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Range Rover Evoque Dynamic SD4 (2012)
Made in the UK, Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most affordable Range Rover.
Though it shares platform with the Land Rover Freelander 2, it has a wider track and longer wheelbase and some 90 percent of parts are new.
Based on the sensational LRX concept that wowed motor show crowds a few years back, Evoque is available as a three-door coupe and more practical five-door. In all, there are 15 variants across three models (Pure, Dynamic and Prestige) with either 2.2-litre turbo-diesel or 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engines and six-speed manual or auto transmissions.
Around town, or highway cruising, our Dynamic SD4 five-door auto made for a refined and responsive drive. There’s plenty of grunt and oomph from the 140 kW, 420 Nm turbo-diesel four, and with relatively light weight, low centre of gravity and well-sorted suspension, it lived up to its Dynamic nameplate.
The ride quality and comfort and quietness levels would do justice to a high-end saloon.
Testing fell short of claimed fuel economy and performance benchmarks, however, with the SD4 returning an average of 9.3 litres/100 km and 10.1 seconds from 0-100 km/h.
Though 22 mm lower than Freelander 2, Evoque boasts 12 mm more clearance. This, plus generous breakover, approach and departure angles (compared to other premium compact SUVs) and Land Rover’s acclaimed Terrain Response ensured our test vehicle was never found wanting off road.
Looks, dynamics, on and off road ability
Spacesaver spare wheel, pricey options
Dual-zone climate control airconditioning, glass panoramic roof, 20” wheels, leather seats, bluetooth, Meridian 380 W 11-speaker sound system
Dual front/side/curtain/(DFSC) and driver’s knee airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC), roll stability control, traction control (TC)
||Evoque Dynamic SD4
|Price when new
||$73,375 (auto) MLP
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||2.2-litre, turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
||140 kW @ 3500 rpm
||420 Nm @ 1750 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||8.5 sec (claimed)
|Braking from 80 km/h
||24.7 metres (as tested)
||6.5 litres/100 km
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.