DIY Servicing: Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4
Increased complication means the first-generation Evoque isn’t a simple proposition to service at home. However, an interim service shouldn’t be too much of a stretch, says Richard Gunn.
The Land Rover range is a bit confusing. The old hierarchy of Defender, Freelander, Discovery and Range Rover was somewhat easier to understand than all the Discovery Sports and Range Rover Velars of today. The Evoque, however, seems to have been a success.
Pitched as a subcompact luxury crossover SUV, which put it in a similar market segment to the older Freelander, the Evoque was launched in 2011. Based on Land Rover’s LRX concept car of 2008, it initially came in three- and fivedoor forms, followed by the bathtub-like convertible in 2017. Available as frontwheel drive, plus the inevitable fourwheel drive, the range of engines ran from 2.0 petrol and diesel units through to a 2.2 diesel, which is the one we’re looking at here, in automatic form. Trim levels were Pure – Land Rover-speak for the base model – along with the slightly more swanky Pure Plus, the performanceoriented Dynamic and the luxurious Prestige. Our example is the last of these.
The Evoque is a complex machine and certain jobs are most easily done using diagnostic equipment, such as removing the rear brake pads or calipers. However, there is a manual procedure for this: Turn on the ignition, leaving the engine off. Press and hold the parking brake switch in the ‘off’ position for two seconds. Press and hold down the throttle pedal for two seconds. Turn the ignition off and then on again quickly. You will hear the parking brake wind off and ‘Service mode’ will appear on the screen. To revert to normal mode, it’s the same procedure except that you pull up the parking brake switch.
On our vehicle, the fuel filter was not renewed, because it wasn’t due at this interim service. Nevertheless, even without a spare wheel or automatic transmission fluid check plug to deal with, there should be plenty else to keep you occupied. Equipment required
› Small inspection mirror › torch › flat-head and crosshead screwdrivers › funnel › jack › axle stands › waste oil container › sockets and spanners › pliers › tyre tread depth checker › wheel brace › long bar › antifreeze hydrometer › wire brush › electronic brake/clutch fluid checker › abrasive paper › copper grease › general purpose grease › spray grease › tyre pump
› torque wrench › rags for cleaning › disposable gloves › electronic diagnostic tool recommended.