Juliet reviews…The RANGE ROVER EVOQUE

The Range Rover Evoque was the fastest selling car in Land Rover history. It was such a success that it managed to bag a total of 217 awards globally. That was eight years ago. It will be hard to top such an iconic car but Land Rover is giving it a good go with the all-new Evoque which launched in South Africa just last week.

I say all-new because it is literally all-new. Well 99.9% of it is. The only thing that comes from the previous Evoque are the door hinges. It has a new architecture, updated and new technologies and, even if it might not look like it, a new design. Put the old Evoque side by side with this new model and you will spot the differences.

There is no need for a full evolution anyway. The coupé-like silhouette and distinctive roofline is what makes the Evoque so unique. It now has super slim Matric LED headlamps and flush door handles which you might recognise from the Velar. The rear sees black accents and a reduction in exterior panel gaps.

The wheelbase has been ever so slightly increased which means there is a bit more legroom for rear passengers. The boot has also been increased by 10 per cent which gives you a load area of 591-litres. Land Rover says it will easily fit a pram or a set of golf clubs. It seems these are the benchmarks of a sizable boot. What if you don’t have children or play golf? Well I guess you will have more than enough space then.

The cabin is also quite Velar-like. It is all about simplicity, so you won’t see too many buttons in this cockpit. It is what one could refer to as a digital cabin. The twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system looks incredible, but if you’re anything like me, you will still be after a traditional button or two.

Terrain Response 2 is now, for the first time, available as standard on the Evoque with All-Wheel Drive and automatic transmission. You can choose between four driving modes, namely Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, Mud & Ruts. The best mode for me is Auto. This allows the Evoque to select the most appropriate mode for the conditions and automatically adjusts its torque delivery to suit the terrain. So easy!

We put this to the test in an array of off-road obstacles at the new Land Rover Experience in Sandton. There was almost nothing this Evoque couldn’t do. We even turned it in to a mini submarine as we took it through deep waters. The wading depth has been increased to 600mm.

There are a host of new technologies that make the Evoque very desirable. Just one example is the smart rear-view mirror which transforms into an HD video screen. This is super handy if you have something blocking your view.

You still have an option between petrol or diesel and the ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox has been recalibrated to ensure a smoother, more progressive drive on all terrains.

The new Evoque is better in so many ways that it would be rather odd if it didn’t continue its super success story.

New Range Rover Evoque pricing:

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180                                        R734300

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 S                                     R784300

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 SE                                   R843800

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic S                  R813000

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic SE                R872500

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 R-Dynamic HSE             R920200

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 D 132kW D180 First Edition                    R945900

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250                                         R776300

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 S                                      R826300

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 SE                                   R885800

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic S                  R855000

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic SE                R914500

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 R-Dynamic HSE              R962300

Range Rover Evoque 5 Door 2.0 P 183kW P250 First Edition                     R987900

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