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2012 Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover's newest luxury SUV comes in at the smaller end of the model lineup. Built more for asphalt than rock crawling, its high-tech engine gives it solid power and good fuel economy.

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Land Rover's new, small SUV fills out the bottom of the company's model lineup, as a more fuel-efficient vehicle that should play to urban buyers.
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Keeping a traditional Land Rover style up front, the Evoque looks much more like a sport SUV down the sides.
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The direct-injection turbocharged 2-liter engine, sourced from Ford, gives the Evoque 240 horsepower and 251 pound-feet of torque.
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The dropping roofline does not seem to adversely affect rear-passenger headroom.
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The Evoque comes standard with all-wheel drive. A magnetic-ride adaptive suspension is also available.
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The cargo area is not huge, but it is practical for the Evoque's mission.
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A huge panoramic sunroof gives a massive view of the sky.
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Land Rover gave the Evoque a simplified interior, limiting the quantity of switchgear to present an uncluttered design.
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The Evoque uses an electrically boosted power-steering system.
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The buttons on the steering wheel get a little excessive, but people in cold climates will appreciate the heated steering wheel.
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White illuminated elements give the gauges a jeweled effect.
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The Evoque uses the drive selector dial first seen in Jaguar models. Off-road programs sit in a line below the drive selector.
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The center display also shows which off-road program has been selected.
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The Evoque uses a head unit for navigation, stereo, and the phone system that incorporates a hard drive for map storage.
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The navigation system includes traffic data to help calculate routes.
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The destination selection buttons are large, making them easy to find while driving.
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The onscreen keyboard uses predictive text, eliminating letters that could not follow the previous one entered.
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The Evoque has a full Bluetooth phone system that downloads a paired phone's contact list to the car.
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The Evoque features HD Radio as well as satellite radio.
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Bluetooth audio streaming shows full track information for the currently playing song.
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iPod integration offers the typical options for browsing a music library.
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The premium Meridian audio system uses three different digital processing technologies.
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The Meridian system includes 17 speakers and an 825-watt amp.
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The rearview camera offers a number of options, and has a surround-view function.
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