2012 Range Rover Evoque is Motor Trend's SUV of the Year

Motor Trend has announced this year’s winner of the SUV of the Year award, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque.

According to Motor Trend, the “Evoque transcends conventional perceptions of a sport/utility vehicle; seamlessly combining sporty styling and agility, with off-road prowess and utility.”

This year the publication tested 10 SUV’s, which on off-road capability and ruggedness on a three-mile course of highly-challenging terrain, a 35-mile loop filled with twisting back roads, open highways and low speed in-town driving.

“The Evoque quickly emerged as the stand-out vehicle of this year’s field during our testing,” said Angus MacKenzie, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. “Its performance against the award criteria was very strong. With its dramatic styling, refined on-road manners, and impressive off-road ability, the Evoque sets the benchmark for the fast-growing compact luxury SUV class. Land Rover has a worldwide hit on its hands with the Range Rover Evoque.”

“The Motor Trend staff agreed the Evoque best fulfills its intended role as a compact luxury sport/utility vehicle, offering a high level of comfort and style and in a remarkably capable package.”