2014 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 9-Speed Automatic Review

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The 2014 Evoque is very much like the one that scored style points following its 2012 introduction, including North American Truck of the Year honors. But there’s one key distinction: The 2012 Evoque apportioned power to its wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. The ZF automatic in the 2014 model adds three more cogs, spreading the power with nine forward gears.

With no change in output from the Evoque’s 2.0-liter turbo four (240 horsepower, 250 lb-ft of torque), what would you expect from this upgrade? Improved EPA fuel economy ratings? Check. Improved real-world fuel economy? Hmm. Improved performance? Not so much.

The Mass Factor

In our March 2013 issue, the six-speed Evoque squared off against an Audi Q5 2.0T and BMW X3 xDrive28i in a battle of entry-luxury compact SUVs. It did not prevail against the Teutons, but its acceleration times were competitive. Oddly, the 2014 Evoque wouldn’t have fared so well. Despite the new nine-speed and a shorter final-drive ratio, this Evoque is a smidge slower in every giddyup data point—6.9 seconds to 60 versus 6.6, 5.3 seconds 50–70 versus 4.7, and 15.4 seconds at 91 mph in the quarter versus 15.1 at 92. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by TONY SWAN

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