A look at the nine-speed Range Rover Evoque

A look at the nine-speed Range Rover Evoque

The new 2014 Range Rover Evoque SD4 Dynamic Lux sees some significant changes, with the most notable being the nine-speed automatic gearbox. This gearbox makes the Evoque more efficient on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions; the original six-speed automatic is 16% less fuel efficient than the new transmission, according to the company.

The nine gears are not obvious when driving around town or on a motorway; however, put the transmission wheel into S for Sport mode and there is a much better throttle response and a more efficient pick-up when the car comes out of a corner.

To step up the performance even further, select Dynamic mode and the instrumentation cluster will turn a dark and angry shade of red. The main difference with a nine-speed box in this mode is that it will hold onto the gears - something that it it not possible to achieve even when in Sports mode.

The Dynamic mode setting is the ultimate for 'hard driving', and the centre display panel display goes from innocent-looking white to fearsome red as the 4,500rpm line is passed.

The Evoque's nine-speed is smooth, fast and economical in terms of fuel and emissions - provided that it is driven in the correct mode.  More gears save fuel by having smaller 'steps' between them. Another advantage is that the nine-speed software facilitates less body roll and a sharper change of direction.