RR Evoque: driven to extremes
The hottest, muddiest, coldest, glitziest test in history: we go global in the baby Rangey
Posted: 09 Dec 2011
How many cars in the world can switch, in a breath, from hot-hatch botherer to mud-track demon? Eighteen months ago, I tested a BMW X1 and Infiniti EX37 on a few tame farm tracks in deepest Dorset, and the pair struggled through even the most modest mud 'n' puddles. But the Evoque eased over knee-deep sludgy ruts without a clank or scrape, even tackling a 45-degree, slick-mud incline with nothing more than a judder of the traction control, a hill at the very limit of even the Freelander's abilities.
Even Donald is impressed. Our off-road guide and possibly the nicest human being I've ever met, he started exploring the Highlands with a single Land Rover 20 years ago, and now runs a fleet of Defenders trekking to Scotland's most remote corners.