Sometimes, the "new car smell" of freshly-released vehicles is too toxic for the people at Euro NCAP and they have to wait for the fresh air to enter the cabin before they bash the car against one of their official walls. Case in point with the Evoque, which means that, as far as passive safety goes, we'll have to rely on the vehicle's specs for this chapter.
There's the usual airbag army and when it comes to electronics, well, you've got Landie's array of systems that keep you from doing anything wrong. The most noticeable features are the Terrain response, which works with the four-wheel-drive system and with the gas pedal, as well as the Rollover prevention nanny.
The latter can become annoying when you really have fun and, in the case of the 240 hp petrol model we tested, this kind of conclusion is relevant. But we'll talk more about this in the "Tech Facts" chapter.
On the road, the Evoque feels extremely safe. You wouldn't guess this as first sight, as the vehicle's hefty ground clearance doesn't inspire you to play with the weight transfer to much. However, the suspension is pretty stiff and, together with the all-wheel-drive system and the electronics, manages to turn the Evoque into a true road hugger.
It's the same story with the brakes: our test car was fitted with 20-inch rims that made the brake rotors, which have an average diameter, look terribly small. However, once you climb aboard and hit the speed killing pedal, you'll have a pleasant surprise.Continue reading