The Range Rover Evoque has won three top honours, including a reader award for in-car technology.
It has also been named the ‘SUV of the YEAR’ and the ‘Best Premium SUV,’ taking its total award to 161, said a statement.
In a recent survey, the Evoque scored a near-perfect 94 per cent when participants were asked to rate its cars’ audio and entertainment systems as well as other technology, such as phone connectivity and the user-friendliness of on-board computers.
Murray Dietsch, director of Land Rover Programmes, said: “To be recognised by magazine readers is a great honour. It confirms the success of our efforts in building a unique premium SUV that buyers find truly desirable. Land Rover has raised the standard of in-car technology to class-leading levels.”
The Range Rover Evoque includes a suite of customer focused in-car technologies and safety features with some dedicated purely to off-road capability.
The 4x4i system monitors the vehicle dynamics continuously, providing illustrated information through the infotainment display on the centre console, said the statement.
In addition to this, the Land Rover off-road navigation system provides a comprehensive aid to driving in unmapped areas, it said.
Its Wade Sensing uses sensors in the door mirrors to provide the driver with information when driving through water, which is particularly beneficial when visibility is poor and at night. A visual display and warning chimes alert the driver as the water level rises around the vehicle. Maximum wading depth for the Evoque is 500-mm.
The model’s surround cameras improve visibility and driver awareness using five digital cameras, discreetly placed around the vehicle, providing a near 360-degree, real-time view of the surrounding area.
Its Blind Spot Monitoring uses side-mounted radar sensors to survey potential blind spots behind or either side of the vehicle, while Closing Vehicle Sensing detects vehicles which are closing quickly from behind and could cause a threat during a lane change manoeuvre. Drivers are alerted by a rapid flashing of the Blind Spot warning light in the corresponding door mirror helping to improve awareness for faster reactions.
The ‘Reverse Traffic Detection’ is an additional enhancement to these systems and monitors traffic approaching from either side of the vehicle during a reversing manoeuvre. If a hazard is detected, the driver is swiftly informed via both audible and visual warnings.
The Eco-Drive feature provides a continuous flow of information and feedback via the 8-inch touchscreen, including instantaneous fuel consumption readings, historical data comparisons as well as tips on improving driving styles.