Let's be honest: the Evoque is not a Range Rover. At 172 in (4369 mm) long, it could be and, for this chapter, this is brilliant. You can cruise around the city just like in your average hatchback.
The hefty ground clearance allows you to neglect road imperfections, but the suspension doesn't, especially if you have the 20-inch rims everybody wants.
The petrol version we tested has enough grunt to allow you to do anything you like inside the city. However, you will find yourself oscillating between the "drive" and "sport" modes of the otherwise excellent ZF six-speed transmission, as the first brings a slight delay in case of "emergency", while the latter makes things too tense for everyday driving.
The visibility will take quite some time to get used, as the high and compact glass area has its price. As for the optional rear parking camera, it's a must.
The fuel consumption for this top version fitted with the 240 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine sits at around 15 liters per 100 km (15.6 mpg) inside the city, but this doesn't seem so much if you consider that it's about the same as what you get in a hot hatch, which is around 700 lbs (300+ kg) lighter.
Don't be fooled by the high loading area, shopping will be fully covered by the generously-sized luggage area. But your wife doesn't need to buy anything else. Once you're in an Evoque, all eyes will be on you and her.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Yo! Bro! Have you seen the way this car looks? It's illegally hot.Those 20s alone would make me want to roll through my area until the fuel runs out. Off-roading with 20-inch rims in a car the size of a Golf is about as cool as life gets.
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