Range Rover Evoque 2019 review

Gaydon’s baby Range Rover has matured fast for its second model generation. Remarkably refined, genuinely luxurious – although mid-range petrol power might not suit it best

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The second-generation Range Rover Evoque: a car whose length has grown compared with its predecessor by one solitary millimetre. On width, the difference is a relatively profligate four millimetres.

Hardly seems worth mentioning, does it? I expand more than that when breathing out – and, come to think of it, I bet even Victoria Beckhamdoes too. On overall height the car has actually shrunk by eleven millimetres over the past eight years (not sure on the comparison to Posh Spice on that score). Compactness matters to the Evoque driver, says Land Rover. Evidently so.

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That was all before the explosion of the European compact SUV segment, though – something a brand like Land Rover could hardly ignore.

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The sheer force of competition to be faced by this car today means it must be a more serious, rounded, practical and multi-talented prospect than the car it replaces just to tread water.