2016 Range Rover Evoque - price, specs and pictures
A new diesel engine boosts the Evoque's economy to new heights
The revamped Range Rover Evoque is on sale and has become the most economical model ever produced by Land Rover. The facelifted car is priced from £30,200 in entry-level SE spec.
The gains in efficiency are largely thanks to a new 2.0-litre diesel engine that Land Rover says will deliver as much as 68mpg. A quick crunch of the projected running costs suggests the new Evoque could be around £3,700 cheaper to own over three years than the outgoing model, despite costing £2,500 more to buy initially.
On the outside, the design of the 2016 Evoque represents evolution rather than revolution, with a modified grille, a redesigned front bumper, new alloy wheels and a fully adaptive LED headlight design setting the car apart from its predecessor.
Updates to the interior include new seats, a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a selection of fresh trim colours.
It’s the launch of the new 2.0-litre TD4 diesel engine in the Evoque that’s the most eye-catching aspect of the new model. It’s the first engine from Jaguar Land Rover’s new £500m facility in Wolverhampton and will be available with either 148bhp or 178bhp.
The lesser-powered version is the one delivering the headline figures; it’s 18% more efficient than the Evoque’s previous engines, promising 68mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km, for road tax of £20 per year. The extra power of the 178bhp version means economy is slightly worse at 59mpg and emissions of 125g/km of CO2.
The new Evoque is also available with a 2.2-litre petrol engine that will get the car from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds. Despite the straight-line speed on offer, that model should still achieve 36mpg. Land Rover has fitted start/stop technology to all models and has also extended service intervals for the Evoque from 16,000 to 21,000 miles to help further reduce the cost of ownership.
A new infotainment system, dubbed InControl Touch, features in all new Evoque models. It uses a software system that allows users to flick between functions in the same way you swipe between screens and in apps when using a smartphone. DAB digital radio is also a standard piece of kit across the range. The basic infotainment system can be upgraded to include SD-card based sat-nav, while higher spec models like the HSE Dynamic (from £40,500) and Autobiography (from £51,800) come equipped with hard disk-based sat-nav, TV screens for rear passengers and a Meridian stereo upgrade.
The 2016 Evoque also sees the introduction of Land Rover's All-Terrain Progress Control, which maintains a slow speed when driving off-road, allowing you to concentrate on steering through tricky terrain. There are also handy touches like a bootlid that can be opened by waving a foot under the rear bumper if you have the car key in your pocket.
The new Evoque comes with plenty of safety kit as standard, including lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking and a system that warns you if you're getting drowsy at the wheel.