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GREEN | 7 out of 10
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque: 19/28 mpg (est.)
a body that contains almost 100 pounds of recycled and renewable materials that helps get the baby all-wheel-drive to 28 miles per gallon on the highway, it is the most advanced Range Rover ever.
Other markets will get the option of a 2.2-liter diesel that can be teamed with a manual transmission, auto start/stop technology, and front-wheel drive for max fuel economy.
The Evoque comes to market with respectable fuel-economy forecasts—19 mpg city and 28 highway, per the EPA, at the good end of the pack.
Car and Driver
Normally, a sport-utility vehicle or crossover has to do something fairly extraordinary to receive a good green score. Like some other crossovers new for 2012, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque rates highly not because it's a hybrid or a diesel, but because it's smaller than the typical offering from Land Rover, and has a suitably downsized engine to boot.
The Evoque's 2.0-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder is something we've seen before in other crossovers. In fact, it's closely related to the EcoBoost engines in the 2012 Ford Explorer and Ford Edge--a legacy of Ford's ownership of Land Rover until a few years ago. The Evoque's output is similar, at 240 horsepower, and its fuel economy ends up comparable to that of the EcoBoost Explorer--an EPA-estimated 19/28 mpg.
By shrinking the size of the vehicle, Land Rover argues, it's also been able to go with the four-cylinder and to cut weight all over the vehicle. The Evoque's curb weight checks in at just about 3600 pounds, without the kind of exotic aluminum construction that gets the Jaguar XJ sedan in the same weight class.
Land Rover also says each Evoque contains about 35 pounds of recycled plastics.
A diesel version of the Evoque is offered in European and other world markets, but it hasn't been confirmed for a spot in American showrooms.