What is it?

In spite of Land Rover's off-road heritage it must meet customer demand for an SUV that does not drive all four wheels. It's expected that the majority of Range Rover Evoque buyers will opt for this 2WD version. After all, it looks the same - which is to say it grabs attention like no other rival in the class; and that concept car styling is undoubtedly one of the Evoque's biggest selling points.

It's powered by a recalibrated 2.2-litre diesel engine and the only gearbox available for now is a six-speed manual. As in all other versions the cabin manages to be inviting and stylish without resorting to gimmicks. There is one major difference here though: the lack of a series of buttons controlling the Terrain Response system. Without them the centre console does look a little bare, but only in comparison.

What's it like?

The steering is as direct, light and linear as ever and the car feels inherently agile. A weight reduction of 75kg enhances this while giving the brakes less to do on a spirited drive. Despite that, the eD4 model is the slowest in the range. The numbers say it has a little less torque than the 4WD version, but it still pulls well - and there's no effect on the impressive refinement. The payback is Co2 emissions of just 129g/km and 57.6mpg economy - improvements of 20g/km and eight mpg respectively.

We tested the 2WD version back-to-back with the 4WD Evoque on a series of tasks ranging from climbing a steep hill on mixed grip levels to an emergency lane change on ice. The four-wheel drive car boasts a wider breadth of capabilities and proved more competent in all disciplines, but not by as wide a margin as you might expect.

Should I buy one?

The 2WD model copes with much more than an average road-biased car in the same price bracket would. Most owners won't test its limits while appreciating everything that makes the Evoque such a desirable proposition. Company buyers will really value the emissions reduction.

-Shane O' Donoghue

Range Rover Evoque 2.2 eD4 Prestige 2WD

Price: £36,625; Top speed: 112mph; 0-62mph: 11.2sec; Economy: 57.6mpg; CO2: 129g/km; Kerbweight: 1595kg; Engine type, cc: 4cyl, 2179cc, turbodiesel; Power: 148bhp at 3500 - 4000rpm; Torque: 280lb ft at 1750 - 2500rpm; Gearbox: six-speed manual

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Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

"Price: £36,625"

For a 2wd? In a recession?


Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

Sure. After all it grabs attention like no other car in this class. And has a Range Rover badge. Job done then for most buyers.

Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

jamesf1 wrote:
And has a Range Rover badge.

To me the badge says 'unreliability' just as much as it says 'off-road ability'

Adore the styling though, and I was briefly interested until I saw the price. Looks like I'll go for a much cheaper BMW - not often one gets to say that...


Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

Nearly 37grand for a car that does 112mph tops, 0-62mph in 11.2sec and struggles to fit 4 average sized people? Seriously?

Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

Overdrive wrote:
Nearly 37grand for a car that does 112mph tops, 0-62mph in 11.2sec and struggles to fit 4 average sized people? Seriously?

Just goes to show how much people will pay for an SUV with a premium badge (never mind the ageing Ford oily bits underneath). Nonsense.

You can get a well-spec'd BMW 520d Touring for the same money - a more comfortable, dynamic and sophisticated proposition by far.

Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

Johnny English wrote:

"Price: £36,625"

For a 2wd? In a recession?

Wait for 18-24 months until those first keen-to-impress owners realise that it is too cramped and buy one then at a big discount, they'll also have had all the faults fixed by then.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

Johnny English wrote:
To me the badge says 'unreliability' just as much as it says 'off-road ability'

me too but to a lot of people it says - look at how well im doing or I drive what premiership playes drive.

Ford Kuga underneath. But look at the badge - vanity and image is all for this car. Capabality, substance, engineering - matters not a jot to most prospective buyers. In fact the price to pay is probably part of the appeal.

Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

Why is this car so slow? It has the same power, more torque and less weight than my CR-V but is significantly slower - unless it's geared for economy? The economy and emissions figures are extremely good for a car of this type but it seems that's all there is going for it, personally.

I suspect punters after the eD4 2WD will end up in the more reasonable (and £8k cheaper) Pure 5-dr spec.


Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

how much!?

Re: Range Rover Evoque eD4 2WD

2 years 41 weeks ago

Wow, the jealousy is positively overflowing today. Yeah, yeah, I know, none of you are jealous...

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Our Verdict

The Range Rover Evoque draws heavily on style as a selling point, but also possesses the substance to back it up

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