Performance – Based on the SE trim, the Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition comes powered by a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine which produces 177 HP of power and 430 Nm of torque. Land Rover has made sure there’s no annoying diesel clatter filtering inside the cabin which goes to say how refined the oil-burner is. Redlining at around 4500 RPM, there is a good amount of performance on offer from the low and mid-range but the powertrain lacks in the top-end and gets quite vocal. Having said that, this Ingenium unit is not a firecracker as such and is a tameable beast with a somewhat calm demeanor.
Performance from the 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine is punchy
The 9-speed ZF-sourced automatic gearbox with closely stacked ratios provides smooth and slick shifts provided you are taking it easy. Switch to the Sport mode and floor the gas pedal, you will notice some jerks as the gearbox starts getting confused. Nonetheless, you do have the steering mounted paddle shifters in case you want the drive to get more interesting. 0-100 km/hr comes up in 9.1 seconds which is kind of fast by SUV standards but the unageing design of the vehicle makes that number seem slow. If driven sedately, expect a mileage of around 11-13 km/l.
Driving Dynamics – The suspension setup on the Range Rover Evoque Landmark Edition is no different from the standard car. So, in terms of driving dynamics, there are no changes. For folks who’ve missed out on the earlier review of the Evoque, the suspension is slightly on the stiffer side, however, the handling characteristics are great. This is not a car that you would want to take into corners enthusiastically because of the obvious weight and height. The vehicle feels more at home when just cruising on an open motorway or in the city as bias is more towards the comfort of the occupants. If pushed hard, there is some amount of body roll but there’s no denying the fact that the Evoque is a fun to drive SUV as one, the feedback from the steering is generous and two, the brakes offer decent stopping power.