The original Evoque broke new ground for Land Rover when it was launched in 2011, with the futuristically-styled car taking the brand into a smaller SUV sector than before.
It also proved to be a major hit, selling 785,000 globally during its life, with 20% of these registered in the UK.
Although three-quarters of these were taken by retail customers, the model had plenty of fleet appeal, too, not least because of the availability of a model with CO2 emissions below 120g/km.
So if the original Evoque set a hard act to follow, how does its successor fare? The answer, in short, is very well.
A major part of its appeal will be its engine line-up. A plug-in hybrid variant powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an 80kw electric motor will be available within the next 12 months, but, until then, customers will have the choice of 150PS (D150), 180PS (D180) and 240PS (D240) versions of the Ingenium diesel engine.
All, except the 150PS unit in the front-wheel drive car, are the first engines to feature the manufacturer’s 48v mild hybrid technology, which Land Rover says reduces CO2 emissions by up to 8g/km and fuel consumption by up to 6%.
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This translates into official combined fuel economy of between 40.4mpg and 41.9mpg and CO2 of 149g/km to 163g/km for these engines.
However, it will be the 150PS FWD model (44.9mpg) which will be of most interest to fleets. As the only engine option which is RDE2-compliant, it means drivers will avoid paying the 4% diesel supplement as part of their benefit-in-kind tax bills.
With CO2 emissions from 143g/km and P11D prices from £31,030 for the entry-level Evoque equipment grade, 20% taxpayers could face a monthly BIK bill from £165.
Strong residual values are likely to help leasing rates as well: Cap HPI estimates the Evoque will retain an average 63% of its value across its range after three years/36,000 miles, a 10 percentage point increase on its predecessor.
If these sums stack up for a fleet and driver, then there is also much else to commend the SUV for.
From the outside, it is unmistakeably an Evoque, sharing the same sloping roofline and rising waistline as its predecessor.
The most noticeable updates are its slim LED head- and tail-lights and door handles which sit flush to the bodywork before emerging when the driver approaches – both features first seen on its bigger brother, the Velar.
The Evoque is available in four equipment grades: Evoque, S, SE and HSE. Standard across the range are automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, heated windscreen, two-zone climate control, heated front seats, 10-inch infotainment touchscreen and Bluetooth connectivity.
Driver assistance features include a rear camera, front and rear parking aid, emergency braking, lane keep assist and driver condition monitor, helping Evoque achieve a maximum five star Euro NCAP rating.
Stepping up to S adds larger wheels, leather seats, Navigation Pro and Connect Pro, auto-dimming heated door mirrors, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, while SE includes premium LED headlights, powered tailgate, and Park Pack, consisting of clear exit monitor, park assist and rear traffic monitor.
HSE adds upgraded leather seats, interior luxury pack, Meridian Sound System, ClearSight interior rear view mirror, powered gesture tailgate, keyless entry, blind spot assist, adaptive cruise control and high speed emergency braking.
Styling cues from the Velar such as a digital instrument cluster and dual infotainment screens also feature in the cabin, adding to the Evoque’s luxury feel. Quality of materials and build is excellent.
The interior is also more spacious than before: for example, rear knee room has increased by 20mm despite the car being just 1mm longer, while the boot – at 472 litres – has grown by 10%. In comparison, the Volvo XC40’s boot is 432 litres and the BMW X1’s 505 litres.
The feeling of luxury the Evoque’s interior exudes is reflected on the road. During our test route on a mixture of roads, it proved to be exceptionally refined and comfortable.
Performance from the D150 engine was adequate, but the nicely-weighted direct steering made it enjoyable to drive.
These qualities, combined with its eye-catching looks, true Range Rover luxury and RDE2 engine, mean its success story looks set to continue for some time yet.
Specifications shown for Evoque D150 HSE.