Our cars: Range Rover Evoque - April 2012
Week ending April 20
Driven this week: 600 miles
Range Rover Evoque review
The Evoque might be a bit of a style icon, but it also has to be practical. Last weekend Mrs Mac and I filled it to the gunnels with garden rubbish for a trip to the local recycling centre.
It acquitted itself pretty well, in fact, managing the whole clearing session – which included the remains of the Christmas spruce (ahem) and the top half of a rampant bay tree – in a couple of runs, with the rear seats lowered. The mechanism was easy enough to operate, and the resulting loadbay was wide and reasonably deep, if it a little shallow.
The outing was also my wife’s first experience of driving the car. She was impressed at how it ‘shrank around her’ to feel less intimidating to drive than she’d expected. ‘Mind you, it’s lucky it’s got a reversing camera,’ she added, ‘because you’d have hardly any rear visibility otherwise.’
John's Range Rover Evoque on video
Week ending April 13
Driven this week: 350
The Range Rover Evoque came to the rescue the other evening - of something considerably older and more fragile. A few years ago, you see, I bought a Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, the car I lusted after in my youth. I enjoyed it for a while. Then it broke down. Then I lost the key to its lock-up. Then I met a girl, got married, and, well, you get the rest.
It’s been almost six years since I last saw the Sunbeam, in fact (yes, I know, I know…) but last week, after much cajoling from friends and colleagues, I went back to get it out. First step? Blowing up four extremely flat tyres (and hoping they’d hold air long enough for me to get the car onto a trailer).
The Evoque came in handy because the garage has no power, and I’d still be going now if I’d resorted to a foot-pump. I just had to ‘soft-press’ the baby Rangie’s starter switch to get the electrics fired up, then the 12-volt socket in the boot was conveniently positioned for me to connect up a portable compressor. The Sunbeam could be freed (I’m now waiting for the potential costs of recommissioning the engine).
Interesting, though, how car sizes have changed. The Talbot was a small family car back in 1982. It fits into the standard-sized lock-up with room to spare. I doubt the Evoque could squeeze in, even with the wing mirrors folded.