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Land Rover has added its RDE2-compliant diesel engine to its Evoque compact SUV, making it the first model in its class to be offered with a tax-dodging engine.

Although RDE2-compliant engines are mandatory from January 2020 onwards for new models, Jaguar Land Rover – and other brands, such as Mercedes and BMW – are introducing compliant engines ahead of time.

At present, just the D150 model in Front Wheel Drive guise has passed the more rigorous testing procedure.

RDE2-compliant units do not incur the 4% Benefit-in-Kind surcharge currently levied on diesel company cars. This means a 20% taxpayer choosing the entry-level Evoque trim will pay a monthly BIK bill of £165. If the car was not RDE2 compliant, this would be £186.

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As part of the RDE testing protocols, new vehicles are put through a series of tests designed to reflect real world driving more accurately. This can include various combinations of different driving styles, varying vehicle loads to take into account passengers and luggage, cold starts, warmer weather conditions and undulating routes.

Nick Rogers, executive director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Meeting the standards for this certification almost two years ahead of schedule is a real achievement and a result of collaboration within our engineering team to develop advanced engine and exhaust technologies. The new Range Rover Evoque uses a low-friction engine design which has reduced real-world driving NOx emissions by 90% since 2010, demonstrating vast progress for Jaguar Land Rover. Independent groups, including AIR Index (Allow Independent Road-testing) and ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club), are verifying that our diesels are some of the cleanest available.”