It’s one of the most hotly-anticipated new cars of 2011, and Which? Car was among the first to try the new Range Rover Evoque.
We’ve just published our first drive of the stylish new compact off-roader, which is the smallest and most economical Range Rover to date. The Evoque is also the first Range Rover available without four-wheel drive.
One of the most notable things about the Range Rover Evoque is its eye-catching design – in fact, it has hardly changed since being revealed as the Land Rover LRX concept car in 2008.
Although the Evoque has decent off-road ability if you opt for the 4WD version, it was designed with more of a focus on urban driving. To that end, it’s shorter than a BMW 3 Series, and although headroom is slightly limited in the three-door coupé version, there is enough space for five passengers in the high-class interior.
Evoque – a trendsetter
The Evoque looks destined to be the next ‘big thing’ in motoring – meaning that it has a wide range of potential rivals including the Audi TT, BMW’s 3 Series and the Mercedes C-class Estate, as well as more direct competitors like the Audi Q5, or BMW’s X1 or X3.
Prices start from a relatively low (for a Range Rover) £29,520 for a 2.2-litre diesel hatchback model (you pay more for the three-door, as it’s more stylish). Range Rover says a cheaper £27,995 model will be released next year. We’d be surprised if prices weren’t ‘revised upwards’ before this happens, though.
Running costs could prove low, too, as CO2 emissions start from 130g/km and fuel economy of up to 58mpg is promised. But we’ll wait until we get the Evoque in the Which? Car test lab before making a judgment on that.
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