The first Evoque needed explaining, all right. A sport utility vehicle deprived of the utility… what was that all about? Well, it turned out that the world adores this mysterious idea. And so it came to pass that over the course of a single eight-year generation the Evoque went from the car that nobody understood to the car that needs no introduction.
As the car industry loves to do with a successful format, the Evoque has been boxed into a stereotype and made a ‘sector’. BMW made the X2 as a direct rival, so we brought one along. Lexus has its new UX. Audi is on course for its own rival, a lowroof Q3 counterpart called the Q4 (not to be confused with the all-electric Q4 e-Tron which it’s also launching in a couple of years). Mercedes will shortly replace its GLA too.
Our third car here might at first be a surprise. The Porsche Macan is bigger, and longitudinally engined so it can be amped up to take a whole lot more power than the other two. In the past we’ve compared it with the Jaguar F-Pace. As you’ll know because you have a PhD in automotive platforms, Range Rover’s mirror of the F-Pace is a Velar, not an Evoque. But never mind the engineering, because sure as eggs is eggs, the buyers don’t mind the engineering.
This story originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Top Gear magazine.
Words: Paul Horrell
Images: Mark Riccioni