For the brave
Initially a created by brothers Maurice and Spencer Wilks to be utility-based vehicles, the first Land Rovers had been built to be tough and durable in every sense of the word. If you look at a modern-day Land Rover you would see that British has kept to their design philosophies and only upgraded them so that it can comfortably fall into the premium category. The Land Rover Evoque has been adorned since arriving in South Africa in 2011 and during my test drive I found out exactly why.
A compact luxury SUV that is perfect for an energetic and thrill-seeking family. It is well known that the latest line-up of Land Rovers (including the Evoque) are very popular amongst high flying celebrities and people of importance, even the Queen of England has one of many Land Rovers. And for good reason- it has all the necessary bells and whistles to comfortably ferry the family around and it does just that while oozing with style and luxury.
With a steep tapering roofline, flush mounted door handles and a curvaceous silhouette, the Evoque all but just screams regal and refinement while still paying tribute to its workhorse heritage with tough-looking 18-inch alloy wheels. The slim line automatic LED headlights are modern as you can get and has a strikingly similar design to its older cousins- the Land Rover Velar and the Range Rover Sport. The Evoque is strikingly gorgeous all round and is further sportified with an upturned tailgate spoiler and optional roof rails.
Premium and sophisticated is clearly the design theme when you open a door and peek inside the Evoque, with stylish seating and a neatly laid out dashboard. The seats are wrapped in leather which are quite comforting to sit in and the front seat are equipped with an 8-way adjustment to suit anyone’s comfort level. The interior is rather spacious especially with the stretched wheelbase which provides that little bit of additional legroom that the rear passengers will appreciated. The 591-litre boot has additional space beneath for the spare wheel (a great space saving if you ask me) and the rear seats can split 40:20:40 for additional space and convenience when hauling bulky items.
The 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system has Analogue Dials with a Central TFT Display, Remote App, Voice Control and Bluetooth Connectivity. Its equipped with many driving aids to help you when it’s time to for a bit of fun in the veld, this includes Terrain Response 2, All Terrain Progress Control (ATPC), Low Traction Launch, Hill Descent Control (HDC), Torque Vectoring by Braking, a passive suspension system, Hill Launch Assist, Electronic Power Assisted Steering, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Electronic Traction Control (ETC), Roll Stability Control and an Electric Parking Brake. Driver’s assist features also include a rear camera, front and rear parking aid, Lane Assist, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter. Safety is also ensured with a brake pad wear indicator, Emergency Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, a seat belt reminder, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, power operated child locks, six airbags, a Pedestrian Airbag System, passive front head restraints and an intrusion sensor. You will also find dual zone climate control with rear vents and a push-to-start function for additional convenience. Parking this beauty had been a breeze. This is due to the rear-view mirrors ability to switch into a digital display; you can see everything happening in the rear thanks to a camera embedded into the shark-fin antenna. The display is clear and this feature can even be used at night, a thumbs-up to Land Rover for that!
The 2-litre engine produces 183 kW of power and 365Nm of torque which is more than enough for comfortable city cruising. Driving the Evoque had been highly enjoyable thanks to many nifty features and the comfort it offers In order to provide you with a nimble and engaging drive, Land Rover has done a bit of work on the chassis and tightened up the suspension and I must say they have tuned it enough to do just that without cringing when going over speed humps or ramming through unavoidable potholes. Pioneering yet again with the ‘ClearSight Ground View’ feature, the British made sure that their SUV stood out in its segment and to also give a few German’s a run for their money. This intuitive feature projects a 180-degree ground view onto the vehicle’s touchscreen to allow the driver to ‘see through’ the front of the vehicle and aid the driver in navigating through tight parking spots. The only problem I found while driving the Evoque was the low ground clearance of 212-milimeter which had my heart rate increasing and me fearing that I would scratch the underside, this however will be beneficial for the cautious driving woman as it allows you easy access to get into and out of the SUV. Overall, it’s a great vehicle to drive- it’s sporty, responsive and extremely comfortable. I would gladly recommend it to the woman who is seeking out new challenges and who constantly defies life because the Evoque will definitely keep up.
Where to find it
Check out this luxurious Land Rover at www.landrover.co.za
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler