It was not really easy to make a case for the Range Rover Evoque to be your next car last year – it was stylish, yes, but it was among the least fuel efficient cars in its class due in large part to the six-speed automatic gearbox that kept the engine ticking over far too highly.
Thankfully, Range Rover have now changed the gearbox, as well as a few other things. The result? It is now easy to make a case for the Range Rover Evoque as your next car.
You’d be hard pushed to tell that 2014 Evoque apart from the 2013 version. Aside from some new alloy wheels and an altered badge, the Evoque remains the same. That’s a good thing however as this cars striking looks put many other cars on the road to shame.
It is this style that has helped Range Rover ship over 180,000 Evoque’s worldwide.
The biggest changes to the Evoque come internally. The six-speed automatic has been replaced with a nine-speed automatic, and this changes the driving experience dramatically. The car now has more gears to play with and the car sits comfortably at 30 mph in fifth. Plant to the throttle, and the car will drop down to third or second depending on your engine choice. The aim of the nine-speed gearbox is to cut emissions and increase economy. To this end, it succeeds. The top specification 2.0-litre petrol turbo will return 36.2 miles per gallon with a CO2 output of 193 g/km.
The most impressive of the engine and gearbox match ups is with the 2.2-litre turbo diesel SD4 though, which will return an excellent 47.1 miles per gallon combined with a CO2 output of 159 g/km.
The SD4 Prestige Lux is the version that I recommend. This has an on-the-road price of £44,655, which makes it among the most expensive versions, but it benefits from 20-inch alloys, terrain response, satellite navigation, full leather, heated seats, dual zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB, plus much more. If you like to build not buy, then the cheapest Evoque is the eD4 150 Pure, but this lacks 4WD and it is therefore less versatile and will suffer from worse residuals than a 4WD Range Rover.
We think that most buyers would benefit the most from a 4WD version “Prices for 4WD Evoque’s start from £31,000. The extra versatility the intelligent terrain response system gives is value for money, giving the driver confidence in the bends and during bad weather.”