provided, complemented by an altogether more absorbent quality of ride from a redesigned suspension set-up, with mechanicals derived from larger Range Rovers. The much stiffer 'Premium Transverse Architecture' chassis helps here, a platform which also makes possible the fitment of a fresh range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines. We tried the diesel unit in its flagship D240 state of tune, which really would make a good tow car, with 500Nm of grunt; the performance stats are 7.7s and 140mph. In truth, this top diesel unit doesn't feel anything like that fast, the vehicle's rather heavy weight exacerbated by the gearbox's reluctance to shift down as quickly as you might want when a rapid burst of speed is called for. All is forgiven when you venture off the beaten track though. No competitor can hold a candle to the Evoque's prowess on the rough stuff. You'll damage any rival if you attempt to get it anywhere near what this little Range Rover can do 'off piste'. That's thanks to 212mm of ground clearance, 600mm of wading depth capability and an evolved 'Terrain Response 2' driving mode system which sets the car up perfectly for the type of ground you're travelling over.

Design and Build

You don't change a winning formula. The way the original Evoque looked was the major reason why so many people bought it. Stylist Massimo Frascella and his team did initially design a more radical concept for this second generation model, but it was quickly discarded on the basis of continual customer feedback that the established shape should merely be evolved. Perhaps though, with a little extra touch of Range Rover this time round; that earlier 'L538' model was originally destined to wear a Land Rover badge. This one though, which carries over only its door hinges from its predecessor, gains more than a hint of the maturity that marks out the next Range Rover model in the line, the mid-sized Velar. Inside, there's a big improvement. Once cramped and blandly trimmed, this lighter, larger, smarter cabin now at last has the feel of a fully-fledged Range Rover. The much higher quality of fit and finish helps here, as does a more mature level of design that includes the introduction of a 'pistol-grip' F-TYPE sportscar-derived shifter and a much wider centre console between the seats. Plus of course there are all the screens, Land Rover's 'Touch Pro Duo' set-up being standard-fit if you avoid the cheaper trim levels, with wondrous graphics and impressive configurability. Where these monitors feature, they're complemented by an equally customisable 12.3-inch 'Interactive Driver Display' replacing the usual instrument binnacle dials. Rear seat space is reasonable and there's a decent 591-litre boot.

Market and Model

This time round, there's only a five-door body style - no 3-Door Coupe and, sadly, no Convertible either. Prices have risen of course - and a little more than you might think from a casual glance. Evoque prices start at around £32,000, but you'll need well over £38,000 to get yourself the least expensive version of the top D240 diesel variant which has to be had with auto transmission and AWD; it's more likely that a D240 buyer's spend would be at around the £45,000 mark. Trim trim choice is from 'S' to 'SE' or, as in the case of our test car, the 'HSE' grade - and you have to stretch at least as far as 'SE' to get the more sophisticated 'Touch Pro Duo' twin-screen interior you'll probably have admired in the showroom. Sportier 'R-Dynamic' sub-derivatives are available for an extra £1,500. These come complete with a whole lot of extra trim detailing - principally ribbed front corner outlets, bonnet louvres, a smarter front and rear bumper and valance design and, inside, metal pedals, an Ebony Morzine headliner and black gear shift paddles for the auto gearbox. Across the range, you can specify a Head-up display. Plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring at last make an appearance. All variants get LED auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, ambient cabin lighting, dual-zone climate control, and a heated windscreen.

Cost of Ownership

They key stat you need to know here doesn't, for once, relate to fuel figures, emission readings or taxation status. It's this Evoque's exemplary residual value showing. Depreciation is one of the biggest costs of running a new car, yet it's the easiest one to forget in the excitement of choosing one. This little Range Rover model clings onto its value with class-leading tenacity, independent experts reckoning that a typical second generation Evoque variant will be able to retain up to 63% of its value after a typical 3 year / 36,000 mile ownership period. That's much better than most premium competitors in this segment can manage and it's the main reason why PCP finance quotations for this car are so relatively affordable. All of this is just as well because it partly compensates for some of the issues this car has when it comes to more usual running cost parameters. Let's get to the key one. Weight. This MK2 Evoque's new 'Premium Transverse Architecture' platform allows Jaguar Land Rover's smaller models to become more technologically sophisticated, but it's still steel-based and contributes greatly to a kerb weight that on this top D240 approaches 2.0-tonnes. That explains relatively mediocre returns up to 40.4mpg (WLTP) and up to 163g/km (NEDC). In this test, we averaged a mid-30's mpg figure and were getting around 300 miles from the 54-litre tank.

Summary

We're short of British success stories just at present, but the Evoque model line is one of them. Land Rover reckons the original version of this car pioneered the compact SUV segment. It didn't of course, but it did redefine what a premium model in this sector could be. This second generation Evoque is as stylish and capable as its predecessor, but manages at the same time to be much more of a 'Range Rover'-style product, making more accessible the class and cutting-edge design of the larger Velar. It's even more desirable as a result, especially in this D240 guise. Ultimately, what we've got here is a welcome step forward in Evoque development. It'll please those who liked the original, but it might also charm folk who didn't. Whichever camp you're in, if you need to match style with substance in a small SUV of this sort, it's hard to think of a better place to start your search.

  • Heated windscreen
  • Heated washer jets
  • Heated rear window with timer
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti trap

  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill descent control
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Electronic traction control
  • Roll stability control
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Low traction launch
  • Hill launch assist
  • Active Driveline

  • Passive suspension
  • All terrain progress control
  • Terrain Response 2 Auto

  • Land Rover InControl apps
  • InControl remote
  • Android Auto
  • Voice control system
  • Apple car play
  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Electronic power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Lane keep assist

  • Push button starter
  • Smart settings

  • Navigation pro system
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Pro services and wifi hotspot

  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Digital Audio Broadcast radio-DAB

  • Flush deployable exterior door handles
  • Evoque badge
  • Tailgate spoiler

  • Rear fog lights

  • Rear air vents

  • Twin sliding front centre armrest
  • Twin front cupholders with cover
  • Overhead stowage for sunglasses

  • Overhead lighting console

  • Power operated child locks
  • Six airbags - Driver and passenger airbags/driver knee airbag/front side airbag and curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • Customer configurable autolock
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Passive front head restraints
  • Rear centre headrest

  • Intrusion sensor
  • Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 156
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 181

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.4
  • CC: 1999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 40.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 37.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 48.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 44.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 38.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.5

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 35E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 94
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 72
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 73
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 240
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: S
  • Coin Description: D240

  • Engine Power - BHP: 240
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Power - KW: 179
  • Engine Power - RPM: 2400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPLIT SPOKE STYLE 5075
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/60 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): 2100
  • Height: 1649
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4371
  • Width: 1904
  • Wheelbase: 2681

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1880
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2510
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 798
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 630
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1576
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Privacy glass: £370
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220

  • Carpet mats: Included
  • Premium carpet mats: £115

  • Adaptive dynamics: £815
  • Configurable dynamics: £235

  • Wade Sensing: £0
  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit: £0
  • Adaptive cruise control with steering assist: £0
  • Front and rear parking aid: Included
  • Rear traffic monitor: £0
  • Blind spot assist: £0
  • Rear view camera: Included
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £0
  • 360 degree parking aid: £0
  • 360 degree surround camera with ClearSight ground view: £585

  • Click and go integrated base unit: £220
  • Manual tailgate/boot lid: Included
  • Powered tailgate/boot lid: £425
  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £210
  • Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid: £525

  • Secure tracker: £570
  • Analogue dials with 7" central TFT display: Included
  • 10" touch screen pro: Included
  • Clear exit monitor: £0
  • Interactive Driver display instrument cluster: £510
  • Head up Display: £920
  • Secure tracker pro: £780
  • Duo touch pro: £410

  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights: £0
  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror: £515
  • Body colour door mirrors: Included
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror: Included
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with approach lights: Included

  • Extended leather upgrade: £355
  • Full extended leather upgrade: £1,630
  • Gradated linear bright aluminium trim finisher: Included
  • Gradated linear dark aluminium trim finisher: £140
  • Natural grey ash veneer: £80
  • Natural umber ash veneer: £195

  • Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) large tank: Included
  • Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) eco tank: £0
  • Large fuel tank: Included
  • Eco fuel tank: £0

  • Sound system with 180W and 6 speakers: Included
  • Meridian sound system with 380W subwoofer and 10 speakers: £630
  • Meridian surround sound system with 825W subwoofer and 14 speakers: £1,260
  • Digital TV: £865

  • Premium metallic paint: £970
  • S badge: Included
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £705
  • Body coloured roof: Included
  • Sliding panoramic roof with powered sunblind: £1,430
  • D240 badge: Included
  • Standard roof: Included
  • Narvik black contrast roof with exterior mirror caps: £545
  • Seoul pearl silver contrast roof with narvik black exterior mirror caps: £545
  • No badge - Removes powertrain badge and specification pack badge: £0
  • Fixed panoramic sunroof with powered sunblind: £1,120

  • Premium LED headlights with signature DRL, signature Hi-Line tail lights and animated directional indicators: £1,020
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL, intelligent high beam assist, signature Hi-Line tail lights and animated directional indicators: £1,840
  • Auto high beam assist: £155
  • Front fog lights: £195
  • Headlight power wash: £205
  • Automatic headlight levelling: £0
  • LED Headlights: Included
  • Manual headlight levelling: Included

  • Air quality sensor: £60
  • Cabin air ionisation: £140
  • Two zone climate control with second row vents and temperature control: £205
  • Two zone climate control: Included

  • Soft grain leather steering wheel with Atlas bezel: £100
  • Textile upgrade: £0
  • Suede cloth steering wheel with Atlas bezel: £630
  • Standard tread plates with range rover branding: Included
  • Range rover branding illuminated metal tread plates in loadspace and row1 with brand name script and non illuminated metal in row 2: £560
  • Range rover branding chrome tread plates with metal loadspace scuff plate: £255
  • Electrically adjustable steering column with memory: £320
  • Eucalyptus textile and ultrafabric upholstery: £0
  • Quilted perforated windsor leather upholstery: £1,770
  • Kvadrat premium textile/dinamica suedecloth upholstery: £1,770
  • Loadspace partition net: £105
  • Ebony suede cloth headlining: £865
  • Loadspace storage rails with luggage retention kit: £305
  • Grained Leather upholstery: Included
  • Light oyster morzine headlining: Included
  • Light oyster suede cloth headlining: £865
  • Suede cloth steering wheel: £610
  • Ebony morzine headlining: £245
  • Black gearshift paddles: £220
  • Manually adjustable steering column: Included
  • Leather steering wheel: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £190

  • Ambient interior lighting: Included
  • Configurable Ambient interior lighting: £220

  • Black exterior pack - Evoque: £670
  • Drive pack - Evoque: £1,020
  • Driver Assist pack - Evoque: £2,550
  • Eucalyptus textile pack - Evoque: £0
  • Park pack - Evoque: £560
  • Power socket pack 1 - Evoque: Included
  • Power socket pack 2 - Evoque: £110
  • Premium textile pack - Evoque: £355
  • Smoker's pack - Evoque: £40

  • Metallic - Seoul pearl silver: £705
  • Metallic - Kaikoura stone: £705
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £705
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £705
  • Metallic - Indus silver: £705
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £705
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £705

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0
  • Solid - Narvik black: £0

  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £970
  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £970

  • High speed emergency braking: £0
  • Emergency braking: Included

  • 10 way electric heated front seats, fore/aft, recline, height, tilt + manual headrest adjustment with rear centre armrest: Included
  • 10 way electric heated front seats with heated rear seats, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt + manual headrest adj with rear centre armrest: £330
  • 14 way electric heated front seats with memory, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4way lumbar + manual headrest adj with rear centre armrest: £705
  • 14way electric heated front seats with memory and heated rear seats, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4way lumbar + manual headrest, rear centre armrest: £1,035
  • 16 way electric heated front seats with memory, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4 way lumbar, bolsters + manual headrest adj with rear centre armrest: £580
  • 16 way electric heated front seats memory with heated rear seats, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4way lumbar, bolsters + manual headrest, rear armrest: £915
  • 16 way electric heated and cooled front seats memory with heated rear seats, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4 way lumbar, bolsters + manual headrest: £1,790
  • 16 way electric heated, massage front seats memory, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4 way lumbar, bolsters + manual headrest with rear centre armrest: £1,460
  • 16 way electric heated, massage front seats memory with heated rear seats, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4way lumbar, bolsters + manual headrest adj: £1,790
  • 16 way electric heated, cooled, massage front seats memory and heated rear seats, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4way lumbar, bolster, manual headrest: £2,665

  • Activity key: £320
  • Keyless entry: £420

  • Detachable towbar: £715
  • Electrically deployable towbar: £1,035
  • Advanced tow assist: £365

  • Eucalyptus textile and ultrafabric - Cloud, Cloud/Ebony colour way: £0
  • Eucalyptus textile and ultrafabric - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way: £0

  • Grained leather - Cloud, Cloud/Ebony colour way: £0
  • Grained leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way: £0
  • Grained leather - Eclipse, Eclipse/Ebony colour way: £0
  • Quilted perforated windsor leather - Cloud, Cloud/Ebony colour way: £1,770
  • Quilted perforated windsor leather - Deep garnet, Deep garnet/Ebony colour way: £1,770
  • Quilted perforated windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way: £1,770
  • Quilted perforated windsor leather - Eclipse, Eclipse/Ebony colour way: £1,770

  • Kvadrat premium textile/dinamica suedecloth - Cloud, Cloud/Ebony colour way: £1,770
  • Kvadrat premium textile/dinamica suedecloth - Dapple grey/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way: £1,770

  • Summer tyres: £0
  • All season tyres: Included

  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5074: £340
  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5075: Included
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5076: £1,345
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss mid-silver alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5076: £1,685
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5079: £1,345
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5079: £1,685
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5079: £1,685
  • 21" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5078: £2,355
  • 21" 5 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheels - Style 5078: £2,015

  • Reduction section steel spare wheel: £170
  • Tyre repair system: Included

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