Geoff Maxted
By Geoff Maxted

The popular Evoque model from Land Rover has been to date one of their most successful models with nearly 800,000 sold globally. It delivers the promise of Range Rover allure but in a compact SUV form that features refined modernity and sophistication inside and out, as can be seen in our images.

The Latest Model

Following the launch of the P300e plug-in hybrid earlier this year, additional new engine options are now available for the Evoque; two updated, efficient next-generation four-cylinder ‘Ingenium’ diesel engines which both feature Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology.

As is usual with this technology, the system uses a belt-driven starter motor and battery pack. MHEV vehicles harvest energy normally lost under deceleration and this energy is fed back into the vehicle’s 48volt battery to boost performance and deliver enhanced fuel economy.

Available in 162bhp (165PS) and 197bhp (200PS) outputs, these engines are more powerful than previously while still improving CO² emissions and the all-important fuel economy. Petrol fans need not be concerned because there remains a wide selection of additional petrol engines to choose from with P200 (PS), P250 and P300 options, all fitted with MHEV technology, in line with the brand’s stated electrification plans.

New Range Rover Evoque Front Cabin
Range Rover Evoque interior

On The Inside

Here at MHH International we love the new minimalist interior. There’s a significant uplift in cabin quality and sophistication with yet more touches inspired by the Velar model, such as the pair of 10” touchscreens. The dashboard is 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 for drivers more used to conventional controls. We all have to learn technology as we go these days.

Whatever, the Evoque certainly feels sumptuous inside with a choice of trims from leather, faux suede, a new woollen option and, interestingly, a new eucalyptus-derived textile, highlighting the company’s environmental credentials.

As the cabin is so advanced Land Rover have chosen to debut a couple of new features in this 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 an over-filled boot (trunk) is cluttering up the rear view.

Digital Driving

The digital experience inside the Evoque has also been transformed with the introduction of Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Pivi infotainment system which is, they say, ready to go as soon as it’s switched on. A separate ‘data plan’ and battery mean there’s no delay. Software updates are available over-the-air via the vehicle’s embedded data connection at no cost, and can even be scheduled at a time to suit. Thus customers are assured that they will always have the latest maps, apps and vehicle features without having to visit a dealer. The system is enabled by a new ‘Electrical Vehicle Architecture’ and is available as either standard Pivi, or Pivi Pro from the S-specification model onwards.

Streaming music and media has never been simpler. Spotify is integrated directly within the infotainment menu for the first time along with Bluetooth connectivity for two phones at once. There’s also wireless device charging with signal-boosting option. In some global markets a new second-generation Activity Key is also available, allowing owners to unlock any door, lock or even start the vehicle, just by being nearby.

Range Rover Evoque Digital controls
Range Rover Evoque Rear

Other technology updates include a comprehensive suite of new Advanced Driver Assistance features for the Evoque, which achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating for safety. The new Rear Collision Monitor uses radar to constantly monitor the vehicle’s back end, meaning the vehicle is primed to reduce the severity of an impact for the occupants, while the introduction of a 3D Surround Camera lets the driver see what’s happening around the vehicle at speeds of up to 19mph, making parking, manoeuvring and even navigating difficult terrain simpler than ever. The Range Rover Evoque is now available to order priced from £32,100 at base level in the UK. Why not get in touch with us about this or any other Range Rover vehicles.

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