Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Range Rover Evoque Sd4 Dynamic Coupe

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Range Rover Evoque Sd4 Dynamic Coupe

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TO MANY owning a Range Rover is a dream. After all, before the Evoque burst on to the scene, prices started at nearly pounds 50,000.

Now that dream is achievable for around half the price, the cost of an executive saloon, with the baby Range Rover Evoque. It is a compact SUV that has the wow factor in spades and has had sales success which looks poised to go on.

Still, a starting price of just under pounds 30,000 is not cheap, and its runaway success must surely have surprised even its creators at Jaguar Land Rover. It is the smallest, most fuel efficient and lowest carbon emitting Range Rover, with emissions as low as 130g/km, which will attract the interest of company car users. It is available in both two and four-wheel drive, as well as two and fivedoor configuration - with the coupe looks of the three-door giving extra appeal.

It's clearly a lifestyle type of vehicle that has found favour with women especially, even to the point of Victoria Beckham being involved with the design of one of the models.

It's wedge shape, with the pronounced sloping roof that looks like restricting room in the rear does not please everyone.

But despite that this is still a Range Rover, and retains some of the signature styling of the bigger cars with radical touches like the narrow rear windows which are impressive, but do compromise all-round vision.

But a Range Rover it is with all the practicality, off-road performance and the luxurious fittings that go with the brand.

The model tested is substantially more expensive than the entry level model at pounds 40,000, but climb inside and you would be hard-pressed to differentiate between it and its bigger, more expensive siblings.

The car seats four comfortably, including the two rear passengers, providing they are not six footers as the car's shape means rear headroom is inevitably compromised.

The perforated grained leather seats are comfortable and supportive while the rest of interior has that Range Rover classy quality feel.

Despite the narrow window, the panoramic roof on the test model meant more light flooded into the cabin, but that was part of a pounds 4,325 set of optional extras that included a powered tailgate, Meridian surround sound audio system, eightinch high-resolution dual-view touch-screen display; analogue/digital television, auto-dimming rear view mirror; surround camera system with tow assist; blind spot monitoring to mention just a few. …

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