March 23, 2012

Range Rover Evoque SD4 2.2 Dynamic Coupe

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Yummy mummy must-have or a worthy baby Range Rover?

The Range Rover Evoque deserves your close attention, whether you’d ever actually be seen dead in one or not. This is an important car for Jaguar-Land Rover, for the industry – for British design and manufacturing.

So it’s satisfying to hear that it’s actually pretty damned good. You’ll likely have already made your mind up whether or not such cars – or maybe the stereotypical driver thereof – are a good thing or not, but if there’s one thing the Evoque will succeed at regardless it’s grabbing your attention. With that in mind you will also need the best cover for this prestige vehicle and this can be obtained from our Range Rover Evoque insurance.

This is a stand-out car and, excitement of the new or not, really sets itself apart as something different. Too much car design is about clinging onto past glories but the Evoque manages to, er, evoke the traditions of Land Rover and Range Rover while distilling them into a thoroughly forward-looking design.

The interior is great too. Like the exterior it’s modern, brimming with confidence and feels solid in all the right places. It’s clearly built to a tighter budget than, say, an Audi (plucking a not entirely random benchmark by which all interiors must be compared, by law) but disguises the fact well and has a pleasing chunkiness. Indeed, confidence is a vibe that pervades the Evoque from front to back and it’s a delight to experience.

Our 190hp SD4 test car (there’s a 150hp TD4 too) was gruff and workmanlike but impressively frugal, recording mid 40s on the commute to PH Towers according to the trip. Whether or not there’s the room under the bonnet for something more feisty or the inclination to fit it remains to be seen but the 240hp petrol Si4 is perhaps the more PH-worthy choice. A theory we look forward to putting to the test soon.

You don’t have to like what the Evoque stands for. But you can be proud that British design and engineering have themselves such an exciting platform. Yes, it’s pricey. Yes, it’s compromised practically. But you just know they’ll sell ’em by the truckload here and abroad. And that’s something we can be proud of.

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Many thanks to Pistonheads for allowing us to use the above – the full article can be found here.