Range Rover Evoque

P200 SE

Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover Evoque, front
Range Rover Evoque, rear
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, front, action
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, side, action
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, rear, action
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, interior
Range Rover Evoque, 2019, Clear Sight view

SINCE its ground-breaking launch in 2011, the Evoque has been a resounding success for Jaguar Land Rover so, despite its recent makeover, it's no wonder the designers have taken an ‘if it isn't broke don't fix it approach'.

The latest Evoque looks very much like its predecessor but a little bit more ‘masculine'. It takes inspiration from its Rnage Rover Velar sibling, with similar headlights, taillights and smoothed-off flanks with smart recessed door handles.

It's available with a range of diesel and petrol engines as well as a plug-in hybrid, but the entry point into petrol Evoque ownership is the P200.

All petrol models come with four-wheel drive and a smooth nine-speed automatic.

As you'd expect from a Range Rover, the interior is luxurious and cosseting, its distinctive cabin defined by premium quality materials, clean surface treatments.

The driver and passenger get extremely comfortable, 14-way electrically adjustable heated seats, and soft-touch, deeply-padded surfaces give the door casing's exceptional tactility.

In-car technology is modern and excellent, the SE trim benefiting from Touch Pro Duo, Land Rover's clear and easy to use dual-screen infotainment system. There's also dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, internet connectivity, smartphone mirroring, a premium Meridian sound system, and satnav, which benefits from dead-reckoning functionality that accurately positions the vehicle even when GPS signals can no longer be received.

TheEvoque received a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, which will please family users. Safety kit includes an intrusion sensor, child locks, six airbags and a deployable bonnet. The SE model also comes with park assist, a 360-degree camera, rear traffic monitor, clear exit monitor.

There's also a full suite of advanced assistance features including cruise control with speed limiter, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assist and driver condition monitor.

The latest model has a slightly longer wheelbase than its predecessor but, while there's enough space to sit one six-footer behind another, rear leg-room is a little tight. The sloping roofline will also make anyone over six feet tall feel a little cramped.

The sloping roofline and narrow rear window does hit rearward visibility too, which makes JLR's optional £315 ClearSight mirror a must. This uses a wide-angle rear camera to feed images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror; unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen. It takes a little getting used to, but once you've cracked it, it becomes almost indispensable.

With its compliant suspension, the Evoque's ride quality is excellent and it comes into its own on the motorway - a proper luxury cruiser. You can throw it around on twisting country roads should you wish, but there a bit of body roll and it's not really what the Evoque has been engineered for.

Of course, what it has been engineered for is off-roading, which like all Land Rover models it is outstanding at, with class-leading approach, breakover and departure angles, a wading depth of 500mm and a suite of advanced all-terrain technologies.

It is a true ‘go anywhere' vehicle and Land Rover's Terrain Response 2 system, which automatically adjusts the Evoque's behaviour to suit the conditions at hand, means your granny could drive it up Snowdon.

The 197bhp, 2.0-litre engine officially returns 30.7mpg and, I did achieve as high as 27.5mpg though, overall it averaged a more disappointing 23.4mpg.

FAST FACTS

Range Rover Evoque P200 SE

Price:£42,600

Mechanical: 197bhp, 1,997cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving four wheels via 9-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed:134mph

0-62mph: 8.5 seconds

Combined MPG:30.7

Insurance Group:26

C02 emissions: 176g/km

Bik rating: 37%

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