The 2.0-liter Turbo in-line 4 engine in the Range Rover Evoque is, in fact, the same Ford EcoBoost engine used in many Ford vehicles, such as the Mondeo, Explorer and Edge and even the new Volvo S60. Packing a decent 240HP @ 5,500RPM and 340NM @ 1,750 – 4,500RPM, the 1.6 ton Evoque shifts from 0 to 100kmph in 7.6 seconds.
Under normal circumstances, the Evoque drives like any well behaved compact SUV, with smooth gear shifts and easy acceleration. Even pushing it from highway to well past 160kmph is fairly quick. It’s when you go around bends, that the rather high center of gravity rears its ugly head, and despite the traction control and all-wheel drive system the Evoque’s limits are reached a bit too quickly.
From the Terrain Selection, you have access to the ‘Dynamic’ mode as well, designed for urban driving. This is where the suspension tightens up, but to the point where the whole car gets too jumpy, and going on speed bumps makes you acutely aware of how stiff the suspension becomes.
Overall the drive is composed if you keep it that way, but it’s easy to get uncomfortable under the ‘Dynamic’ mode for simple city driving. Otherwise you can rest easy knowing wherever you go the Evoque will take you there with a bit of proper maneuvering and experience. The performance is just about adequate enough for an SUV of this size, the luxury inside is great, and the tech is entertaining for both driver and passenger. All the while, no matter where you drive, all eyes will be on the Evoque, and you.