Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Facelift Overview

OVERVIEW ;

Anybody who loves SUVs is fond of the Land Rover brand and especially the Range Rover Evoque. Back then it was the most stylish product across the JLR portfolio and currently it has a big fan following solely for the way it looks. Heck! It looks even more stylish than the LRX concept car it is based on. To keep it looking fresh, the British carmaker has launched the facelifted Evoque in India which comes with some cosmetic changes inside out. There are minimal changes compared to the pre-facelift Evoque but lets explore what’s new in the latest update  Get On Road Price of Land Rover Range Rover Evoque in Carzprice

STYLE AND DESIGN ;

The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque still carries the same basic look that I’ve come to love in the past few years, but the British SUV builder tweaked it to keep it fresh as we move into the new model year. The most obvious of those tweaks are the reshaped headlights that feature a distinctive LED daytime running light signature.Also new is the front bumper, the wider tow-eye covers, the larger air intakes, and the slimline LED fog lights. The grille also has a lightly refreshed look that includes horizontal bars and a new fine-mesh pattern on standard models. Moving into the Dynamic trim adds in a hexagonal grille design and more prominent mesh insert.

On five-door HSE Dynamic and Autobiography models, Land Rover added in new hood vents, which were once limited only to coupe models.Around back, the 2016 Range Rover Evoque has a new tailgate spoiler and a new set of LED taillights with revised graphics. On the technical side of things, the Evoque’s backside also has a new Gesture Tailgate, which allows you to open the tailgate by placing your foot under the bumper. Apply car loan for Land Rover Range Rover Evoque  

SPACE AND CABIN ;

Interiors are nice as well. There’s soft touch leather draped over most of the dash and door pads; there’s more than a hint of sophistication to its interior design; and the quality levels are good too. It also gets a meaty steering and aluminium pedals with rubber inserts that leave a sporty impression.Thanks to the overall design the front windscreen is smaller than in most cars, and though it doesn’t hamper visibility over the hood in any big way, it does propagate the feeling of driving a smaller car. Visibility from the rear glass though is poor. And even though the Evoque has large, useable mirrors, we are especially happy about its rear view camera; without which things would have been quite challenging.

The Evoque has comfy front seats. And they look good with their dual tone colours that match the door pads. Seats are functional too with the levels of adjustment on offer: these are adjustable for leg and head room and for lumbar and thigh support as well. Our view on the rear seats however is quite the opposite. Designers could have done better with more seat length for better thigh support. But, it’s the occupant in the middle who will be the most uncomfortable courtesy limited elbow room and the bulging seat back.What makes the rear more claustrophobic, even with the abundance of headroom, is that the front seats have been designed in such a way that it comes up real high and wide. And then it’s got the headrest with the screens that’s towering over the whole front end which blocks the front view. To top it the extremely small rear windows and the tall shoulder line does not help matters. Nevertheless, the long quarter glass and the crater large panorama sunroof (when open) tries to shove in some more glass room and lend it a feeling of space that is really not there.

ENGINE AND GEARBOX ;

Internationally, the updated Evoque got new 2.0-litre diesel Ingenium engine which is lighter and more efficient with lesser CO2 emissions. In India though, the Evoque continues to get the same 2.2-litre oil burner that churns out 190 PS of power and 420 Nm of torque. The Evoque pulls cleanly from the word go getting a nice shove of torque in the mid-range making it quite progressive. There is a hint of lag under 2000 RPM but usually it goes unnoticed thanks to the clever new 9-speed automatic transmission. The 4-cylinder motor feels quite refined and NVH levels are very low so you won’t hear the diesel rumble until you hit the redline just before 5000 RPM. The engine doesn’t have much power to deliver at the top-end but it is best enjoyed in the mid-range.

The 9-speed auto box is mated well to the engine that offers fantastic cruising ability and relaxed driving. At 100 km/hr in the top gear, the engine is hovering around 1500-1750 RPM. Put the pedal to the metal and then it feels confused to downshift. There is slight lag while downshifting and here is when the steering mounted paddle shifts come to use. The gearbox is quite responsive to your manual inputs and the Evoque feels in full control while shifting manually and choosing your own cogs. There is the S mode as well that holds the gear longer for better acceleration and this comes to use while overtaking at high speeds. The fuel efficiency in real world conditions is around 10-11 km/l, which is not bad for this beast of an SUV.

RIDE AND HANDLING ;

The Evoque has a firm ride, especially at low speeds. Low speed drive through pot holes, uneven surfaces and even smallest of the speed breakers is uncomfortable. It does flatten out as the speed goes up, but even then, it does not have the plush ride like most of the SUVs in the segment, including the Land Rover Discovery Sport.Land Rover uses magnetic MagneRide dampers as standard on all variants and it has kept the body roll to minimum. Also the steering is precise and the SUV turns in quickly, making it fun around corners. The only downside is a hint of understeer but that too only comes in if the Evoque is pushed hard.The AWD also has the Terrain Response System to tackle various off-roading conditions like gravel, snow, grass, sand and mud. If you are open to the idea of taking an Rs 70 lakh SUV off paved roads, the Evoque won’t disappoint. It has good ground clearance (210mm), smart electronics and short overhangs. The only thing missing from its credentials as a serious off-roader is the differential lock.

SAFETY FEATURES ;

Standard safety features on the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front-seat side airbags, a driver-side knee airbag, side curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.Other available safety features include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree parking camera and a forward collision warning system that can apply the brakes if it detects an imminent collision. Convertible models also get built-in roll bars that pop up if a rollover seems likely.

BOTTOMLINE ;

This year Land Rover has brought in two updates to the Evoque – first the 9-speed box and now the 2016 design, and we have to admit both have been steps in the right direction. The only disappointment though is that Land Rover hasn’t introduced the new Ingenium unit in India which is proven to be more refined than the current gen motor. Moreover, in terms of outright performance, the 2016 Evoque doesn’t quite match up to competitors like the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3. However, with the refreshed look and better looking interiors, the Evoque continues to rank quite high in terms of aspirational value and that should surely work in its favour.

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