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Range Rover Evoque Coupe Pure SI4 review
- Vital Stats
$49,995 - $73,895
Diesel or petrol models
Average but a great height
Yes, I sometimes have the pleasure of driving luxury cars (aka wheels I could never afford - aside from in my dreams with Ryan Gosling as my passenger). I feel exceptionally blessed to have these opportunities within my job description - a good expensive ride for the AutoChic office is always savoured and so I was super excited to pick up a two-door luxury Range Rover Evoque Coupe - complete with personalised plate EVOQUE.
On loan for just a week, I was prepared for the kind of highs only afforded to the rich and famous, yet what I wasn't expecting to pick up was the negativity and jealousy attached to driving this vehicle. Like Kyle to Jackie O, Miley to Liam, or Shane Warne to Liz, I felt judged by association. Confused? So was I. Read on.
Have you ever met someone so really, really, ridiculously good looking that you cannot seem to tear your eyes away to the point of appearing, um, awkward? I met Jennifer Hawkins once. Exhibit A. Pat Rafter in his hey-day. Same, same. Well, this is exactly how I felt when I first met the Evoque. I literally could not stop staring at this car - it's a simply gorgeous piece of machinery; subtle yet fierce, luxurious yet sporty and down-to-earth, sleek and somehow sexy. Delicious from every angle in every.possible.way.
And it's not just me that shares this opinion. The Evoque evokes - nay commands - stares from every person at every traffic light, intersection, roundabout, car park, school and highway. There's no downtime for this model, and certainly for the driver; this means no daggy track pants or morning hair allowed unless you want to be noticed behind the wheel for all the wrong reasons. This must be how Jennifer Aniston feels every single day of her life - being the centre of attention is exhausting, let me tell you.
Style & drive
As Samantha Brick identified, being beautiful doesn't always make you happy or popular and it's within this that lies a very unique problem in driving the Evoque - people hated me.
What I can only assume was tall-poppy syndrome in full flight; from on-lookers and passers-by, I 've never witnessed such negative reactions from others while driving a vehicle. I'm talking from people scowling at me, turning their heads away after I've offered a smile, to outright stealing of my car parks, being cut-off in traffic (once by a bus driver in the city who maintained eye-contact while coming within an inch of the car just to prove some kind of point only known to him) and yes, I was even subjected to the finger. It was bizarre and I felt completely victimised and traumatised by the end of my test-drive period, like I couldn't wait to drop it off and get back into my everyday mummy-mobile Kia Sorento. I know, right? Being bland has never been so much fun.
Don't get me wrong, aside from the assassination attempts (kidding!) I loved driving this car. Initially a concept car, she's more than just a pretty face; griping the road in all the right places, she's agile, responsive, quite and light. The interior is gorgeous with leather seats and wheel, a fab audio-system, bucket seats so comfy you never want to leave (although a little squishy in the back seat), heaps of leg room and you can forget the old-school gear-stick... this baby has a replacement - a funky dial system. Oh, and there's no foot brake either. I mean, what's not to love?
There are three trim levels - the entry-level is the Pure, followed by the Dynamic and then the Prestige with the pimping progressively increased on each. Think more equipment but different design touches.
Standard kit includes alloy wheels, partial leather seats, rear-parking sensors, climate-control airconditioning, Bluetooth, cruise control and a colour touchscreen.
The Evoque isn't a good choice for anyone with children, especially those that require a car seat. She's a two door with difficult, heavy seats and doors to boot that are both hard to get past, even for adults getting in and out. If you love the look of it and have children, try the four-door version. This car, however, couldn't be more perfect for a single or for kid-less peeps.
I found the shape of the cabin hard to get used to, vision-wise. There are thick bars either side that impaired my view while driving but maybe this is something you get used to. Aside from this, the car is pimped with driver and front passenger front airbags, a driver knee bolster airbag, side curtain airbags in the first and second rows, height-adjustable front seat belts and child seat ISOFIX anchor points. It has a 4-star ANCAP rating.
From $49,995 for the 2WD 'Pure' to $73,895.
Describe this car in three words
Sexy, stylish, down-to-earth.
What are the best things about this car?
Its looks, the luxe and the drive.
And the downsides?
The negative reaction you get from the rest of the world while driving it.
What does it run on?
Petrol or diesel.
I loved it. Shame the entire population didn't share my enthusiasm.
If personified, who would this car be?
(Review by Juliet Potter.)