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Few cities blend rich heritage with modernity quite like Athens. The birthplace of European culture and home of the Acropolis and Parthenon may be steeped in the splendour of the past, but it’s also very much a city bursting with contemporary style and energy. Which makes it the perfect location to test the new Range Rover Evoque, a modern motoring icon that changed the world of SUVs and transformed Land Rover into a global design leader. If the Acropolis shaped the architecture and culture of the world, the Series 1 Land Rover gave motoring a vehicle that was to become an institution. But times move on, as illustrated by the plethora of striking modern buildings that now happily “IF THE EXTERIOR share Athens’ skyline alongside the architectural IS AN EVOLUTION, icons of the past. With the original Evoque, STEP INSIDE Land Rover created that AND YOU'LL SEE priceless commodity of ‘timeless’ design, a vehicle A REVOLUTION that looked so right from IN MATERIALS, launch that only smart evolution has been needed. TECHNOLOGY The new car is instantly recognisable. AND LUXURY. My first sight of the new THE NEW EVOQUE Range Rover Evoque told me immediately that the designers IS EVERY INCH A have hit the sweet spot again, with a vehicle that instantly RANGE ROVER” stands out from the crowd. The beautiful Seoul Pearl Silver is one of an array of exterior colours that is sure to please any image-conscious owner. The exterior changes are subtle, but eye-catching details – such as ultra slim LED headlights and grille, flush door handles and elegant wrap-around rear lights – give it a more sophisticated and mature look. If the exterior is an evolution, step inside and you'll see a revolution in materials, technology and luxury. The new Evoque is every inch a Range Rover, comparable with its range-topping big brothers. Anything you touch has a quality feel, from the rich soft leather * that covers everything from the seats to the dashboard and doors, to the Kvadrat option which offers a radical premium eco-friendly cloth alternative to leather trim. Instant connectivity and the latest technology are an essential part of any modern car, and the Evoque now boasts a double screen infotainment system * that fits beautifully into the dashboard and centre console, to give the cabin a clean, uncluttered and logical appeal. Driver and passengers are linked up ** to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay * , plus six USB ports and a 4G Wi-Fi * Hotspot. I enjoyed the instant access to my own music playlist (the local radio was not quite to my taste). As I set off into Athens’ manic early morning traffic, the first thing I noticed was how quiet things were in the Evoque cabin – it is an oasis of luxurious calm. The lack of noise highlights the significant improvements made by Land Rover to soundproofing and refinement. I drove the 2-litre turbocharged petrol and diesel versions and they both deliver smooth, lively performance. The nine-speed automatic gearbox is slick, with a sportier traditional gear lever replacing the rotary shift of the original. But undoubtedly the big step forward is that, in a first for Land Rover, both petrol and diesel engines get a mild 48V hybrid system which basically captures energy that would normally be lost in deceleration and stores it in a small battery. The bonus for owners is that when you pull away, this energy is redeployed to assist the engine, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions. A full plug-in hybrid, powered by a three-cylinder petrol engine, will follow later this year. You will appreciate the increased space in the back seats where adults can now sit comfortably, while boot space increases to 591 litres, enough for two big suitcases. But the clever bit is that the Evoque is the same compact size, just with a longer wheelbase that delivers the extra space, and that means you can slip * Optional features. ** In-car features should be used only when safe to do so. Drivers must be in full control of the vehicle at all times. 28
From narrow alleyways to sweeping thoroughfares, the new Range Rover Evoque is right at home in the city, thanks to its compact footprint, plush cabin and lively performance 29
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