The Evoque’s steering is surprisingly quick to respond by SUV standards, which is great when you’re threading through urban backstreets, but it also makes the car feel nervous at higher speeds. And while the Evoque doesn’t sway about through corners like an old-school 4x4, neither does it change direction as sharply as rivals like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
The cheapest model gets front-wheel drive, while the four-wheel-drive models either have drive permanently sent to all wheels, or there’s an optional (standard on the Si4) 'Active Driveline' system, which allows the Evoque to run on front-wheel drive alone when it can, for better efficiency, before activating the four-wheel drive if it senses the need.
Either way, the Evoque does live up to Land Rover’s off-road credentials. All four-wheel-drive models come with a system that allows you to set the car’s system to best suit specific terrains, a 500mm wading depth is best-in-class, and 215mm ground clearance is better than most rivals, so you can be sure that a wet grassy field or some mud-wallowing is well within its capabilities.