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Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV Review Video
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At a glance

New price £36,330 - £55,580
Lease from new From £402 p/m View lease deals
Used price £22,560 - £51,190
Fuel Economy 29.3 - 141.0 mpg
Road tax cost £150 - £475
Insurance group 25 - 40 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Stylish inside and out, appealing to owners of first-gen car
  • Comfortable, refined and very grown-up feeling
  • Plug-in hybrid version adds massive appeal
  • Still our favourite premium SUV, but it's expensive

CONS

  • Like the last Evoque, it's costly when loaded
  • Is the styling too derivative?
  • We've lost the stylish three-door coupe version
  • Avoid the petrol models if fuel costs matter to you

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Written by Keith Adams on

At first sight, Land Rover's popular Range Rover Evoque looks reassuringly familiar. And with very good reason – during its seven-year life, the old Evoque was a huge success, bringing its premium image to a new market sector. More than 750,000 have been sold worldwide.

The cars that followed the Evoque, from the current Range Rover Sport to the Range Rover Velar, have all in one way or another, been influenced by the design and marketing of it, as the company is catapulted to the leading edge of the premium SUV market.

Evolutionary styling inside and out

The Evoque is a careful, measured evolution of the old model. And this is a very deliberate strategy from Land Rover: it will continue to attract new buyers who were wowed by the desirabilty of the original, without making existing customers feel outdated with an SUV packing a design stuck in the early 2010s.

The family look begins with the Range Rover Velar-aping matrix LED headlamps and elongated tail lights, which are bisected by the tailgate. There’s also a dash of street theatre courtesy of the pop-out door handles, which debuted on the Velar.

Although the new Range Rover Evoque takes up almost the same amount of space on the road as the old model, its underpinnings are all-new and more space-efficient, able to accept electrification of the engine options.

What's it like inside?

There’s a significant uplift in the cabin’s quality and glamour with yet more Velar-inspired touches, such as the pair of 10.0-inch touchscreens. It’s clean and uncluttered, but with so few knobs and buttons, prodding different parts of the screen to control things will take some getting used to when driving. It feels sumptuous inside the Evoque with a choice of leather trim, faux suede, a woollen option and a new eucalyptus-derived textile.

For such a high-tech cabin, Land Rover’s chosen to debut a couple of new showcase features in the new Range Rover Evoque. Called ClearSight, at the touch of a button the rear-view mirror converts into a display screen for a camera mounted at the rear – perfect if your rear seat passengers or stuff in the boot is cluttering up your view.

The other is grandly titled Ground View Technology, which projects a 180-degree under-vehicle view from the front of the Evoque, making it easier to avoid kerbing wheels in tight city car parks or boulders when off-roading.

What engines are available?

Under the bonnet, there have been changes, although all are still powered – for now – by Jaguar Land Rover's Ingenium range of petrol and diesel engines. There are 2.0-litre engines of both varieties are available, all with automatic transmissions, barring the entry-level front-wheel drive 150hp diesel which has a manual gearbox.

The most interesting development is the use of a new 48-volt mild hybrid (MHEV) system, which is fitted to all of the automatic models. This is used to recover braking energy, which is stored in a battery to use for low-speed driving and to boost performance when accelerating.

The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version, known as the P300e, is available to order, with deliveries starting later in the summer of 2020. It's powered by a new three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine with 200hp combined with a 109hp electric motor at the rear to develop a total of 309hp. Although it's quick, Land Rover says the main advantage of this car is up to 41 miles of EV-only running, 32g/km of CO2 and a combined fuel consumption of up to 201.8mpg. We'll know more when we get to drive one later in 2020.

How much does it cost to buy or lease?

Trim levels are Land Rover’s familiar S, SE and HSE arrangement with sportier R-Dynamic versions of each, plus a special First Edition to celebrate the launch. Prices start at £31,600 for a manual D150 S version. Orders can be placed now, and cars are now appearing on the roads now.

Despite having recently hit the market, the Range Rover Evoque is already looking like cracking value on personal leasing deals – a fact you can put down to high predicted resale values. Monthly Evoque prices start from £402.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the Range Rover Evoque including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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