The formula for the Range Rover Evoque seems so obvious now: make a car that has all the desirability of a Range Rover, with a beautiful interior and the styling turned up to 11, yet at a more affordable price.

It wasn’t so clear-cut at the start, given that the concept version that preceded the Evoque was called Land Rover LRX. But when it arrived it all made sense.

The Evoque – offered as a five-door or a striking three-door whose looks befit its coupé tag – is an SUV right at the premium end of the compact 4x4 market.

It is powered by turbocharged four-cylinder engines and, at the bottom of the range, runs with a price of just under £30k. The meat of the range is closer to £40k before you start adding options.

Front drive is available. So, too, are manual gearboxes, a petrol engine and a host of trim, styling and refinement features aching to take the price of a Range Rover Evoque towards £50k.

To find out if it is worth that – or any – kind of money is our purpose.

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