LAND ROVER

LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER EVOQUE DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 D165 R-Dynamic 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2170 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-to-mid-sized 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 D200 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 D200 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-to-mid-sized 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 D200 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 D200 diesel MHEV 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 D200 state of tune, which really would make a good tow car, with 430Nm of grunt; the performance stats are 7.9s (0-60mph) and 120mph (max). 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 £42,000 to get yourself the least expensive version of the top D200 diesel variant which has to be had with auto transmission and AWD; it's more likely that a D200 customer's spend would be at around the £45,000-£50,000 mark. There are three 'R-Dynamic'-spec trim choices - 'S', 'SE' or 'HSE', plus a top 'Autobiography' 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. Standard 'R-Dynamic' extra trim detailing touches include 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 all come included. 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 D200 approaches 2.0-tonnes. That explains relatively mediocre returns up to 43.3mpg (WLTP) and up to 171g/km (WLTP). That's aided by the brand's latest MHEV mild hybrid engine tech.

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 D200 MHEV 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

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

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

  • Wade Sensing
  • Lane keep assist
  • Front and rear parking aid
  • Electronic power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • 3D 360 degree surround camera

  • Push button starter

  • Driver condition monitor
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light

  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with approach lights and auto dimming driver side

  • Efficient Driveline

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

  • Flush deployable exterior door handles
  • Evoque and R-Dynamic badge
  • Shadow atlas bonnet and tailgate script
  • Tailgate spoiler

  • Rear fog lights

  • Rear air vents

  • Satin chrome gearshift paddles
  • Twin sliding front centre armrest
  • Bright metal pedals
  • Overhead stowage for sunglasses

  • Overhead lighting console
  • Ambient interior lighting

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

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

  • Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Intrusion sensor

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 177
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 170

  • 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: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 9 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.4
  • CC: 1997

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 43.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 43.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 41.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.8

  • 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: 26E
  • 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: 163
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: R-Dynamic
  • Coin Description: D165
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 122
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 280
  • Engine Torque - NM: 380
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.8
  • Top Speed: 120
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 38.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/65 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE STYLE 1005
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/65 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1816
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2490
  • 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: 674
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1576
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Privacy glass: £420
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £220

  • Red brake calipers: £300

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

  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £300

  • Rear collision monitor: £0
  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £0
  • Blind spot assist: £0
  • Rear traffic monitor: £0
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter: £255

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

  • Duo touch pro: £510
  • Rear animated directional indicators: £50
  • Connected navigation pro: £0
  • Head up Display: £920
  • Secure tracker: £340
  • Secure tracker pro: £520
  • Analogue dials with 7" central TFT display: Included
  • Clear exit monitor: £0
  • 10" touch screen pro: Included
  • Interactive Driver display instrument cluster: £510
  • Wifi enabled with data plan: £440
  • Pivi pro connected includes upgraded infotainment, connected navigation pro, Nuance speech licence: £850

  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror: £515
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror: Included

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

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

  • Meridian sound system with 400W subwoofer and 12 speakers: £630
  • Meridian surround sound system with 650W subwoofer and 14 speakers: £1,260
  • Sound system with 180W and 6 speakers: Included
  • Pivi Infotainment System: Included

  • Narvik black contrast roof with exterior mirror caps: £650
  • Fixed panoramic sunroof with powered sunblind: £1,150
  • Sliding panoramic roof with powered sunblind: £1,450
  • Standard roof: Included
  • Body coloured roof: Included
  • Metallic paint: £705
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £970

  • Manual headlight levelling: Included
  • Automatic headlight levelling: £0
  • Front fog lights: £195
  • Headlight power wash: £205
  • Auto high beam assist: £155
  • 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
  • Animated directional indicators: £100
  • LED headlights and LED tail lights: Included

  • Two zone climate control with second row vents and temperature control: £205
  • Two zone climate control: Included
  • Cabin Air Purification System with PM2.5 filter: £335

  • Perforated full leather steering wheel: £100
  • Loadspace partition net: £105
  • Ebony suede cloth headlining: £865
  • Loadspace storage rails with luggage retention kit: £305
  • Suede cloth steering wheel: £610
  • Light oyster morzine headlining: £0
  • Light oyster suede cloth headlining: £865
  • Heated steering wheel: £190
  • Manually adjustable steering column: Included
  • Perforated leather steering wheel: Included
  • Fabric upholstery: Included
  • Perforated Windsor leather upholstery: £3,585
  • Grained Leather upholstery: £1,815
  • Ebony morzine headlining: Included
  • R-Dynamic branding illuminated metal tread plates in loadspace and row 1 with brand name script and non illuminated metal in row 2: £305
  • R-Dynamic branding chrome tread plates with metal loadspace scuff plate: Included
  • Eucalyptus textile and ultrafabric upholstery: £1,815
  • Perforated Duo-tone Windsor leather upholstery: £3,585
  • Kvadrat premium textile/dinamica suedecloth upholstery: £3,585
  • Twin front cupholders with cover: £50
  • Textile upgrade: £0
  • Duo-tone grained leather upholstery: £1,815
  • Electrically adjustable steering column with memory function and easy entry/exit: £320

  • Cabin lighting: Included
  • Premium cabin lighting: £220

  • Blind spot assist pack - Evoque: £550
  • Driver Assist pack with adaptive cruise control - Evoque: £1,350
  • Online pack with data plan - Evoque: £140
  • Premium upgrade interior pack - Evoque R-Dynamic/R-Dynamic S/R-Dynamic SE: £1,280
  • Eucalyptus textile pack - Evoque: £0
  • Power socket pack 1 - Evoque: Included
  • Power socket pack 2 - Evoque: £110
  • Premium textile pack - Evoque: £355
  • R-Dynamic exterior pack - Evoque: Included
  • Smoker's pack - Evoque: £40
  • R-Dynamic black exterior pack - Evoque: £670
  • R-Dynamic exterior pack when chosen with Narvik/Santorini black exterior colour - Evoque: £0
  • R-Dynamic exterior pack when chosen with Eiger grey exterior colour - Evoque: £0
  • Convenience pack with keyless entry- Evoque: £1,610
  • Technology pack with head up display - Evoque: £2,340

  • Metallic - Seoul pearl silver: £705
  • Metallic - Nolita grey: £705
  • Metallic - Lantau bronze: £705
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £705
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £705
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £705
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £705
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £705

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

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

  • 12 way electric heated front seat with 2 way manual headrests, electric 4 way lumbar plus manual headrest adjustment: £0
  • 12 way electric heated front seat with heated rear seat, 2 way manual headrest, electric 4 way lumbar plus manual headrest adjustment: £330
  • 12 way electric heated driver memory front seat, 2 way man headrest, electric 4 way lumbar support, plus manual headrest adjustment: £480
  • 12 way electric heated driver memory seat, heated rear seats, 2 way manual headrest, electric memory 4 way lumbar + manual headrest adjustment: £810
  • 14 way electric heated driver memory front seat, 2 way man headrest, ele memory fore/aft/recline/height/tilt/4 way lum, bolsters +manual headrest adj: £485
  • 14 way electric heated front and rear seats with driver memory, 2 way man headrest, electric 4 way lumbar support, bolsters plus manual headrest adj: £815
  • 14 way electric heated/cooled front and rear seats with driver memory, 2 way man headrest, electric 4 way lumbar support, bolsters + headrest adj: £1,690
  • 14 way electric heated and massage front seats with driver memory, 2 way manual headrest, electric 4 way lumbar, bolsters + manual headrest adj: £1,360
  • 14 way electric heated and massage front seats with driver memory, heated rear seats, 2 way manual headrests, electric 4 way lumbar, bolsters: £1,715
  • 14 way electric heated and cooled massage front seat with driver memory, 2 way manual headrest, electric 4 way lumbar, bolsters + manual headrest adj: £2,590
  • 8 way manual heated front seats, manual fore/aft, recline, height + manual headrest adjustment: Included
  • 8 way manual heated front seats with heated rear seats, fore/aft, recline, height + manual headrest adjustment: £330

  • 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: £1,815
  • Eucalyptus textile and ultrafabric - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way: £1,815
  • Fabric - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway: £0

  • Duo-tone grained leather - Cloud/Ebony, Cloud/Ebony colour way: £1,815
  • Duo-tone grained leather - Eclipse/Ebony, Eclipse/Ebony colour way: £1,815
  • Grained leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way: £1,815
  • Perforated Duo-tone Windsor leather - Cloud/Ebony , Cloud/Ebony colour way: £3,585
  • Perforated Duo-tone Windsor leather - Deep garnet/Ebony, Deep garnet/Ebony colour way: £3,585
  • Perforated Duo-tone Windsor leather - Eclipse/Ebony, Eclipse/Ebony colour way: £3,585
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way: £3,585

  • Kvadrat premium textile/dinamica suedecloth - Cloud, Cloud/Ebony colour way: £3,585
  • Kvadrat premium textile/dinamica suedecloth - Dapple grey/Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colour way: £3,585

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

  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5074: £1,010
  • 17" 10 spoke satin dark grey alloy wheels - Style 1005: Included
  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5074: £670
  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5075: £670
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5076: £2,010
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss mid-silver alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5076: £2,350
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 5079: £2,010
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey alloy wheels with contrast diamond turned finish - Style 5079: £2,350
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - Style 5079: £2,350

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

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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