March 02, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Range Rover Evoque P300 R-Dynamic HSE MHEV

Chained Brilliance

The last Range Rover Evoque we tested before this new top-spec P300 HSE model was the 180D HSE which was already impressive but sadly compromised by its steep asking price for the 180 bhp turbodiesel. There are no questions regarding the desirability and beauty of the littlest Range Rover. Heck, who wouldn’t want to own a Range Rover in any model? We all expect the pricing to be challenging in every market but it is especially painful in ours. Thankfully, while supplies last, Land Rover Philippines is offering significant promotional discounted pricing similar to the scale applied to Jaguar models to help make their vehicles more attainable. This particular mild-hybrid Evoque P300 R-Dynamic model now sells for P301,112.00 less than list. Keep in mind that the extra Safeguard Import Duties are not applied to current models in the showroom yet either.

So, though this new test unit, which weighs just 34 kilos more and looks almost identical to the last one we tested, costs just short of P400,000.00 more than the 180D. What you get for the extra money is almost 300 bhp and almost 300 lb-ft of torque which improves acceleration from 0-100 km/h by close to 3 whole seconds and is livelier throughout the entire powerband. The functional style of the 2nd generation Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (L551) does certainly seize your attention. The new model may look very similar, which is deliberate, but it uses JLR’s all-new Premium Transverse Architecture platform which is more spacious, has 13% more torsional rigidity, and is more feature-rich. Compared to its predecessor, the new Evoque uses a 21 mm (.9-inches) longer wheelbase, essentially retains the same body length, but it is slightly wider by 4 mm (.2-inches) and 14 mm taller (.7-inches) with 59 liters (2.1 cu ft) more cargo space.

Land Rover Philippines exhausted every effort to maintain the desirability and abilities of the Evoque while doing their best to manage the cost. This top-spec P300 R-Dynamic HSE MHEV fitted with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system in the form of a belt-driven motor-generator has an intelligent AWD system and uses a ZF 9-speed automatic gearbox. It is primarily front-wheel driven until the intelligent Terrain Response 2 system dictates otherwise. Naturally the driver can override the system in variable degrees. The steering system uses a symmetrical twin-pinion set-up that improves feel and accuracy while also being lighter. The updated all-wheel drive system has an active driveline that is no longer hydraulic but electronically controlled for better and swifter response that also disconnects the rear axle completely to save fuel by reducing drag by as much as 75% when cruising on the highway beyond 112 km/h.

The new Range Rover Evoque shares a lot with its slightly larger sister the Jaguar E-Pace, there is a lot of familiarity especially in the interior. The beautiful 20” x 8J alloy wheels are shod with meaty 235/50R20 XL 104W all-season Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires and the potent brakes are 13.7-inches up front and 12.8-inches at the rear. I particularly like the subtle burnished copper exterior design trim and the generous amounts of applied aluminum all throughout the Evoque. Other notable standard equipment includes an Interactive Driver Display (TFT Virtual Instrument Cluster), central 10-inch Touch Pro Duo (Dual Screen Infotainment) system powered by an outstanding  380-watt 10-speaker Meridian Sound System, Terrain Response 2, ambient interior lighting, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, a 360-degree Surround Camera System with ClearSight Ground View, a ClearSight Interior Rear View Mirror (Smart Rear View Mirror), LED Headlights with Signature Daytime Running Lights, cool signature LED rear lights, retractable door handles, and generous amounts of soft-touch contrasting two-tone premium perforated Windsor leather.

The handsome new Evoque certainly feels more grown-up and sorted than the model it replaced even given the strong sense of familiarity. The Evoque is a very capable off-roader too, a required requisite of being a Land Rover product. It can water wade to 600 mm, has 210 mm of ground clearance, with a 25-degree approach angle. The cabin is like a vault and contributes greatly to the overall sense of substance. At this class performance segment and price in our Philippine market, only the much larger BMW X5 xDrive30d xLine at P5,990,000.00 is better and more desirable.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1997 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 16V
Fuel Injector Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo, Atkinson-cycle, 48-Volt 15 hp (11.2 kW) / 103 lb-ft Permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, .2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 296 hp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 295 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm
Transmission 9-Speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 245 km/h (153 mph)
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 6.5 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 21 City mpg / 26 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 5,888,888.00
What's Great Huge promotional discount from the original list price of P6,190,000.00. The best of the model range. Poised and hugely fun.
What's Not So Price, non-adaptive suspension, and size.
C! Editors Rating 9.5/10
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