RR Evoque: driven to extremes
The hottest, muddiest, coldest, glitziest test in history: we go global in the baby Rangey
Posted: 09 Dec 2011
More than anything else, that's thanks to the Evoque's compliant suspension and phenomenal damping. Where even the finest hot hatches would be unsettled by the lethal divots and fissures of these roads, forcing the driver to curb corner speed for fear of being bounced into a loch by a cruelly placed pothole, the Evoque simply flows over even the worst tarmac. Flat but never jarring, pliant but never sloppy, it has the same extraordinary breathability of the best Jaguars.
The optional magnetorheological dampers play a big part in this. Though essentially the same system used in the Ferrari 599 and Audi R8, the Evoque is the first car in the world to get the third-generation ‘MagneRide' system, and the result is phenomenal: bipolar in the nicest possible way. The adaptive damping only comes as standard on the top-spec ‘Dynamic' model: it's a £1,150 cost option on other trim levels, but one that's well worth the cash.