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Opening up a new marketDriven Range Rover Evoque ED4 2.2 2WD - on sale nowBy Tom SeymourThe runaway success story of the Evoque continues with the launch of a two-wheel drive model which could unlock the door to the corporate market for Range Rover.A 75kg weight reduction on the Evoque ED4 drops CO2 emissions down from 144g/km on the four-wheel drive version to 133g/km and improves fuel efficiency from 49.6mpg up to 56.5mpg.Like the 2WD Freelander ED4 - on sale since last year - it's hoped the Evoque ED4 will make its way on to user chooser lists with companies that have 4x4 restrictions in place.Land Rover believes there are 472 companies that represent a market of 60,000 fleet vehicles that have 4x4 exclusions in place.It will be interesting to see how well sales do pick up as the number of Evoque buyers that will use or need 4WD capabilities is arguably minimal. There's a £750 price difference between the 4WD and its 2WD equivalent so customers could save cash, get improved fuel economy and the benefit of lower taxation.If an Evoque customer happens to fancy some off-roading in their 2WD model, they will be pleased to know it can perform pretty well when faced with some challenging terrain. It powered up some pretty steep inclines and waded through water with ease.Cosmetically, the 2WD and 4WD are identical; the only hint of change is the rear badging and the lack of Terrain Response system.The ED4 is still chunky and feels solid on the road, but that weight reduction is noticeable with slightly lighter steering.Interior quality on the Pure trim tested is high and the seats are supportive and extremely comfortable. The 2.2-litre diesel still offers the same 148bhp power output, but torque is reduced slightly from 400lb/ft to 380 lb/ft.There's still plenty of power and the ED4 will swiftly accelerate up to 62mph in 10.6 seconds, only very slightly slower than the 4WD's 10.3.Ride quality was thoroughly tested at Land Rover's Gaydon proving track and suspension is quite firm when rocking over the type of bumps that crop up across Britain's roads. Handling is tight and the ED4 is smooth, quiet when cruising and still lively enough to be enjoyable when driven quickly.SpecificationPrice £27,955Engine 2.2-litre dieselPerformance 0-62mph 10.6secs, top speed 112mphTransmission 6-sp manualEfficiency 56.5mpg; 133g/km CO2RV (3yr/30k) TBCRivals Audi A3 sportsback, Volvo XC60, BMW 320d SE

By Tim RoseThis car has to be the saviour of the Lexus UK retail network. It has put the brand back on the road to five figure annual registrations, and finally offered eco-minded business motorists an affordable, hybrid executive hatchback. While it doesn't match the miles per gallon of modern low emissions diesel rivals, its low CO2 petrol-electric hybrid ensures company car user-choosers benefit from the lowest 10% rate of benefit-in-kind tax, zero-cost VED plus lower prices fill-ups at the pump. In addition, due to its 94g/km emissions, businesses buying the car can claim a 100% write-down capital allowance, making it financially attractive.Being seen to be green doesn't mean the CT200h skimps on executive toys. This F-Sport derivative gets sports suspension and bodystyling, leather upholstery, 17in alloys, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and Bluetooth. Our test car also came with the £1,850 optional full map navigation pack, which includes a CD-changer and reversing camera. It's a worthwhile investment, although its joystick-like multimedia controller takes some getting used to.After a week living with the CT200h, it appeared the key aspect to best use of this car is to drive it just like any other. I found the ability to select EV mode more frustrating than anything. Pressing the button on entering Birmingham's suburbs created a feeling of rising above the polluting crowd, only to plunge back down to earth within the space of merely two miles when the car switched back into petrol mode as the battery drained. The button seems pointless other than highlighting that the car has an electric mode. It seems better to leave the decision when to enter EV mode to the car's on-board computer.Indeed the computer does a far better job. Drivers can select between eco, normal and sport modes, which allow the engine management system to alter the car's responsiveness. Handily, colour-changing backlighting and a display in the dash keeps the driver informed of how they're doing.Essentially CT200h gives business motorists another option to add to their shortlists. The pressure, then, will be on their local Lexus dealership to prove its case. SpecificationPrice £27,850Engine 1.8-litre petrol hybrid: 98bhpPerformance 0-62mph 10.3sec, top speed 113mphTransmission CVT autoEfficiency 68.9mpg, 94g/km CO2RV (3yr/30k) TBCRivals Nissan Leaf, VW Golf BluemotionNew car marketNewsDealerprofileUsed car analysisInsight:RecruitmentPeugeot UKNewsdigestNew carnewsDriven Lexus CT200h F-Sport - on sale nowLeave it to the computer