If James Bond wanted to swap out his Aston Martin for a 4 x 4 then the new Land Rover Evoque would surely be his highly on his shopping list. With more than 20,000 forward orders from consumers that hadn’t even seen or driven it, it’s fair to say Land Rover has hit the jackpot with the new Evoque.
The new Evoque has met been with a rapturous reception and oozes luxury and comfort with an interior which includes premium leather upholstery and a state of the art centre console design in keeping with the rest of the car. Design is kept minimal and this is helped with the addition of a high definition touchscreen for all major controls. This offers dual vision, meaning whilst the driver is negotiating his way to their destination using the onboard satnav, the passenger can be watching the television with the provided headset of course.
All round visibility is excellent considering how small the windows are and with the panoramic sunroof adding extra light the interior is a pleasant place to spend time. The Automatic versions feature a rotary gearshift in the form of a round button that according to the manufacturer notes pops up to give the driver a ‘handshake’. This is a little gimmicky, and not really in keeping with the rest of the car.
The cars handling as you would expect from such heritage is excellent and certainly lives up to its 4 x 4 status. The TRS (Terrain Response System) looks for any changes in road conditions and adjusts the suspension set up accordingly, this is managed particularly well in all conditions including even more difficult terrain such as snow and sand.
The Evoque is available as a Coupe or more traditional five-door. Each variant comes in three trim levels – Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. With contemporary exterior styling, high wheel arches, and small windows, married perfectly to cat’s eye headlights which appear to glare aggressively thanks in part to the daylight running lights that feature this is a car that turn heads.
Whenever you think of a 4×4, fuel consumption is always a consideration, however the engine choices for the Evoque offer the best economy of any Range Rover to date. The diesel engine versions will average 44.1mpg and the petrol 32.4mpg. Coming in early 2012 is a two-wheel-drive version codenamed eD4 model, which should be offer 58mpg.
Engine wise, there are two options of diesels available, a 2.2 litre turbo TD4 diesel version with 148bhp on top or the more powerful 187bhp SD4. The SD4 also has the option of a six-speed automatic with paddle shifts if wanted. The turbocharged petrol engine is a two litre 237bhp that comes in automatic form.
Five people can fit in comfort in the car with luggage to suit, and with prices starting from £27,995 and the coupe starting at £28,950 it is no wonder interest has been so positive from the press and potential buyers alike.
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