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The stunning Range Rover Evoque has already bagged the Car of the Year in the Auto Express Weekly’s New Car Awards.

Auto Express is Britain’s biggest selling automotive magazine with over 60,000 copies sold each week, which also named the Evoque the Best Compact SUV, while the Land Rover Discovery 4 took out the Best Large SUV for the second consecutive year.

 The magazine’s editor, Graham Hope, got it right when he said: The Evoque puts the hugely desirable Range Rover brand with the reach of the compact executive buyers for the very first time.

“The winner of the Auto Express Car of the Year prize really needs to break the mould – and the Range Rover Evoque does exactly that. You only have at its concept car styling to see why the British firm already has such a bulging order book for the new baby of its range. It’s appeal goes way beyond its distinctive styling.”

Land Rover’s Managing Director in the UK, Colin Green, was also delighted with the win when he said: “The first production Evoque was driven off the line at land Rover’s Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool only last month. To receive an accolade such as this so soon, and from a such a respected journal as Auto Express, is a huge boost for the talented and dedicated professionals who have worked so hard and so long to bring the Evoque to market.”

Land Rover Australia has told CarAdvice that the first year’s Evoque production has been all but sold out.

Australia sales are also likely to boost Evoque numbers further with a choice of three engines and three trim levels, which Land Rover are calling design themes. There will be a wide range of options too, but with prices starting as low as $49,995 for the eD4 Pure 5-Door Evoque to the top shelf Si4 6-speed automatic Prestige Coupe for $77,395 expect to see plenty of Evoques here in Australia too.