The 2WD eD4 Evoque is the most frugal Land Rover to date, and is aimed for those who are unlikely ever to go off-road. Compared to the base-spec 4x4 SD4, you save about £2000 and a bit of weight, but lose Terrain Response and Hill Descent Control.
Engine: 2179cc eD4 turbodiesel
Power/torque: 148bhp/280lb ft
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Speed: 112mph/0-60: 10.6sec
Factory combined mpg: 57.6
LRO RWT mpg: 41.3
Price as tested: £35,270
380 MILES TO GET THE FULL LOWDOWN...
Fit for a family?
Not really. The boot is small, and being a two-door, accessing the rear seats is awkward. However, it’s quite cosy back there thanks to storage bins, two snug ‘sports’ seats (bench seating for three is also available) and a low roof line.
How economical is it?
Not as frugal in real driving as Land Rover’s claims, achieving 41.3mpg on the RWT route, while displaying 45mpg. That’s well below even the official urban mpg of 47.9. On the motorway, a steady 70mph provides 50mpg, and 60mph gives about 60mpg (indicated).
How strong is the eD4 engine?
Although the 187bhp SD4 packs a bigger punch and is more fun, most drivers will find the 148bhp eD4 perfectly adequate. It runs out of puff at higher revs, but the torque comes in early (max at 1750rpm, same as the SD4) so it’s very useable, and the six gear ratios are well spaced. Unfortunately, engine braking is minimal, so you do have to work the brakes quite a lot.
What’s it like on a long drive?
The eD4 doesn’t include the Magneride dampers of the more expensive models, and you don’t get anything like the ‘magic carpet’ ride you’d expect from a Range Rover. It’s too firm, and there’s also a bit too much road noise on the motorway. That said, it’s rewarding to drive, the seats are well shaped, and the cabin is a lovely place to be (this one’s helped by the £950 optional panoramic roof), so I was still fresh after the 13-hour run.
Can a 2WD Evoque greenlane?
The harsh ride does make rocky terrain uncomfortable. But despite being outside its comfort zone, it delivers a valiant effort for a front-wheel drive car, and lengthy patches of ice proved the Traction Control works well. The Evoque was eventually defeated by Defender-sized ruts in frozen snow.
What's the point?
LRO’s Real World Test gives an independent, ‘real world’ fuel economy figure based on a varied and enjoyable 380-mile route, rather than sitting on a dyno.
It’s a big drive to do in one day, so we get up early and start by brimming the fuel tank at a garage on the A1 in Lincolnshire.
By doing the same at the end, it’s easy to get a precise ‘combined mpg’ figure – meaning a blend of motorways, fast A-roads, country roads, a couple of long greenlanes and a rush-hour city crawl. And, we find out more along the way!
Our test route
Bloody Oaks services, Stamford > A1 north Knaresborough > Arncliffe > Kettlewell > Middleham > Bainbridge > Stalling Busk (byway) > Hubberholme > Cam High Road (byway) > Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes > Settle > Silsden > Bradford > M62 east > Ferrybridge > A1 south > Bloody Oaks services, Stamford
Do you fancy driving our RWT route? Download a map here.
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