RR Evoque: driven to extremes
The hottest, muddiest, coldest, glitziest test in history: we go global in the baby Rangey
Posted: 09 Dec 2011
This sport - the potentially deadly but entirely addictive pursuit of surfing your SUV along a near-vertical wall of sand - is unquestionably the most fun you can have in 50°C heat without sunburning parts of your body that shouldn't be sunburned. The Evoque is bloody brilliant at dune-drifting: with stubby overhangs, impressive ground clearance and that same zingy petrol engine we drove in Scotland, it launches sideways across the dunes, throwing sheets of powder-sand out behind like a jet ski's surf-wake.
So disarmingly comfortable is the Evoque with carving merrily across these shifting, drifting, deadly dunes, it becomes easy to forget that we're driving not a dedicated off-roader with long-travel suspension and diff locks, but instead a dinky hatchback that copes with roads as tautly as a Ford Focus does.