Landrover Evoque in the driving report: what good is the plug-in hybrid?

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Dhat is called model policy: Politicians decide that electric driving is environmentally friendly, so car manufacturers are giving their models an auxiliary electric motor. Land Rover also moves with the times, and so the smallest in the range is now a plug-in hybrid in its latest version as the Evoque P 300e, it is at the top of the range in terms of price and performance.

Lukas Weber

Editor in the “Technology and Engine” section.

In the club, the two hearts promise a lively development of strength. A turbo gasoline engine with 200 HP (147 kW) and 280 Nm of torque on the wheels turns at the front, an electric motor with 109 HP (80 kW) acts on the rear. This results in a system output of 309 hp and 540 Nm as well as a car that is sometimes with front-wheel and sometimes with rear-wheel drive or as an all-wheel drive. In pure electric mode, we got 67 km with the Evoque and the most delicate gas foot, which is even a little more than the norm, then, according to the measuring device, 17.78 kWh were tapped from the 230 volt socket into the nominal 15 kWh battery.

That is a good value for a hybrid, the locomotion is of course leisurely because the electric motor has to move a good 2.2 tonnes and ends at 135 km / h, which is more theoretical because it drains the battery in no time. The wallbox can also be used for single-phase charging with 7 kW, if the box allows it, and even direct current with up to 32 kW is possible.

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The hybrid is also economical in pure gasoline mode; it then generates the electricity for the electric boost itself. On the country road we achieved consumption of 6 liters per 100 kilometers, the overall average was just over 8. The performance is always sufficient, the sprint to 100 km / h is over after 6.4 seconds, from 170 to a top speed of 213 km / h h of course it will be tough. Which brings us to the downsides: The only 1.5-liter engine is a muscle man with a weak heart, the lack of torque is honestly covered up by the early and gently shifting eight-speed automatic in conjunction with the electric motor. When accelerating sharply at the intersection, the latter initially pushes tiredly, after a moment of thought the automatic has shifted down and the engine reports a bit blaring, then it continues vehemently. In normal operation, however, you hardly notice it.

Externally, the compact SUV with a body length of 4.37 meters is unchanged.

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Landrover Evoque P300e

Externally, the compact SUV with a body length of 4.37 meters is unchanged, the rising belt line and the sloping roof give it an extreme wedge shape, which is obviously appreciated by many customers, but cuts the height of the cargo space and the headroom at the rear. The former also suffers from a rising surface when the bench is folded down. If the backrest is upright, the passengers can still sit comfortably in the back and in the front in the best possible way on electrically adjustable seats. The ambience seems noble, only a few cheap plastic parts on the edge of the seat, which protest under the weight of the bare bones when getting out, and a peeling rubber on the door edge spoiled the positive overall impression.

Three displays delight the driver and front passenger, they are kept in an attractive dark tone, but are difficult to read when the sun is shining. We don’t know what the designers were thinking when they came up with the controls. There are praiseworthy rotary knobs for the heating, but they are also intended to command the blower and must be changed on the lower display. And switching from current travel information to routes A or B, for example, is a sheer imposition. On the other hand, the terrain characteristics are good for an SUV, and the camera impresses with its perspectives.

Overall, the Evoque leaves an ambivalent impression. At self-confident prices of around 56,000 euros upwards, there is a chic car with moderate consumption and respectable performance, but also with the general weaknesses of many hybrids. You have to want to live with them.

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