Vijay Pattni10 November 2010

Five-door Range Rover Evoque revealed

What's more practical than an Evoque with three doors? One with five doors, naturally

Five-door Evoque revealed

Land Rover has revealed a five-door version of its pop-tastic Range Rover Evoque. And at first glance, it is completely pointless.

Bear with us. The three-door Evoque is a zeitgeisty manifestation of how our modern world works; utility on the back shelf, looks, style and 'verve' proudly on perma-tanned display. That's why Brand Victoria Beckham and other slebs are busy trafficking its wares across the globe. And, it does at least fulfil the good-looking part.

This new one, however, moves it closer to 'practical'. But Land Rover already makes a Freelander, a Range Rover and Defender. All superbly practical and classy. So where does the five-door Evoque fit?

More of that in a sec. First up, the new Evoque is pretty much identical to the three-door coupe - engines, suspension, lightweight construction et al - but those two extra entrance passages at the back mean it's 30mm taller than the coupe, while rear passengers get 50mm more shoulder room.

See more pics of the five-door Range Rover Evoque

Max boot space clocks in at 1,445 litres. Land Rover assures us that 'the five-door Evoque has the same sporting character as the coupe', and will offer up four-wheel drive and the option of two-wheel drive as well.

Prices will start at £30,000, creeping in at just under the asking price of the outgoing BMW X3, but a couple of grand over the base Audi Q5. This, actually, is where it might work. Those two are staid, boring Germanic boxes which tick, erm, the boxes. The five-door Evoque will at least appeal to the family man after a car of this class, who possesses 'heart'. It will hit showrooms in summer 2011, built in Merseyside. Whaddya' reckon?

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