The new Evoque is the smallest car Range Rover has ever sold, and we use the word "car" deliberately.
The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque skews far more toward what most people expect from a passenger car than it does the go-anywhere, climb-anything luxury sport utility vehicles that Range Rover has sold since 1970.
It's the first four-cylinder Range Rover, using a 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged engine that it calls "Si4" but Americans might know better as the EcoBoost option newly offered this year in Ford Edge and Ford Explorer models.
The engine puts out plenty of punch through the six-speed automatic transmission, though there's enough whistle and turbo lag that drivers will be aware that this Range Rover no longer sleeps with torquey sixes and V-8s.
For fuel economy, the results are mixed: The estimated EPA ratings for the 2012 Evoque are 19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 22 or 23 mpg.
And the entire car's been built around the...
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