The cheapest and most efficient Evoque comes with a 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine. Badged eD4, it is available only with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox.
The performance of this model leaves a little to be desired, so we’d opt for the 178bhp TD4 engine with four-wheel drive. You can have this with a six-speed manual gearbox or, for a bit extra, the more appropriate nine-speed automatic. Straight-line performance still isn’t sparkling compared with, say, an Audi Q3, but there’s enough urgency from low revs to keep pace with fast-moving traffic.
If you fancy more performance and are happy to take the extra running costs, there’s the 237bhp 2.0 SD4 240 that’ll get you from 0-60mph in just 6.9sec. This adds an extra wedge of straight-line performance as well as more flexibility due to its stronger mid-range welly.
We’d definitely take the SD4 diesel over the 237bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol, badged Si4 240. Why? Well, the latter merely matches the diesel’s pace at the expense of a big hit to CO2 emissions and fuel economy. And if running costs really aren’t a concern to you, you might as well plump for the 286bhp 2.0 Si4 290. This delivers the fastest acceleration in the Evoque range (0-60mph in 6.0sec) and feels every bit as quick in reality.
While we recommend the nine-speed automatic gearbox over the manual versions (on those engines where it’s not standard), it isn’t perfect. It can be hesitant initially off the line and when you kick down to go for an overtake.