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2018 land-rover Range Rover Evoque

The Range Rover Evoque certainly stands out from the rest of the Land Rover lineup due to its decidedly more road-minded design. The Evoque family no longer includes the Coupe, but buyers who want a two-door model can select the Convertible.

Overview
According to Land Rover, the Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most efficient vehicle it has ever produced, measuring just 172 inches from head to toe. It was designed at the firm's Gaydon, England, facility and is produced in Halewood. The Evoque is largely based on the Land Rover LR2, itself riding on a Volvo-developed platform.

Stylistically a dead-ringer for the automaker's LRX concept car that debuted several years ago, the Evoque boasts a much more aggressive shape than any Land Rover vehicle before it.

Life aboard
Inside, the squared off, symmetrical dashboard theme isn't unlike that found on the LR4 and Range Rover. Interior technology includes dual-view display for eight-inch touch-screen and Surround Camera System. A full-sized glass panoramic roof enhances the sensation of space and comfort by flooding the interior with natural light, and offers greater headroom for all occupants.

The rear seats, with seat belts and head restraints for three passengers, have 60/40 folding seat squabs and are equipped with ISOFIX child seat mounts.

Land Rover says the five-door model is geared toward young families. The five-door sports a slightly higher roof line than its three-door counterpart, which allows for added passenger and cargo room. Of course, there are also added doors in the rear for ease of entry.

Under the hood
Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 237 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque in its most basic configuration, and it's bolted to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers after a quicker Land Rover can order an evolution of the turbo four rated at 286 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Not offered on every trim level, the upgraded engine also brings styling enhancements that give the Evoque a sportier look.

Fuel economy checks in at 22 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in a mixed cycle with the less powerful engine. Selecting the more powerful option reduces city and mixed mileage to 21 and 24, respectively.

Though the Evoque is hardly a dedicated off-road machine, its still more capable than most crossovers in the rough stuff thanks to new Active Driveline four-wheel drive system that switches to two-wheel drive when it senses the vehicle is traveling above 22 mph on a steady road. Four-wheel drive is automatically activated in 300 milliseconds when it is needed.

Torque vectoring and and a version of Land Rover's Terrain Response control are also available.

Make it your own
The Range Rover Evoque allows customers to specify many aspects of the cabin, with soft, premium leather and tailored, twin-needle stitching providing a luxurious finish to almost every surface of the instrument panel, doors and seats.

Occupant safety
All Evoque models come standard with dual front, side, full-length side-curtain and knee airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems.

Buyers can order a host of extra-cost electronic driving aids including Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Exit, Closing Vehicle Sensing, lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, a heads-up display, and a surround camera.

Key competitors
The Evoque is close in size to the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC, though it is priced closer to larger luxury crossovers like the Acura MDX.