More than 70 per cent of Evoques will spend their lives in urban surroundings, though we did get to drive some tricky tracks and even on a river bed, where both models acquitted themselves with more ability than the average owner will ever call upon.
There’s no old-style mechanical transfer box with crawler gears, but the Evoque’s hill descent and ascent controls were particularly impressive, while the “transparent bonnet” system, which is so useful in warning of rocks, might also prove handy when parking against high kerbs in Kensington.
The Evoque remains as eye-catching as it’s ever been but it’s now up to date, with the latest safety and connectivity systems, a better chassis and a much improved interior.
Land Rover’s engines aren’t brilliant, however, and it’s still thirsty and expensive.
But if you liked the old Evoque, you’re going to love this one.
Range Rover Evoque P250
TESTED 2.0-litre turbo petrol four cylinder engine with mild hybrid integrated starter motor generator, nine-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive
PRICE/ON SALE range from £31,600 for front-drive diesel manual to £40,350 for turbo petrol automatic 4×4 (P250 as tested £37,150)/now
POWER/TORQUE 246bhp @ 5,500rpm, 269b ft @ 1,350rpm
TOP SPEED 143mph