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2012 Range Rover Evoque: What's all the hype about?

The new Range Rover Evoque is a fine-looking small SUV that seems to have some real off-road chops, but its cabin electronics barely keep it above water in the competitive luxury set.

2012 Range Rover Evoque
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The stylish new Range Rover Evoque has been collecting awards like a blue whale in a patch of krill. And considering its high-tech, efficient engine and off-road capability, most of those awards are deserved.

But in the area of cabin electronics, it falls short of its luxury car competition. Where other car companies are beginning to explore connected in-car systems, the Evoque is just covering the basics of navigation, digital audio, and a Bluetooth phone system.

That is not to say the Evoque's cabin electronics are bad. The response of the touch screen may be a bit pokey, but the navigation system looks good, the phone system is full-featured, and the stereo offers a full range of audio sources, including really good Bluetooth audio streaming.

The car can even be had with a full surround-view camera system, useful for narrow urban parking garages and dirt trails along a ridge line.

Click here to read the full review of the 2012 Range Rover Evoque.