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Built off the same platform as the Freelander2 the Evoque shares only 10 per cent of its bits and pieces with its more rugged-looking sibling. That means a staggering 90 per cent of it is fresh for the baby Range Rover.
Very few cars ever match the in-your-face impact of the concept they're loosely based on. The Range Rover Evoque isn't one of those cars. With the Evoque, the jaw-dropping LRX concept shown at Detroit in 2008 has been turned into production reality.
That the designers were able to craft a five-door version that carries exactly the same visual impact but adds family-friendly practicality is impressive indeed. And it creates that practicality by adding about 1.15 inches of extra height in the glasshouse; the roofline slopes just a little less radically, but it's barely perceptible to the eye.
And that means you get more headroom and better vision out through the rear window. That said, even the Coupe has more rear seat headroom than either a Range Rover Sport (35mm more -- it's 430mm shorter) or a BMW 3 Series Coupe (40mm more). Impressive indeed given the Evoque is just a smidgen longer than a Volkswagen Golf.
Easily one of the best-looking cars to be released in the last five years, the Range Rover Evoque has the rising waistline, the sloping roofline and muscular, hunkered down look of the LRX concept. In the metal it's better looking and less intimidating than the pictures above would suggest; it's a car you would never tire of walking out onto your driveway and seeing.
Power comes from either a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol, these are mated to a revised version of the six-speed automatic transmission in the Freelander2 (a $2480 extra cost option in TD4 or SD4). A six-speed manual is also available on everything except the petrol-engined Evoque.