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Range Rover Evoque review - MPG, running costs & CO2

Mild-hybrid technology means the Evoque shouldn’t be too expensive to run

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The latest Range Rover Evoque benefits from clever 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, meaning the engine can completely shut down when coasting at 11mph or under. This is fitted as standard to all but the entry-level front-wheel drive variant. This helps the Evoque’s efficiency, and even the top engine manages to return respectable fuel economy.

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In late 2020, the Evoque was made available as a P300e plug-in hybrid for the first time. An update in 2023 slightly increased the car’s all-electric range to 39 miles in EV mode and can return triple-digit economy figures when its petrol engine and electric motor work in tandem.

As it’s the ‘baby’ model in the Range Rover line-up, the Evoque is amongst the most efficient and promises some of the lowest running costs. The cars we've tested have all been higher spec models costing over £40,000, which means you’ll have to pay the additional VED road tax surcharge each year until the car is six years old. Versions under the threshold are taxed at the standard VED rate.

All plug-in hybrid Evoques cost more than £40k, so while you’ll be liable for a slightly discounted VED rate, you'll still have to pay the surcharge from the second year of ownership until year six.

Range Rover Evoque MPG & CO2

The Range Rover Evoque offers its 2.0-litre diesel engine with two power outputs and a choice of front or four-wheel drive for the entry-level engine, but all manage over 40mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. The entry-level D165 with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive officially returns up to 46.7mpg.

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Opting for the four-wheel drive, mild-hybrid version adds an automatic gearbox and affects fuel economy, managing only 44.1mpg. While testing it, we achieved just over 43mpg from the top all-wheel-drive D200 automatic model, which is impressive for a car with 201bhp. Still, more modern rivals could save you cash when it comes to filling with fuel; the latest BMW X1 diesels can do up to 55mpg.

Pick one of the Range Rover’s three petrol engines, however, and you’ll be stopping to fill up even more often. Regardless of whether you choose the P200, P250 or P300 version, you’ll only see around 30mpg according to official figures. Again, BMW claims to better this with the new X1.

Depending on model, alloy wheel size and performance, the conventional petrol and diesel versions of the Evoque emit between 158g/km and 200g/km of CO2, placing them in the top bandings for Benefit-In-Kind (BiK) company-car tax.

The P300e plug-in hybrid is the most efficient model, with a claimed electric range of around 39 miles and fuel economy of up to 190.9mpg. Low CO2 emissions starting from just 32g/km place the Evoque PHEV in the middle of the BiK bandings, making it an attractive proposition for company-car drivers.

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To help maximise the range of the PHEV model, its 15kWh battery can be charged from 0-80% via a 7kW wallbox charger in under 90 minutes. When connected to a public fast charger, replenishing the battery to the same level takes around 30 minutes.

Insurance groups

Choose a Range Rover Evoque in S trim with a 163bhp diesel engine and it will sit in group 25 out of 50. Meanwhile, an R-Dynamic D165 automatic is a group higher and a powerful D200 in the same trim sits in group 29. Opt for the P300 petrol and the insurance rating starts from group 37.

It should cost slightly less to insure that the rival BMW X4, which occupies groups 32 to 45, with the rival Mercedes GLC Coupe possibly attracting similar insurance premium again as it sits between groups 29 to 34.

Warranty

As with all Land Rover models, the Evoque comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty as standard. You can opt for an extended warranty that will cover the vehicle for ten years or 100,000 miles but, considering many buyers drive a new car on a shorter finance deal and don’t keep it for a decade, it’s unlikely many owners will choose this warranty.

The paintwork will also be covered for three years, along with a six-year anti-corrosion guarantee.

By comparison, BMW offers a similarly comprehensive three-year, unlimited mileage warranty and a three-year paint guarantee, but adds a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.

Servicing

When it comes to servicing a Range Rover Evoque, you can expect it to be quite expensive. For a benchmark, the previous Evoque costs around £330 for an interim service and £440 for a full service at a Land Rover dealership, so this is something to bear in mind if you are looking to buy one.

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Joining Auto Express as a Content Editor in 2019, Alastair helped promote traffic to the website and build web pages alongside writing content. Now, Alastair works as Senior News Reporter for Auto Express and looks to track down the latest news as well as writing reviews and features. Days off are car-related for Alastair, regularly attending car shows and track days. Alastair also has a degree in journalism and has worked for a number of manufacturers as a car salesman. 

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