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2017 Range Rover Evoque 2.0 diesel review, test drive
Jun 13, 2017 by Gavin D'Souza
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  • Make Range Rover
  • Model Evoque



Another year, another Evoque update, this time with the new 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel motor.

What is it?

It's the Evoque, the baby SUV that first brought a dose of fashion and style into the previously rather serious-looking Land Rover and Range Rover line-ups. And it's the reason all the models since look as good as they do. But, being a Range Rover, it's not just about the style; it has to be properly luxurious and capable off road too. The style was given a shot in the arm with a facelift last year, but this 2017 update changes one big item under the skin – the motor. Gone is the aged 2.2-litre, four-cylinder motor and in its place is the new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder motor from JLR's modular 'Ingenium' family; the same one that made its debut on the Jaguar XF last year. It also now brings a fuel-saving engine stop-start system to the Evoque.

There's a new SE Dynamic variant too, which gives you mid-level equipment with the sportier body kit that was thus far the preserve of the top-spec HSE trim. The one we are testing is the less-sporty but fully-luxurious standard HSE trim. And gizmo geeks will be happy to know the Evoque has finally been upgraded to Jaguar's latest InControl Touch Pro infotainment interface. It's done away with the physical shortcut buttons on the sides of the screen, and that space has been used to stretch the screen area to a full 10 inches. The interface itself, too, is much slicker to operate, with the smoothness and responsiveness we've come to expect from modern-day tablets and smartphones. The system includes navigation, native connectivity apps and a very clever menu system, but doesn't feature smartphone integration like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Other than that, it's the same sumptuous interior as before, and one befitting the Range Rover badge. There's obviously far less room in here than the similarly priced Land Rover Discovery Sport, but you can tell instantly that your money is being spent on higher-quality materials and far plusher seats. And of course, those looks.


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Technical Specifications

Engine

Fuel: Diesel
 
Type: 1999cc, 4-cylinder, turbocharged
 
Power: 180hp at 4000rpm
 
Torque: 430Nm at 1750-2500rpm

Transmission

Type: Four-wheel drive
 
Gearbox: 9-speed automatic

Dimensions

Length: 4360mm
 
Width: 2085mm
 
Height: 1635mm
 
Wheel base: 2660mm


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