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2012 Land Rover Evoque

Land Rover has introduced its first Evoque. This 2012 SUV ranked second among the best Luxury Compact SUVs, according to analysis of the US News on 16 published reviews and thorough test drives.

Compared to the crossovers Land Rover became famous for, the 2012 Evoque does not have much “juice.” But lo and behold, its 2.0 liter turbo inline four-cylinder engine is enough to exhaust a remarkable 240 horsepower that makes it one of the most nimble SUV in its line. The Evoque may not have beaten the power of Mercedes-Benz GLK or the Audi Q5 (also with V6 engines) but there’s more about this compact luxury vehicle.

Its distinction with other cars from Land Rover sets the Evoque apart and apparently earns its spotlight. The 2012 model is actually the first one to have the two doors while being the smallest vehicle the automaker has ever produced. There’s of course a four-door base model available for those who are after utility and space. Availing the coupe two-door body style, however, brings out amiable twists and provides the much-needed diversion in the market.

Aside from the appearance, the difference between the coupe body and four-door base model are their trims. The smaller Evoque is available in Pure and Dynamic Trims, while the four-door configuration comes with Pure, Prestige and Dynamic trims. Price also becomes the final base of decision for most buyers – the base model is worth $44,000 while the ore compact two-door has a hefty $45,000 price tag.

Then again, car journalists were clear in expressing their awe on the great workmanship applied on any levels of trim. The dashboard of the car are covered with stitched vinyl fabric. Behind the wheel, modern and elegant instruments grace the view, including the 5” colored LCD driver information centre. Through this feature, car owners may spare an additional $1,750 for the hard disk-based GPS navigation system that works with an 8” HD touch-screen display.

Road trips would never be as boring with the 825-watt audio system that comes with jukebox, CD player and Am/Fm/HD/Sirius tuner. The best thing about it is the dual deice Bluetooth Audio streaming with iPod control made possible through USB connection.

Thus, no matter how expensive this Luxury SUV is, a lot of consumers are wooed to have it for their selves. After all, the off-road capabilities of the Land Rover Evoque can beat any price named for the car.

The car’s appearance also comes as a plus in that the profile of Evoque is very sporty. The windshield is steeply raked, paving the way for a low roofline that extends downward to the rear of the SUV. The 19-inch wheels are highly prominent with the arches and “muscular” appeal of the Evoque’s body. The four-door configuration is slightly taller than the coupe, (1.2” higher), but both cars run with 104.8” wheelbase.

The two models also have the same 171.5-171.9 inch length and 77.4 width. For most car enthusiasts, the coupe is far more striking than the four-door base model because of the cleaner profile. When it comes to performance, however, choosing becomes daunting.

True to the promise of the automaker, the 2012 Evoque dominates the class with its Terrain Response system that allows for a more convenient change in the powertrain and responses from the suspension on any road condition, although most car owners wouldn’t drive this Luxury vehicle to rough roads over small boulders.

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