Our cars: Range Rover Evoque - August
Range Rover Evoque
Miles this week 457
Range Rover Evoque review
I jumped at the chance to grab the keys to our Evoque for a run to Manchester to meet up with mates recently but was surprised to find I couldn't get my golf clubs, shoes and trolley in the boot. After all, if ever a car seems destined to be a common sight in the golf club car park, surely the sharp-suited Evoque is it.
So it proved. A fellow Evoque driver (SD4, three-door, red with a black roof) sauntered up to me in golf club car park and we exchanged views on what worked and didn't. We both loved the looks but agreed that the economy was bit short of what we hoped, although his claimed 38mpg is a few stronger than our car has averaged.
When I moaned about the golf club provision, he looked surprised. I lifted my stuff from the boot and he managed to pack it all in the boot easily, loading the clubs in head first into a cut-out on the drive's side boot trim panel. Even with trolley and shoes, it all fitted neatly.
Now I know my clubs can be securely stowed out of sight, I'll grab the keys a bit more often.
By Nigel Donnelly
Week ending August 2
Miles this week 470
I unashamedly snapped up the keys to our long term Evoque again this week – it has such presence in the car park that it’s often hard to resist.
Shortly after the car’s first appearance, many people commented on how many times the Range Rover brand appears on and inside the Evoque – apparently there are more than 20 references to it.
This is no accident. JLR was determined to drum home the message that this had all the credentials of its big brothers, and wasn’t just a fashionable soft-roader. In fairness, the Evoque lives up to the billing off-road – of course it’s not quite as capable as its full-sized siblings, but it still impresses.
However, on the road, this car feels nothing like the traditional Range Rovers that came before it, but that’s no bad thing. The Evoque feels relatively light and agile, with quick and accurate steering. When the 188bhp diesel in our car is on song, it’s got decent pace as well.
My weekend spent exploiting the Evoque’s dynamic ability has made me eager to know whether the rumoured hot version with around 300bhp will come to market. Given the strengths of the car as it is, I reckon a performance version could be a corker.
By Ed Callow