Range Rover Evoque

D180 First Edition

Range Rover Evoque, 2019, front, action
Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, rear, action
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, side, action
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, interior
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, front, off road
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, front, off road, static
Range Rover Evoque, front
Range Rover Evoque, rear

'IF it ain't broke don't fix it' is often a good maxim to stick to and the bosses at Land Rover certainly took it to heart when it came to creating the second-generation Range Rover Evoque.

Launched in 2011, the original Evoque was the vehicle which propelled Land Rover sales into the stratosphere.

It totally hit the spot when it came to delivering a stylish and sought-after crossover.

So, even though its successor is an all-new car in every respect it doesn't really look that different.

Subtle differences would be more noticeable if you were to line-up both generations side by side but the basic design blueprint remains a constant.

The original Evoque aged well it has to be said, a sure indication that its designers had really hit the spot.

The second generation model combines enough of the old and enough of the new to ensure it should follow suit.

While the basic shape is instantly recognisable some Velar inspired touches give this Evoque a fresh feel and bring it bang up to date.

The slanted headlights and the pop-out door handles are perhaps the most obvious indicators of this influence but it is also evident on the inside, most notably with the twin-screen set-up which comes with SE and above models.

It really looks the part - the height of interior ergonomic sophistication - and features a 10in touchscreen that sits directly below the main infotainment screen.

The angle of the main 10in screen can also be adjusted to improve visibility.

The latest Evoque's cabin is larger than its predecessor, though it should be added it still isn't exactly cavernous.

The wheelbase has been lengthened by 20mm, creating a little more legroom for rear seat passengers and additional boot space.

A high driving position helps create a big car feel and offers a commanding view of the road.

Rear visibility is slightly restrictive given the Evoque's sloping design but all models come with front rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.

Fit and finish and switchgear and instrumentation look and feel suitably plush and premium throughout.

Ride quality is impressive and the handling that helped the Evoque feel special first time around is also retained. It has a sporty enough feel and takes bends nicely, even with the requisite amount of roll.

However back then the Evoque had few if any rivals and it has more than a few to contend with now in the shape of the Audi Q3, BMW X2 and Volvo XC40 and more besides.

It's fair to say it still has that style cachet that sets it apart though - even from premium rivals.

It also has its enviable off-roading pedigree, which again is exemplary - though it's doubtful whether too many people will actually venture off-road in their Evoques.

For those who do Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system works automatically to adjust to different surfaces and it also has impressive ground clearance for a vehicle in its class.

The engine options in the latest Evoque are relatively straightforward.

There are just 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel units but varying power outputs for both are offered.

All four-wheel drive variants come with mild hybrid technology.

There's an entry-level 148bhp D150 diesel which is a capable enough performer but this car was fitted with the 178bhp D180 and is tipped to be the biggest seller.

A higher powered 237bhp D240 is also available.

Overall the latest Evoque looks set to continue the success of its predecessor.

FAST FACTS

Range Rover Evoque D180 First Edition

Price: £48,550

Mechanical: 178bhp, 1,998cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving four wheels via automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 128mph

0-62mph: 9.3 seconds

Combined MPG: 49.6

Insurance Group: 29

C02 emissions: 150g/km

Bik rating: 37%

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

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