Introduction to Land Rover Driving Club: The compact and urban Evoque
No manufacturer can afford to be absent in the red-hot luxury compact crossover segment neither in Europe, nor in North America. Land Rover’s compact-sized Range Rover Evoque does perfectly fill this market segment even if it is slightly coming to ages. On the market since 2011, the Evoque debuted as a two-door vehicle first. With the following four-door version, the most compact Range could utilize the market potential more effectively.
In my humble, subjective opinion, it is one of the most beautiful compact SUV’s on the market. And in the the range-topping Autobiography Trim it offers almost everything you would expect from a luxury vehicle.
The power source is a Ford-based 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 240 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, which is available at as low as 1,750 rpm. This is not an impressive figure compared to similar SUV’s on the market. Such as: — the 300-hp BMW X3 xDrive 35i ($48,900), 340-hp Porsche Macan S ($54,300), the 354-hp Audi SQ5 ($57,400), 355-hp Mercedes GLA 45 AMG ($50,500). Considering the fact that the Tata-owned JLR Group is getting armed for a fiercer competition with the Germans, apparently more horses must be called for duty.
Not exactly so: The plus side for the Evoque is the its light weight architecture south of 1,670 kilograms, thanks to high-strength steels, aluminum hood and roof panels, polymer and composite front fenders and tailgate and more. You drive a quick, dynamic vehicle and this is usually what matters at the end of the day.
Some degree of German technology is at work: The smoothly shifting nine-speed ZF automatic transmission with an adaptive shift program to accommodate different driving styles successfully prevents any feeling of lack of performance.
After a week of week of mixed highway and suburban commuting, my average consumption was 12 liters. Considering the heavy winter conditions, this was acceptable.
If the low-end of the off-road capabilities of a Range Rover is acceptable to you and urban driving under a prestigious brand is what you prefer, the Evoque will be at least in your short-list.
Type of vehicle All-wheel drive SUV
Power 2.0, four-cylinder-gasoline-turbo engine, 240 hp with 250 lb-ft of torque
Transmission Nine-speed automatic
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Price: base/as tested $64,595 / $72,070
Destination charge $1,575
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km) city, highway
Standard features AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, ABS (anti-lock brakes), hill start assist, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors, Multifunctional Message Centre with LCD screen
Options Metallic Paint: $1,200, Sirius Satellite Radio: $450, Contrasting Coloured Roof Santorini Black: $650, Parallel Park (with Paring Exit, Perpendicular Park: $800, Adaptive Cruise Control: $1,500, Satin Brushed Aluminium: NCO, Driver Tech Package: $1,200, Destination & Delivery: $1,575, Green Tax: $100
Article: Varol McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by JLR Canada via BHG Media
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