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.