Top Gear On Ice: Range Rover Evoque vs Audi Q3
Do these suburban show-offs have the all-weather traction to match their pseudo-suv overcoats?
Posted: 05 Apr 2012
Both use 4x4 systems that organise torque between the front and rear axles via a central, electronically controlled Haldex differential. Both have additional traction-control systems, though the Evoque's is more complex, and makes decisions based on what sort of scenery you've put it on. The ones you see here both have adaptive dampers, the expensive magnetic sort, standard on this Dynamic-spec Evoque and a £680 option above an SE-spec Q3. So both are comfy ways to move along a forest rally stage, though the Evoque smooths over the road with a touch more finesse, isolating you from the scrunch of tyres on snow and handling yumps with the poise of a well-sorted hot hatch. The Q3 gives a smidgen more feedback, but lacks the Rangie's almost flippant self-assurance.