Top Gear magazine has officially named the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque its Car Of The Year for 2011 after snagging top honors in the SUV category. Perhaps even more impressively, Jeremy Clarkson also named the Evoque his favorite vehicle of 2011. The compact luxury SUV faced off against the likes of the BMW 1 Series M Coupe, McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari FF among more common offerings. Top Gear celebrated in classic style by taking the Evoque on an African adventure through the deserts and mountains of Morocco. Sure beats handing an anonymous executive some cheesy trophy on stage.

Readers can find the full tale in any of the magazine's 29 international editions. Clarkson was joined by Richard Hammond, James May, Top Gear magazine editor-in-chief Charlie Turner and the publication's full editorial and road testing staff in picking the 2011 car of the year. The crew isn't the only batch of writers to honor the Evoque. The model has soaked up 34 international awards since it debuted. Follow the jump for the full press release.
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Whitley, Warwickshire, 30 November 2011 - BBC TopGear Magazine have named the new Range Rover Evoque as their 2011 Car of the Year. The Evoque came top in the SUV category of the annual awards and was also picked by TopGear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson as his favourite new car this year.

The Evoque beat stiff competition from the BMW 1 Series M, Mclaren MP4 12c, Ferrari FF, VW Up! and Kia Picanto to scoop the coveted Car of the Year title. The awards are officially announced in the December issue of BBC TopGear Magazine, which is on sale in the UK now. With 29 international editions, BBC TopGear is read by an estimated 12 million people worldwide.

To celebrate the award, TopGear took a Range Rover Evoque on an African adventure through the souks, deserts and mountain passes of Morocco to fully experience the superb all-round capability and outstanding performance offered by this year's winning car. The full story is featured alongside the Car of the Year Awards in all 29 international editions of the magazine.

The judging panel, headed up by BBC TopGear Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Charlie Turner, comprised members of the magazine's editorial and road testing team, together with the three TopGear TV presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

Commenting on the awards, Turner said: "Judging the TopGear Magazine cars of the year takes a lot of time, coffee and shouting. But, strangely, when it came to the choosing the overall winner, the yelling softened to agreement. Universal approval from the most opinionated minds in the industry is almost unheard of. Which gives you some idea of just how good the Range Rover Evoque, TopGear's 2011 Car of the Year, really is."

As well as triumphing in the SUV and overall Car of the Year categories, the Evoque was also chosen by presenter Jeremy Clarkson as his personal choice for Car of the Year. Summing up his decision, he says:"There have been many great cars launched over the last 12 months....But these are just one-trick ponies. The Evoque is more than that. Its a pony that is also a racehorse, a shire horse, a dray horse, a show jumper and an easy rosette-winner in the dressage competition. Its brilliant. And its the Top Gear Car of the Year."

The Top Gear Award represents the 34th international award for the Range Rover Evoque since its launch earlier this year. Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards, welcomed the news saying:

"The Range Rover Evoque has generated an unprecedented response in all of our global markets and has been particularly successful in attracting new customers to the Land Rover brand. The TopGear Car of the Year award is further recognition that the Evoque offers a unique combination of distinctive premium design and outstanding performance underpinned by Land Rover's legendary all terrain capability. The car's success is testament to the skill and commitment of the design and engineering teams in delivering a vehicle that meets the original product vision.

The TopGear Magazine Award is certainly one of the most coveted titles in the industry and we are naturally extremely pleased and excited that Evoque has been crowned overall Car of the Year 2011."

The Range Rover Evoque has been on sale in the UK since September and is available in two body styles (five door or coupé), with a number of engine and transmission combinations. The Evoque also offers the opportunity for a high level of personalisation with three distinct design themes and a wide range of options, accessories and colour choice.

The Evoque has this month also been recognised by a number of external industry bodies in the UK including Euro NCAP, who awarded a 5* safety rating and Glass's and CAP Monitor who have predicted outstanding residual values. The Vehicle Certification Agency has also awarded the Evoque LCA certification for the comprehensive lifecycle analysis study carried out by Land Rover's environment and sustainability team.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a "fashionista" vehicle with pricing to match, unfortunately once the makeup is removed there is nothing of any consequential value. -- Engines choices are adequate at best: 2.0 Ecoboost, 2.2 turbodiesel -- AWD system is Haldex IV, great for light off-road use but lacking a true LSD, IMO Subaru's AWD system is the best for CUV applications -- Infamous Adobe FLASH-based infotainment system -- Poor visibility, those panels are Camaro-slick -- Limited cargo capacity, important factor in this segment IMO the rakish design will get dated very soon, the Isuzu VehiCross still trumps any crossover-coupe design. In fact, the VehiCross has true off-road capabilities with some trick shock solutions for on-road handling. Granted the utilitarian interior was directly transplanted from the Trooper. I wish some replaced the Kia Sportage's badges with the Evoque's and did a street "desirability" test similar to Autoexpress's survey: Finally, pricing: hits $60k in no time!
      • 3 Years Ago
      As the current design trend of SUV goes, one day we will see a tank with few windows
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      A recent review in a car magazine (cant remember which one) summed this thing up perfectly. Theres plenty of SUV's that are just as good as this thing and cheaper. But people will buy this because its a Range Rover and its very different looking.
      • 3 Years Ago
      they voted this piece of **** over ALL the other oh so much more worthwhile cars,...just amazing,...amazingly BAD!,...usually get a kick out of the 3 boys,...but this really shows bad judgement on their part,...their fellow brit car mag competition, EVO, just did it TOTALLY RIGHT!,...and awarded car of the year to porsche's outstanding 911gt3rs 4. liter,...a magnificent choice,...and THE RIGHT CHOICE!,'s 458 italia just barely lost,...another excellent choice,...either one is what should have one top gears choice,...but then again,...opinions are like ******** right?,...everybody's got one!
      • 3 Years Ago
      In terms of design, especially in the small crossover arena, the Land Rover looks like nothing else on the road. I am definitely considering it as my next car, it would be a great looking daily driver.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Read about it forever now, and love all the images and everything I read. Saw it in person and the styling is just ok, lots of quirky details that seem strange. I love small cars, but why bother with a 4 door on this because you cant fir a kid in the back seat.... really strange how it showed so well in the magazines, but in person it kinka is lacking
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe They MEANT " LEMON OF THE YEAR?"
      • 3 Years Ago
      According to Top Gear, England also makes the best Mexican food.
      Ghetto Cat
      • 3 Years Ago
      A lot of cars never make it to the US. I mean you just don't see many Roadsters.
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        You really trust J.D. Powers? They were all over Hyundai a few years ago when they were all getting half their slated mpg ratings. Land Rovers did used to be built like crap, but they've actually made big strides from the Freelander days...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Range Rover is physical proof that the Americans don't understand the British sense of humor.
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