The Range Rover Evoque was launched in the summer of 2011 to rapturous applause.
Based on the under pinning's of the Land Rover Freelander the Evoque is at the premium end of compact SUVs - and is available as a five-door or a three-door coupe, with the choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive. There are three engines available, two diesels, one petrol and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes.
We tested the five-door Evoque SD4 Prestige priced at £39,995 plus £5,880 of extras (ouch) on a family holiday to Northumberland to see whether it would cope with the tough demands of family life.Performance
The Range Rover Evoque is available with a choice of three engines, one petrol and two diesels. The diesel is available with either 150PS or 190PS both with a displacement of 2.2 litres. There is also the less popular 240PS, 2.0-litre Si4 petrol engine, which is capable of 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds.
We tested the 190PS 2.2 litre diesel engine which develops 420Nm of torque - with an official fuel consumption figure on the combined cycle of 44.1 mpg and Co2 emissions of 174 g/km.
Our test car was fitted with the six speed automatic transmission (which is soon to be replaced with a nine speed gearbox) and is controlled by a pop-up rotary control as seen on other Land Rovers. -There is a paddle shift and a sport mode - sometimes gear changes can be a little unpredictable. Top speed is 121 mph with acceleration from 0-62 mph taking a respectable 8.5 seconds.
On the road the engine is very willing if you keep the revs above 2,500 rpm, otherwise there is some lag - it could even be considered a little bit gruff from cold.
In conclusion the Range Rover Evoque's SD4 engine and automatic gearbox work very well together but the combined fuel consumption figure is a bit disappointing at a recorded 28 mpg - where the Range Rover Sport we had tested the week before was achieving around 34 mpg.
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