There’s a real buzz surrounding the Range Rover Evoque – the baby of the family – which has become something of a ‘must have’ motor for all those mixing in the right circles.
It is the smallest, lightest, most fuel efficient Range Rover ever produced and is stunning to look at and fantastic on the road.
I drove the coupé, but if you’ve got kids you should definitely opt for the five-door model – although Isofix fasteners allow child seats to be fitted in the back, it’s a bit awkward getting toddlers in and out.
However, my little boy was very impressed with the TV – an eight-inch, high-resolution, dual-view touch-screen meant that he could watch CBeebies, while the driver can only see the normal screen and isn’t distracted.
Hands-free mobile phone use is enabled by Bluetooth connectivity. The phone can be controlled via the screen or the steering wheel controls, and the system automatically down-loads the latest phonebook contacts, so making calls is simple.
A huge number of colour and feature combin-ations are available on the Evoque, such as contrasting roof colours and designer interiors.
A full-sized fixed glass panoramic roof provides a superb uninterrupted vista for all occupants and floods the interior with natural light.
There are a number of features designed to make driving as stress-free as possible, such as Park Assist.
Applied for the first time in a Range Rover, it helps drivers parallel park the car in tight spots.
The Evoque has a latest generation system which can park in a very short space (just 1.2 times the length of the car). The system allows the driver to shuffle backwards and forwards to achieve an optimum parking position. Once it has identified a space using ultrasonic sensors, it automatically steers the car into place while you operate the accelerator, brake and clutch.
Although a bit nerve-wracking at first, it really does work!
There is also Blind Spot Monitoring, a system that alerts the driver when a vehicle enters hidden blind-spot zones on either side of the vehicle, and timed climate control, which includes a park heater facility that allows the car to be pre-heated or cooled as required.
Suffice to say there’s nothing to dislike about the Evoque. Such is its popularity that only last week it was crowned World Design Car of the Year in New York.
Despite its young age, the Range Rover Evoque already has more than 100 well-deserved global accolades.
Car: Range Rover Evoque Si4 coupé
0-60mph: Seven seconds
Top speed: 135mph
Fuel: 32.5mpg (combined)
CO2 emissions: 199g/km