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New five-door Range Rover Evoque revealed

More luggage space and improved rear headroom

Range Rover Evoque

Five-door will have more rear headroom

A five-door version of the Range Rover Evoque has been revealed in detail ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

This more practical version of the new baby Range Rover has a similar coupé-style profile, but a slightly raised roof and extra doors for easier back seat access.

Evoque five-door in detail

The basic footprint of the Range Rover Evoque five-door is identical to the Evoque three-door – and both closely follow the exterior design of the Range Rover LRX concept car.

However, an extra 30mm of height for the five-door enhances the experience for rear-seat passengers; not only is there additional head room, the changes also increase shoulder room by over 50mm. Available luggage space is up to 1,445 litres with the split-folding rear seats stowed.

A panoramic glass sunroof keeps the interior light and airy, while a choice of leather and trim finishes completes the premium interior feel.

Range Rover Evoque

Luggage capacity is better than three-door

More efficient than a Ford Focus

As with the three-door, the five-door Evoque will be available in both front- and four-wheel-drive guises, and promises sporty handling with a refined ride.

The 4WD model should be particularly impressive with the optional MangeRide adaptive suspension system. But as the smallest, lightest Range Rover ever, it’s the Evoque’s efficiency that will really raise eyebrows.

With the 148bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, front-wheel-drive versions will emit less than 135g/km CO2 – lower emissions than a 2.0-litre turbodiesel Ford Focus (144g/km). Further engine choices are 187bhp 2.2-litre turbodiesel and 237bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol – both offered with four-wheel drive. Start-stop is fitted as standard.

Range Rover Evoque

Prices should start from around £30k

Three trim levels for Evoque

There are three Evoque trim levels: Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. Full standard equipment is still to be confirmed, but each version is intended to have its own character.

Pure features soft-touch materials in neutral colours with contrasting brushed aluminium trim. Prestige is all about luxury, with 19-inch alloy wheels, sparkling metallic interior details and lots of leather. Dynamic is more aggressive, with 20-inch alloys, tough looks outside, sports seats inside, and contrasting colours.

Technology highlights include options such as a 17-speaker 825W Meridian sound system, Park Assist that will parallel park the Evoque on your behalf, Surround Camera System, and ‘dual-view’ screen technology that allows driver and passenger to view different things on the same monitor. So the passenger can watch a DVD while the driver follows the satellite navigation, for example.

Evoque prices from £30k

The new Range Rover Evoque five-door gets its Los Angeles debut next week, and is due to go on sale in the new year.

Prices are to be confirmed, but we’re told to expect a starting point around £30,000.

The Evoque is certainly going to make life interesting for existing compact premium SUVs such as the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. Porsche is also set to enter this burgeoning market in the not too distant future, with a new model based on the Audi Q5. Mercedes’ GLK equivalent is not sold in the UK.

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