LAND ROVER

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE HATCHBACK 2.0 P250 First Edition 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2201 g/km

How do you right a best seller? That was Land Rover's problem when it came to creating the second generation version of its runaway success story, the Range Rover Evoque, a car that now accounts for a third of the brand's total sales. It's a fashionable, yet capable proposition that has fundamentally changed the premium mid-sized SUV market and rivals now have to contend with an evolved version that features a more efficient range of diesel and petrol engines, including electrified and mild hybrid technology. Plus there's smarter styling, more interior space, extra off road ability and sharper handling thanks to an all-new 'PTA' platform. As a result, if you want an SUV of this kind, this is still the one to beat.

CLASS OF THE FIELD

Range Rover's Evoque has demolished all sales records for SUVs in this class. Jonathan Crouch reports on how the latest MK2 model aims to stay in the top spot.

Ten Second Review

How do you right a best seller? That was Land Rover's problem when it came to creating the second generation version of its runaway success story, the Range Rover Evoque, a car that now accounts for a third of the brand's total sales. It's a fashionable, yet capable proposition that has fundamentally changed the premium mid-sized SUV market and rivals now have to contend with an evolved version that features a more efficient range of diesel and petrol engines, including electrified and mild hybrid technology. Plus there's smarter styling, more interior space, extra off road ability and sharper handling thanks to an all-new 'PTA' platform. As a result, if you want an SUV of this kind, this is still the one to beat.

Background

It's getting on for half a century since all-wheel driving was revolutionised by the Range Rover, a car now a class apart in the luxury 4x4 sector. But what would that model look like re-invented in smaller form for very different Millennial times, an age in which fashion and frugality are as important as toughness and traction? Something like this we think, the Range Rover Evoque, here rejuvenated in second generation form. As before, it sets out to meet a daunting set of challenges, aiming to provide luxurious room for four in a shape shorter than a Ford Focus. Along with handling as satisfying as a sports coupe. And economy that might allow green-minded versions to rival the returns of a citycar. All to be delivered with class-leading off road expertise. In a car right for its times. Quite a build-up. Quite a car? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The Evoque range is primarily focused on Ingenium four-cylinder units. All automatic versions of this model, regardless of whether they're diesel or petrol, will have a 48-volt mild hybrid system equipped with an 8Ah lithium-ion battery. The petrol derivatives produce 200hp (P200), 249hp (P250) and 300 (P300), while the diesels develop 163hp (D165) and 204hp (D200). Your dealer can offer you a manual gearbox available on the entry-level front-driven diesel, but the remainder of the models in the range will come with the brand's latest nine-speed automatic. A less powerful three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo petrol powerplant features in the alternative P300e PHEV petrol model mated to an eight-speed auto gearbox. This plug-in hybrid variant's engine puts out 197bhp, its efforts further aided by a 107bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle which delivers AWD capability and creates a total system output of 296bhp, with 540Nm of torque. The electric motor is powered by a 15kWh lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. As before, all but the most basic Evoques will come with 4WD but their transmission features a 'driveline disconnect' feature which will see the car default to a front-driven configuration unless a loss of traction dictates otherwise. An 'Active Driveline' system will be optionally available, which uses a rear-mounted double-clutch which offers torque vectoring on the rear axle to aid corner turn-in. Off-road ability is enhanced with the fitment of 'Terrain Response 2' tech from the larger range Rover that analyses the road surface and adjusts the transmission to suit. Wading depth is up 100mm to 600mm too.

Design and Build

Land Rover needed to keep the Evoque looking contemporary without diluting its inherent appeal. This time round, the range is focused on the five-door body style that the majority of buyers of the earlier MK1 model chose. The Evoque's highly desirable design is a hallmark of this luxurious mid-sized SUV. For that reason, certain key elements, like the way that the clamshell bonnet is interrupted by bulging front wheel arches, and the ultra-slim rear glass area, have been retained. From the side though, there's a much cleaner look, with flush door handles borrowed from the Velar and smoother surfacing on the doors. Of course, what's more important is the stuff you can't see: Land Rover says that 90% of the body components are new, partly because this second generation Evoque was the first Jaguar Land Rover group model to be based upon the company's completely new 'Premium Transverse Architecture'. Inside, the cabin has been influenced by the brand's larger Velar, hence the introduction of a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and, on plusher versions, the option of a pair of centre-dash 10-inch 'Touch Pro Duo' screens. The new 'PTA' platform has extended the Evoque's wheelbase, so though the new model is actually a few millimetres shorter than its predecessor, it has better cabin packaging. You should notice this on the rear seat. Plus in the boot, where capacity has risen 10% to 591-litres - enough, Land Rover reckons, for a full set of golf clubs or a folded pram. With the second row folded down, there's 1,383-litres on offer.

Market and Model

Pricing isn't much different, starting from around £32,000. There are four main trim levels - standard Evoque, 'S', 'SE' and 'HSE', all with sportier 'R-Dynamic' sub-derivatives available for an extra £1,500. It all means that it's now possible to pay up to £50,000 for an Evoque. 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, 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels, ambient cabin lighting, dual-zone climate control, and a heated windscreen. Upgrade yourself from standard 'Evoque' trim to 'S'-spec and you get perforated leather, electrically adjustable front seats, an improved infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, auto dimming on the side mirrors and rear-view mirror, and traffic sign recognition with an adaptive speed limiter. If you can move further up the range, 'SE'-spec gives you high-beam assist headlights and 'sweeping' LED indicators, plus 20in alloys, extra power adjustment and heating for the front seats, an interactive driver display, an electrically powered tailgate and a parking pack that includes a rear traffic monitor. Finally, 'HSE' trim upgrades the leather upholstery and brings a 380W Meridian sound system, the ClearSight rear-view mirror camera, gesture control for the powered tailgate, adaptive cruise control and a different finish of 20-inch alloys.

Cost of Ownership

This MK2 Evoque's new 'Premium Transverse Architecture' platform allows Jaguar land Rover's smaller models to become more technologically sophisticated, particularly in terms of powertrain electrification. We'll see the fruit of that when the plug-in three-cylinder turbo petrol powerplant is introduced to the range. For the time being, Land Rover reckons that a front-driven 165PS diesel manual model will put out 160g/km of CO2 and manage 46.3mpg on the combined cycle. the brand claims that that the cleanest mild-hybrid auto diesel will put out 169g/km and deliver 43.7mpg on the combined cycle. All these figures are compiled from the WLTP cycle. The P300e PHEV petrol plug-in model can offer an electric driving range of up to 41 miles, with CO2 emissions of just 32g/km and up to 201.8mpg on the combined cycle. Charging from a 7kW garage AC wallbox can be done from 0-80% in 1 hour and 24 minutes. A three-year, unlimited mileage warranty comes with this model, with further extensions available if you want them. There's also an 'InControl Protect' service that allows you to monitor vital stats on your car from your smartphone and will guide the breakdown services to your Evoque should it ever have a problem. Also included is European cover and a promise to get you on your way as soon as possible in your own car or in a loan vehicle if the required repair will take longer than four hours.

Summary

Land Rover has spent its money wisely with this second generation Evoque. This car's just become significantly more economical and capable, both on road and off. Just about the only thing that can really sink this model is for it to go horribly out of fashion. That doesn't look like happening any time soon, but just in case, Land Rover has concentrated on substance over style with this MK2 model. In doing so, the brand has future-proofed its biggest money-spinner. In summary then, the Evoque is now even easier to recommend than it was before. It's the only car in the premium compact SUV segment with a conceivable appeal to lifestyle buyers not necessarily searching for a premium mid-sized SUV - and that says a lot. If you are in the market for something of this kind, can stretch to the asking price and can afford not to place too much of a premium on practicality, then you won't be disappointed. This is, quite simply, the class of the field.

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

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

  • First Edition carpet mats

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

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

  • Rear view camera
  • Lane keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit
  • Blind spot assist
  • 360 degree parking aid
  • Electronic power assisted steering (EPAS)

  • Smart settings
  • Powered tailgate/boot lid
  • Push button starter

  • Head up Display
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Interactive Driver display instrument cluster
  • Pro services and wifi hotspot
  • Clear exit monitor
  • Duo touch pro
  • Navigation pro system

  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights

  • Extended leather upgrade
  • Gradated linear dark aluminium trim finisher with First Edition script

  • Large fuel tank
  • Efficient Driveline

  • Digital Audio Broadcast radio-DAB
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Meridian sound system with 380W subwoofer and 10 speakers

  • Shadow atlas bonnet and tailgate script
  • Narvik black contrast roof with exterior mirror caps
  • Evoque and R-Dynamic badge
  • No badge - Removes powertrain badge and specification pack badge
  • Fixed panoramic sunroof with powered sunblind
  • Metallic paint
  • Tailgate spoiler
  • Flush deployable exterior door handles

  • Rear fog lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight power wash
  • Automatic headlight levelling
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL, intelligent high beam assist, signature Hi-Line tail lights and animated directional indicators

  • Rear air vents
  • Two zone climate control

  • Bright metal pedals
  • Black gearshift paddles
  • Ebony morzine headlining
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Illuminated metal tread plates in loadspace and row 1 with First Edition script and non illuminated metal in row 2
  • Duo-tone grained leather upholstery
  • Electrically adjustable steering column with memory
  • Overhead stowage for sunglasses
  • Perforated soft grain leather steering wheel with Atlas bezel
  • Twin sliding front centre armrest
  • Twin front cupholders with cover

  • Configurable Ambient interior lighting
  • Overhead lighting console

  • Power socket pack 1 - Evoque
  • R-Dynamic exterior pack - Evoque

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

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Isofix system on outer rear seats
  • Rear centre headrest
  • Passive front head restraints
  • 14 way electric heated front seats with memory, fore/aft, recline/height/tilt, 4way lumbar + manual headrest adj with rear centre armrest

  • Intrusion sensor
  • Keyless entry
  • Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • All season tyres

  • Tyre repair system

  • CO2 (g/km): 176
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 201
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 201

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1997

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Combined (mpg): 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 31.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 22.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 21.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 30.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 28.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 37.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 34.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 31.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 29.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 31.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 29.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 12.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 13.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 9.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.6

  • 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: 39E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 16000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • 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: 249
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: First Edition
  • Coin Description: P250

  • Engine Power - BHP: 249
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.6
  • Top Speed: 142
  • Engine Power - KW: 186
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 269
  • Engine Torque - NM: 365
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1400
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 37.2

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPLIT SPOKE STYLE 5079
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R20

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1818
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2430
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 67
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 798
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 612
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1576
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Configurable dynamics: £165
  • Adaptive dynamics: £570

  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £210

  • Secure tracker: £570
  • Secure tracker pro: £780

  • Metallic - Seoul pearl silver: £0
  • Metallic - Nolita grey: £0
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £0

  • Duo-tone grained leather - Cloud/Ebony, Cloud/Ebony colour way: £0

  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5079: Included
  • 21" 5 split spoke gloss light silver alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5077: £480
  • 21" 5 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheels - Style 5078: £235

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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