From £29,020
Lower-powered TD4 diesel model proves that you don’t need flagship spec to get a great Evoque

Our Verdict

Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is available as a three-door, pictured here, or a five-door

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

30 July 2011

What is it?

We've tested the top Evoques, the 187bhp SD4 turbodiesel and the 237bhp Si4, and we rate them highly. But most buyers will opt for a humbler turbodiesel, either the entry-level eD4 with front-wheel drive or the TD4.

This diesel makes 148bhp and, predictably, less torque than the 310lb ft that the SD4 offers. The eD4, tuned for CO2 as low as 129g/km, produces 280lb ft, while the TD4 ups that to 295lb ft which, together with the extra pair of driven wheels, brings CO2 up to 149g/km. That's for the six-speed manual; opting for the six-speed Aisin-Warner auto raises it to 174g/km in the five-door, 169g/km in the three-door, figures identical to those scored by the auto-only SD4 despite the latter's beefier outputs.

Confused yet? What's clear is that the most tax-efficient way of owning a four-wheel drive Evoque is to have a manual TD4 as featured here. You can't combine this with Dynamic trim, leaving Pure and Prestige to choose from, but you can add MagneRide adaptive dampers as a separate option as fitted to our five-door test car.

What’s it like?

Dramatic as the three-door 'coupé' looks, the five-door is the more practical machine with more rear headroom and a better view aft thanks to a roofline which slopes downwards less dramatically towards the tail. It also costs £1000 less, suggesting a very healthy profit margin for the coupé with its fewer components, and it still looks pretty striking.

Maybe the less power-sapping manual transmission helps the feeling, but this TD4 feels just as lively out on the road as an SD4. The engine pulls with vigour and no detectable harshness from low speeds, gives ample overtaking punch and it cruises quietly. The shift is light and precise, and the clutch is smoothly progressive which helps when tackling tricky off-road hazards.

Should I buy one?

The MagneRide suspension has off-road benefits too, even if the on-road gains are less clear-cut. With Terrain Response set to an off-road programme, MagneRide loosens the dampers right off to give a fine ride over bad bumps. It's the perfect solution.

John Simister

Range Rover Evoque TD4 Prestige 5dr

Price: from £36,380; Top speed: 115mph; 0-62mph: 10.8sec; Economy: 49.6mpg; CO2: 149g/km; Kerb weight: 1700kg; Engine: 4cyl, 2179cc, turbodiesel; Power: 148bhp at 4000rpm; Torque: 295lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd manual or auto

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2 August 2011

Control C, Click new window, Control V. review complete.

Autocar stop this insanity or are you actually going to review (?) all 3,482 variants in the range.

2 August 2011

So to sum up for 15k less you will be able to get a Mazda CX5 that will do everything better than this apart from looking good on your drive .

Who said there was logic to car buying !

2 August 2011

[quote audiolab]

Control C, Click new window, Control V. review complete.

Autocar stop this insanity or are you actually going to review (?) all 3,482 variants in the range.

[/quote]

+1

This vehicle has become exceedingly tedious, summarised as

"Cut down Freelander at inflated prices"

2 August 2011

Actually I was very pleased to be able to read that the lower-spec versions still drive well and give the same fee-good factor. Lower priced version with a maller engine, lower spec, 5-doors and reasonable CO2 but still with 4WD must make this one just about the sweet spot in the range if you want an Evoque for more than just posing in.

3 August 2011

[quote Old Toad]So to sum up for 15k less you will be able to get a Mazda CX5 that will do everything better than this apart from looking good on your drive .[/quote]

Also apart from:

1. Going properly off-road

2. Putting a smile on your child (My Dad's got a Range Rover vs. My Dad's got a light bulb)

3. Holding resale value? Too soon to say I suppose.

You're right, car buying isn't logical, but it never was. In most walks of life people with lots of money are offered the opportunity to enjoy the diminishing returns that higher priced products generally give you. That's why they buy pricey clothes, live in unnecessarily large houses, have giant TVs, wear bejewelled watches etc etc. There's nothing new here.

3 August 2011

275not599

My comment was deliberately provocative but attempting to be humourous too continuing that theme.......

Any kid getting out the back of the Evoque might be too car sick to smile have a look at those rear windows .

The Mazda could well be likened to a long life light bulb boring but it will go on and on and on... the Rangie will soon blow out .

Horses for courses of course .

To be fair I have driven neither car and was just having some fun .

Oh and can you have a logical word with my missus about handbags . Far too many bleeding expensive ones around here . 8 ^ ((

3 August 2011

[quote 275not599]1. Going properly off-road[/quote]

If you go around with a spare set of tyres. Otherwise it is as much use as a chocolate fire guard.

3 August 2011

[quote 275not599]2. Putting a smile on your child (My Dad's got a Range Rover vs. My Dad's got a light bulb)[/quote]

Crikey, if that's what my child found important I'd go and weep in a darkened room knowing I'd failed them and myself.


3 August 2011

[quote bomb]

[quote 275not599]2. Putting a smile on your child (My Dad's got a Range Rover vs. My Dad's got a light bulb)[/quote]

Crikey, if that's what my child found important I'd go and weep in a darkened room knowing I'd failed them and myself.

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+1

Debatable which ones looks best on the drive. Offroad? c'mon if you ever see an Evoque off road it will probably be unintentional because the gearbox broke. At least then with those poky side portholes your kids won't be embarrassed as people stare whilst waiting the AA.

3 August 2011

[quote audiolab]Autocar stop this insanity or are you actually going to review (?) all 3,482 variants in the range.[/quote] They've barely started. Next there will be endless comparison tests with other cars, then the long term "Living with the Evoque" tests. We can then look forward to the expose's on Evoque unreliability followed by "All you need to know about buying a used Evoque". I agree, it's too much even for someone like me who's buying one.

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