The latest Range Rover Evoque is a classic example of the old saying “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” and it is hardly surprising Jaguar Land Rover have taken this stance, following the success of the previous 2011 model.
This small, premium SUV is perfect if you want, a stylish-looking car with a high-tech interior and the capability to explore further off road then many of its rivals. The car comes with diesel and petrol engines ranging from 150hp to 300hp, all with automatic transmission and four-wheel drive aside from the 2.0 D150 2WD which is manual transmission and front wheel drive only.
The high tech features this car has takes driving an SUV to a new level, with three infotainment displays included in the car’s top spec model. The infotainment systems include a digital driver’s display and a centre console to control the temperature and ventilation within the vehicle with an optional heads up display can also be added.
These systems are fantastic at making your drive as comfortable as it can be as it remembers where and how you like your seat to be positioned, how warm (or not) you would like the car and even how gentle or heavy-handed you would like the massage to be from the car’s seat massage system.
The entry level car doesn’t have all of these systems but it does still contain a single 10-inch screen which has the now as-standard Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
The Range Rover Evoque also has some great aids to help you both with on and off-road driving – including Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 to help with driving in potentially hazardous off-road conditions and comes with various presets including Snow, Sand and Gravel. The car’s ability to handle most conditions has also improved such as it can now wade through water that’s up to 60cm deep which is 10cm more than the 2011 model.
For on-road a clever camera system in the front bonnet of the car will help avoid scrapes to the car on tall kerbs or narrow width restrictions. Also useful is the rear-view mirror can be “camera-linked”, allowing you to see an image fed from a camera situated behind the roof aerial which is perfect for journeys where you have rear passengers or a boot piled up with luggage. The car also has front and rear parking sensors as well as a reversing camera as standard to help squeeze into those tight parking spaces.
Overall the Range Rover Evoque is a great update on the 2011 model and is a worthy choice for a city and off-road crossover vehicle.
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