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Model tested:
2019 Range Rover Evoque D240 – as driven by Tim Barnes-Clay

Combined mpg:
45.6

Engine:
2.0-litre 4cyl turbo diesel

Fuel tank capacity:
65 litres

Seating capacity:
5 seats

Max speed:
140mph
0-60mph: 7.2 secs

CO2:
163g/km

Price from: £38,600

Words: Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist – tweeting @carwriteups

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Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of over 772,096 the new Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original. Combining Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology – designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain – it meets the needs of today’s customers.

The outstanding volume and proportions are amplified by its pronounced shoulders and powerful wheelarches that, alongside new 21-inch wheels, combine to create a strong and dynamic attitude.

Inside, the finely crafted design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with curated materials to create a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin. It is designed to be a calm and serene space, ensuring comfortable and happy occupants, with technologies such as the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system,16-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation that complement the increased interior space.

The footprint is almost identical, yet built on Land Rover’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs.

The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered soon. Available across the range (when specified with an automatic gearbox) of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines, the mild hybrid delivers low CO2 emissions and excellent fuel economy.

Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. The new Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility.

The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition.

The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain.

Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to the UK car industry continues following a £1 billion investment to support its creation and delivery. This includes £110 million into the company’s UK manufacturing plant in Halewood, Merseyside, to develop the state-of-the-art flexible manufacturing facility.

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