By far the majority of Evoques will be sold with a diesel engine, and the good news is that it’s the same engine that also powers the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Jaguar XE. It comes in two forms – 148bhp and 178bhp – but so far we’ve only we tested the more powerful unit. When mated to the optional nine-speed automatic gearbox – which most buyers will opt for - it pulls with real strength and smoothness, getting this big SUV moving without any bother at all. You’ll rarely find any need to stray into the upper reaches of the rev range, whereupon the engine gets a little noisy. If you let this mid-range strength pull you along, you’ll make smooth progress most of the time, and in a way that stands comparison with the best in the class. Sadly, we say ‘most of the time’, because the combination isn’t quite perfect: every so often, the gearbox struggles to decide which of the nine ratios at its disposal is the right one. Choosing Sport mode goes some way to remedying this problem, but the downside is that it makes the engine hang on to higher revs for longer, thereby creating more noise. Even so, the auto’ ‘box is still preferable to the six-speed manual that’s available, which has a notchy, imprecise shift and a clutch pedal that’s both too heavy and too abrupt. Paired with the manual, the engine also feels rather flat if you let the revs fall too low (which the auto’ never allows), and it can leave you in the doldrums if you don’t make a downshift. If you prefer, you could go for the 2.0-litre petrol engine; but, while it gives strong performance overall, it needs working a fair bit harder, as it has less pulling power than the equivalent diesel.