To the difference of the statistics, the numbers don’t lie. Product to more than 800 000 copies since its launch in 2011, the Range Rover Evoque is an undeniable success for its manufacturer, it provides about a third of its global sales,. In France, he cracked 36 000 purchasers, and represents 40% of brand sales in the Hexagon. Its inevitable renewal was therefore a gamble at high risk: it is always dangerous to attack a winning formula.

The british label has won this tricky part. His aesthetic is so specific is its prime asset in the eyes of most of its buyers. It has been preserved. The firm has preferred to modernize its lines rather than the remake. “ When it was unveiled, in 2010, the Evoque has changed the face of the world of the compact SUV. The new model could not continue in that direction , ” says Gerry McGovern, the design director and the creation of Land Rover. The Evoque has retained its unique look, characterized by a roof fall, joining a beltline that rises in a gentle slope to the rear. His forms are also clean. Body two-door disappears. The flanks, become more smooth, integrated handles, retractable, similar to those of its big brother Velar.

The “Clear Sight ” Ground View” , or “transparent cover”, re-transmits on one of two screens central the state of the road under the vehicle. A good ally on the bad pitches. Nick Dimbleby

Roof light

This closeness continues to the interior with a dramatic instrument panel with three screens (if you opt for the dials and digital), taken directly from the Velar. The many touch-screen controls placed in the center of the center console give a little the feeling to fly an Airbus of the road. As on the Toyota RAV4, the rear-view mirror is a screen connected to a camera. By a simple pressure on a button, the refractory will go back to the traditional mirror. Another camera, set this time in the car, re-transmits on one of two screens central the state of the road under the vehicle. The “transparent cover” is a good ally on the bad pitches.

the quality of The materials and the dockings of the furniture edge, sometimes open to criticism on the old version, to join the standard of the great Range. Despite a window area smaller at the rear, the cabin does not lack clarity, becoming very bright if one retains the option panoramic roof (1 482 € fixed, 1 997 € opening). The ergonomics, without equaling that of a German, is satisfactory. The car has a nice width for his category (1, 90 m, and 1, 43 m to the shoulders to the front), and the space will not lack edge. At 591 litres, the boot has seen its volume grow by 10%.

The many touch-screen controls placed in the center of the center console give a little the feeling to fly an Airbus of the road. The visor housing the instrumentation is a little bit too massive. Range Rover.

Platform “electric”

The new platform Premium-Transverse Architecture (PTA) has been designed for the electrification of the vehicle. Pending a solution the plug-in hybrids (“plug-in”), which should arrive next year, the Evoque is just a mild hybrid on all engines. It adopts the technology of 48 V is supposed to lower consumption (6% maximum) and CO2 (8 g per kilometre). We have tested the SUV English with two engines “Ingenium” each 2 litres of engine capacity, petrol (249 hp) and diesel (240 hp).

We have strongly preferred the diesel, which “takes” the better the car from low revs, arguing the quiet force of its torque of 500 Nm versus 365 Nm for the gasoline engine. The latter does not demerit, however, not. Silent, low vibrating, it mounts happily in the towers. But he drinks like a hole. On roads Greek demanding, it is true, a few reminders, we have consumed more than 16 litres of lead-free per 100 kilometers, and yet a good dozen with the diesel. Figures of another era. If the hybridization is effective to reduce the tax burden created by our skilled technocrats, it quickly shows its limits in real life.

591 litres, the boot has seen its volume grow by 10%. Range Rover.

Suspension to any test

From where comes this beautiful appetite? The Evoque is not a feather weight: 1 880 kg equipped with this big diesel (and even 1 955 kg according to european standards). It does not appear to be especially late, and also has a nice size in a matter of tyres. Result: the range undergoes a strong penalty (7 340 € for our gasoline engine 249 hp, 3 660 € for our diesel (240 hp). Dealers will make an effort to lessen it. Forget this eating skill to refocus on the strong point of this machine: its remarkable chassis.

Despite its high mass, the Evoque, without having the agility of a sedan, there is a certain liveliness to commands, which is higher than the previous model. The steering, well weighted, has a lot to do, just like the suspension, adaptive (option 1 155 €), which reacts in a few milliseconds. Bumps, dips, filtrations of small irregularities of the road, the comfort is top level in all situations. The automatic transmission 9 reports participates by its softness to the good atmosphere in general. But a programming offset sometimes makes his erratic behavior.

once out of the asphalt, this Range changes face and becomes a Land. The multiple programmes and aid which he has allows him to adjust subtly to its capacities of crossing in relation to the land on which it operates. Climbs, descents, slopes, mud, sand, it then pulls all of the situations with the phlegm that is suitable for a elegant gentleman from across the Channel.

A camera placed at the rear ensures excellent rear view on a color screen. By a simple pressure on a button, the refractory will go back to the traditional mirror. Nick Dimbleby

OUR OPINION

Improved in its details (” we have not retained that the hinges of the doors “), the Evoque us is much more upscale. At its launch, in 2011, the basic version cost 32 000 €. It will now pay a minimum of 39 350 € to sit behind the steering wheel. The high-end models exceed 70 000 €. The countless options will be to rise the addition, starting with the nuts anti-theft, charged… 27 €. Range Rover, in truth a mark scottish?

TECHNICAL SHEET

search Engines: – type 4 cyl. sse. dies. 1 997 and 1 999 cm3

Bodythese: 249 hp at 5 500 rpm and 240 hp at 2 400 rpm/min

Couple: 365 Nm at 1 300 – 4500 rpm & 500 Nm to 1 500-2 500 r/min

Transmission: integral, box car., 9 reports

Dimensions (L×w×h): 4 371 × 1 904 × 1 649 mm

Safety: 591 1 383 l

Weight: 1 818 & 1 880 kg

0-100km/h: 7, 5 & 7,7 s

Speed: 230 & 225 km/h

Usage: joint EU 7,9 & 6.2 l

Broadcasts: 180 & 163 g CO2/km

Price: from 49 900 and 50 500 €

The car has retained its unique look, characterized by a roof fall, joining a beltline that rises in a gentle slope to the rear. Range Rover.

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