We've been asked the same question from the first day we set foot on the Evoque's pedals: how does it handle off-roading? We can't help it wonder how many units of the car will actually get mud inside the engine compartment like the one we tested. Since the answer is single-digit percent, we'll start with the on-road part of this chapter.
The Evoque we tested was powered by a Ford EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine that delivers 240 hp and a peak torque of 251 lb-ft (340 Nm). a hothatch-arian engine. This is no metaphor- any stretch of asphalt traveled in the Evoque Si4 will convince you that you are driving a hot hatch.
Yes, the automatic torque converter gearbox isn't quite what you'd find in a go-fast hatchback, but the guys over at a shop called ZF managed to make it feel sporty when this is required. For example, the steering wheel paddles actually work, whether we're talking about upshift times or double downshifts.
The engine-gearbox couple somehow manage to fool the 3,600+ lbs of the car (1650 kg) of the car, convincing them to go faster than the power-to-weight ration suggests they should. You get a swift start if you play with both pedals, a 0 to 62 sprint time of 7.6 seconds and good in-gear acceleration times.
However, as you pass into the right half of the speedometer, the laws of physics start to surface and the car starts to lose its agility. The acceleration is still good, but the top speed only sits at 130 mph (210 km/h).
The suspension is pretty stiff (although in the soft to medium area if viewed through hot hatch segment lenses) and. together with the four-wheel-drive system, invites to push the car ever harder through the bends.
As for the brakes, these deliver much more stopping power than you expect if you judge them by their 20-inch covers, which really make them seem undersized.
When you drive this car full throttle, it feels fast and sounds like it should. The considerable weight disadvantage compared to an actual hot hatch, as well as the seriously higher center of gravity means that you won't get that extreme experience, but you do get surprisingly close.
However, unlike in a hot hatch, which is pretty tense most of the time, the Evoque become a relaxed cruiser once your right foot does the same, with the exception of the suspension, which remains too firm for a luxury car. However, this problem should be solved by the adaptive dampers, but you'll have to pay extra in a car that's already pretty expensive.
The Evoque can go off-road. It has the looks of a proper coupe and 20-inch rims, but it has also learned a few tricks from its big brothers. Even though it can beat most of its competitors in terms of rough terrain tackling, it won't do this effortlessly and the feeling is also being sent to the driver.
We drove the standard suspension, not the adaptive one, and we can tell you that this one is much too firm for off-roading. The Terrain Response and the SUV-like ride height do their job fine, but you'll be thrown around pretty violently if you take things too far.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
It's so pretty, it's so mean, I love it because it's just like myself! Being in this car around town made me feel like driving a giant Swarowski crystal... with LED lights. It's literally brilliant. And black seems to suit it all very well.
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