Top Gear’s Range Rover Evoque vs Scotland
Sick of being told he drives a girl’s car, Top Gear magazine’s Tom Ford took his Range Rover Evoque to a place with no roads...
Posted: 04 Dec 2012
"Just keep a measure of momentum," advises Roger from the passenger seat as we enter the first set of deeper ruts. "Keep your fingers out of the steering wheel in case the front wheels drop into a channel... let the car do the work, and let's try to leave as little impact as possible." Yeah, ok. I've pressed the Mud/Ruts button on the Evoque's Terrain Response system, having progressed from Grass/Gravel/Snow, and can already feel the brakes and traction control clicking and whirring to maintain traction. The throttle's also gone slightly fuzzy to prevent accidental wheelspin. The Evoque is making fairly short work of, well, pretty much all of this.
Yes, the heather is making nails-down-a-blackboard noises against the door panels and under the car, but we've not even broken traction yet, let alone been challenged. We wend our way up the moor on 100-plus-year-old trails originally built to gather timber for the British fleet, and I realise that no one has passed here in quite a while. The trees fall away, and the views romp off into the distance. It's sunny, and I am forcibly reminded of something: Scotland is astonishingly beautiful. Even with a limited palette of green and brown, speckled with the pink flowers of the heather and squashed by steel-blue sky, the view down the glen is raw and glorious.