Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic Feb 10, 2019 19:16:40 GMT
Post by michael on Feb 10, 2019 19:16:40 GMT
Courtesy car lottery gave me an opportunity to have a go in one of Land Rover's most popular models this weekend, the Evoque.
I've not really spent much time in one of these so it was interesting to have a go. This one had 300 miles on the clock when I collected it and it's pretty laden with equipment like the panoramic roof, 20" wheels, full leather and so on. I think it has the ingenium 2 litre diesel and a 9 speed automatic box.
First off, it is very easy to see why they have sold well. As a static thing they're very appealing with good looks, impressive interior and a general specialness to them you don't get with a lot of rivals. This colour combination looked quite dull and it is showing its age particularly around the back but the new one is ready so that's hardly surprising.
It's obviously not a rival to my Discovery so it isn't really fair to compare but that's what I've got to go on and they're very different. The Evoque is far more car like to sit in, you sit far lower and the cabin feels a lot more snug - I imagine without the glass roof it could feel claustrophobic. The rear visibility isn't the best but it has a reverse camera for parking and the door mirrors are big enough. One thing I've never noticed on these, and it annoys me for no reason I can explain, but the rear wiper doesn't do a 'there and back' sweep on the intermittent setting. Instead it wipes to one side, pauses, then wipes to the other and so on. Can't explain why it bothers me but it does. It didn't have interior grab handles, either.
To drive it really is a very different to beast to the larger LR products. It's much more car like and the engine and gearbox are much more eager, bordering on frantic compared to the more wafty larger models. It's not a relaxing driver, the ride is pretty crashy on the big wheels and it's surprisingly loud but the handling is impressive with darty steering, little roll and great road holding.
Overall, nice thing but not for me.I can see why it does so well, however, and it'll be interesting to see what the new one is like when that hits the road.