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CarNut checks out the Range Rover Evoque

In the latest video from our friends at CarNut Steve and Cam take a look at the Range Rover Evoque P300, a small urban SUV from the legendary SUV maker.

Urban? Yeah, well it still has some decent off-road capabilities, however, with Land Rover's excellent Terrain Response system coming standard.

In our road test of the P300 late last year we loved the P300's first performance and vastly improved ride and handling, but were a bit taken aback by its fairly hefty fuel consumption, particularly given it is a hybrid.

To be fair, it is only a mild hybrid, but like everything that gets a version of JLR's 2.0-litre turbo petrol Ingenium engine, it is thirstier than you would expect.

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While those ill-advised (from a fuel consumption perspective) roof racks fitted to our test car would likely have been having a negative effect, even allowing for the fact that they can add up to 10 per cent to fuel consumption, the P300 never particularly convinces as a fuel-saver.

But the hybrid system does make the P300 the default performance version of the Evoque, being the fastest to 100km/h by close to a second - 6.6 seconds compared to 7.5 for the next quickest variant - and it packs a big, healthy chunk of torque that starts down low and hangs around well up into the rev range thanks to the combination of a turbo and electric boost.

"The P300 belts off the line from a standing start and the engine pulls confidently right across its rev range which, combined with its equally confident handling, makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and impressively sporty driving experience," we said at the time.

But the big question about the latest Evoque was always "is it a proper Range Rover?", and while the first generation struggled to convince us of that, this one certainly is.

The Evoque packs everything you would from a Range Rover into its smaller package, with a thoroughly superb interior, brilliantly comfortable seats with a commanding driving position and loads of tech.

That interior is a deeply impressive thing that is beautifully put together from high quality materials. Modern and spacious, belying the Evoque's relatively compact size, the level of standard equipment and sheer quality goes a long way towards justifying the small SUVs price premium.

As Steve and Cam point out in the video, the Volvo XC60 presents a strong competitor for the Evoque, but we also threw up an unexpected competitor in the form of the Porsche Macan, with the Rangie sitting right in between the entry-level four-cylinder 185kW Macan and the 260kW V6 Macan S in terms of both price and performance, but with a similarly prestigious badge.

If you enjoyed Steve and Cam's views on the Evoque you can check out more CarNut videos on Play Stuff, or at the CarNut website.