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
Driving these two out here is like being in a pair of baubles, floating among the Christmas trees. They're a showy couple, designed for urbanites who like to stand out from the crowd, but the Evoque is easily the most dramatic. It's got a muscled-android look going on, as if it's just dropped in from a nearby galaxy on a column of steam and lasers. The Q3 looks apologetic in comparison, with a tiptoe stance and drooping nose, a feeling not helped by the extra set of doors, which somehow reduce sexiness (that said, a five-door Evoque still looks great). Inside, the Audi riffs almost every other Audi and is therefore lovely. You'd liken it to a five-star boutique... if you'd never seen the inside of an Evoque, with its dished steering wheel, luminescent displays, luxuriant veneers and pop-up gear-selector borrowed from Jaguar.