2012 Range Rover Evoque – 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque First Drive Review – Road & Track

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By Shaun Bailey. August 11,

The British make, Land is moving upscale with its new level Range Rover, the Evoque. As a result, in addition to the more prestigious Range badge, the Evoque will cost more than the Land Rover, the LR2, at $43,995 for the base 5-door, a bump over the LR2’s of $36,550. Still, this new Range Rover is about less than the Land LR4 or $16,500 less than a Rover Sport while similar or better levels of and comfort

Starting Life As a

First shown in 2009 as the LRX during the Detroit Auto the 3-door concept was unlike Land Rover had shown and garnered a lot of interest. Unlike the LR2 seems to be a funky derivation of the Escape, and not a highly respected of the Land Rover family, the LRX had a design and high end cabin that could easily it a member of the elite Range line.

And so development of this small vehicle in 3- and 5-door variants at 171-inches long is 17 inches than a Range Rover was pushed forward. It focused on a new but more importantly minimizing consumption while providing all the of off-road ability, towing and expected from the brand. To end, the Evoque is powered by a injection, turbocharged, inline-4 with all-wheel drive in a package that is rated by the EPA at 19 mpg highway, as compared to the LR2’s or Sport’s 13/18.

It Drives it Looks

As a rule, Range driving dynamics are a little and cumbersome. Even the Sport heavy and in need of a diet in to the Evoque. At 3900 pounds the is about 1600 pounds than the larger Range Sport, which gives it car-like driving qualities.

When outfitted with magnetic ride control that provide continuously rates, and the ability to select a mode that also the response of the standard electric steering, the Evoque becomes that much more and precise. These are useful in navigating the narrow roads Liverpool where the Evoque is at the same Halewood plant started assembling the Ford in 1962, and that currently the LR2. Not surprisingly the LR2 and Evoque are of the same European D-class shared with Ford and sedans.

In the Dirt

We experienced British weather during our The hard rain turned the paths that wound Welsh hills into mud The Evoque didn’t care. The 240 turbo four puts out a 251 lb.-ft. of torque that well with the quick and shifting 6-speed automatic features decently low gearing for hills of muddy wet grass when fitted with low-rolling resistance Continental that seem more to pounding pavement than trailis To prove the point the Evoque is a real Range we forded water that to be 2-feet deep in spots and water hit the turbo to produce of steam through the clearly hood vents.

Although the suspension doesn’t the ability to raise or lower the Terrain Response system is in on all models, and adjusts the myriad of systems to best work in situations. In normal mode the engine works predominantly as a drive system. A prop-shaft rearwards and constantly spins a Haldex box at the rear.

The computer controlled Haldex and transfers torque front to as needed through open at both ends. Electronic controls then limit wheel spin. The Evoque drive like a four-wheel truck, but rather a sports with decent ground and myriad of electrical controls to the driver’s work at a minimum.

It is a no-brainer type of off-road Turn the Terrain Response to the proper setting, set the hill control and simply point the at an obstacle. Its capabilities far surpass its expected buyers will use it for.

Luxury Wherever it

One of the nicest features of the Evoque is its The steel unit-body is stiff and wasn’t a single squeak not a panel out of place, or stitch wrong. The Evoque is intuitive to because of the tactile nature of its From the rotary shift that rises out of the center to the thick rimmed steering that is has an impressively fast and shift-paddles that function enough to keep me interested.

From the softly bolstered driver’s seat it’s to tell the 3-door from a It’s simply a matter of versus design purity. The does have a slightly rear roof line and closely matches the LRX concept, but doors are such a convenience the sportier Evoque will be a bird. Rear seat is better than most and the hatch provides ample capacity.

Four travel in five is a bit more tight.

Aside from being as a 5-Door or Coupe, the Evoque is in specific packages. The entire range goes from for a base 5-Door to $52,885 for a Premium Coupe. Both standard with the massive glass roof, leather, a tail gate Meridian system, 8-in. touch and host of other Range features.

Upgrades include 5 external HDD navigation, adaptive headlamps, Meridian Surround Sound, a interiors. Expect to pay just $50k for a very well Evoque. And yet the little Range can scoot to 60 mph in about 7.1 seconds, it quicker and more frugal the V-8 powered Range Rover It will be at dealerships in October.

The Range Rover Evoque is an good blend of daily luxury, performance and utility#151;in order.

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