Green Car Review - Range Rover Evoque
PUBLISHED: 18:15 03 September 2012 | UPDATED: 12:13 28 February 2013
Green motoring expert Richard Lawton drives the Range Rover Evoque
The impact of the Range Rover Evoque since its launch in 2011 cant be underestimated. Bestowed with plaudits the world over (in excess of 100 major awards at the last count), the Evoque has caught the imagination like no other car in recent memory. However, are you making a greener choice by driving one?
Affectionately dubbed the baby Range Rover, the Evoque is a compact SUV, substantially smaller, lighter, and cheaper than anything else with a Range Rover badge. In fact, at around a tonne lighter than the Range Rover Sport, the Evoque is positively dinky in comparison, however what it loses in sheer bulk it makes up for by being a substantially more fuel efficient machine.
Available in three-door coupe form and the more practical five door body, the Evoque comes with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines. For those looking for the greenest option, the eD4 badge is the one to opt for. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is the most economical option and means the Evoque emits just 133g/km of CO2 and returns around 56.5mpg on the combined cycle. It beats much of the premium compact SUV competition such as the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC60 (149g and 140g/km respectively).
So, while the Evoque can never lay claim to being a totally green car, it comes out favourably against its bigger siblings and competition.
The decision-makers at Land Rover have been very astute, by making the Evoque available in front wheel drive, something never before contemplated. Indeed, the eD4 engine is simply not available in four-wheel drive guise. It was viewed as a risky business move in some quarters, however one which has paid off handsomely.
The justification of launching a two-wheel drive Range Rover was borne out of the fact that many Range Rovers only ever live life on tarmac, never fulfilling their fabled offroading capabilities. So why not cater to this market by launching a model with all the luxury and finesse you would expect in a Range Rover but in a compact, more efficient and less expensive form?
Not only does the car appeal to Range Rover owners but it has opened up the brand to a whole new audience of drivers that previously couldnt hope to afford a Range Rover. And with the Halewood plant now working 24 hours a day to produce it, a waiting list stretching across several months, and profit at parent company Jaguar Land Rover topping 1.5bn last year, it is clear to see that the Evoque has been a resounding British success.
And if the Evoque still doesnt take your fancy, how does a convertible version grab you? Expect it in late 2013.
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