The specifications for this Range Rover Evoque indicate that it rolled from the factory sporting a paint colour called ‘Seoul Pearl Silver’. It looks somewhat chalky. Imagine if Pepto Bismol was white instead of pink. It’s that colour. Overall, as far as colours go – meh.

There are most certainly other paint options for this car, perhaps even some that could even further enhance the appeal of two sectioned looking rear passenger windows and the veritably tiny sliver of glass out back. No matter. Range Rover could have painted this Evoque ‘Mouldy Pea Soup’ or even ‘Vibrant Vomit’ – I wouldn’t care and I’d still like it.

The supportive, plush and highly adjustable front leather seats offer unlimited back massages. Heck, I can even choose the direction and level of aggression with which the tiny person sewn into the seatback will knead my spine. Very cool.

The Evoque’s 12-inch display in the centre stack is crisp, larger than I’m used to and nice to look at. Granted, whilst the sun shines into the car from a particular angle the screen does become a slight challenge to read – but this has been infrequent and is by no means a showstopper. Controls are relatively intuitive, the touchscreen is fairly responsive and I’ve had no trouble pairing my iPhone with a robust audio system.

The driver display in the Evoque is very easy to read at a glance and is among the best I’ve seen in this segment. Illuminated in white, it lends the dash a classy contemporary look that doesn’t adversely impact my night vision as other displays are wont to do. The layout of information on display is configurable, allowing me to fiddle with how I choose to see engine revs and road speed, together with various and sundry other diagnostics. In the end, I think I’m a multi-gauge kinda guy.

Until now, I’ve been camped firmly among the group of drivers who believe that heads up display functionality is either for drivers who can’t hear (or feel) the engine or for those who need one more piece of techy kit in their car.

Notwithstanding, I haven’t turned off the heads up display in this car since the outset of our time together. It can be projected low enough in my field of vision as to not be a distraction and I will note with appropriate humility that I’m growing to appreciate it.

The family history of the Evoque includes a few ‘go anywhere’ vehicles from eras past that were little more than right-hand-drive tractors wrapped in bits of leaky metal. If you look hard enough in my garage – you’ll find one. While the Evoque will never follow the Defender up a mountain or through a river, it will competently handle daily duty in moderately inclement weather and it’ll look good doing it.

It has a wide and aggressive stance and offers a bunch of different terrain modes that can be switched on the fly. This week, I’ve been using the ‘grass-gravel-snow’ mode to improve handling both during and following a few mild snowfalls. When I toss the Evoque around on slick surfaces it remains more composed than do the drivers beside me, even though it rides on sporty 21-inch rims and lower profile tires.

In current trim the Evoque has a hybrid 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets a boost by an underfloor lithium-ion battery which provides additional torque to assist with acceleration. It must work – aggressive starts are more impressive than I’d expect for an engine of modest displacement. Notwithstanding increased torque, upshifts through the automatic transmission’s nine gears are quick and smooth.

With a comfortable and silent interior this car is a pleasure to drive at cruising speed on the open highway. Passing power is always available and more than once I’ve noted that I’m, well, speeding.

The Seoul Pearl Silver paint job on this Evoque just isn’t my thing. However, the fact that I’m willing to overlook this Range Rover’s colour is, in itself, a fact that I won’t overlook. Nice car.

2020 Range Rover Evoque P300 R-Dynamic HSE
Base Price: $61,500
As Tested: $62,300
Drivetrain: 2.0-litre, MHEV turbocharged 4-cylinder, 296 horsepower, 295 lb-ft, 9-speed transmission
VVUZZ Recommended: Good looking, inside and out.

 

Images courtesy of the author.

Published on Jan 27, 2020