I recently had the chance to take a quick turn in the all-new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. And all I have to say is: Oh. My. God.
Well, if you follow my blog regularly, you know that's not all I have to say, but it's a good start. I only spent a couple hours with the compact SUV, but the first impression is completely favorable. I know the price point of $43,995 might be a little high for your typical city car, but I have to tell you it seems to be worth it. The compact size and 4-cylinder engine make this a phenomenally drivable -- and parkable -- vehicle.
Initial acceleration and cruising speeds were comfortable with the 24o horses under the hood, and the interior is better than anything I've seen from Land Rover. Ever. And the exterior design? Unique and stunning. And, yes, I do like the coupe version. Evoque is meant to be a luxury cruiser, but it loses none of the off-road capability you'd expect from a Land Rover. Well, at least it loses very little. While the off-road course the crew prepared for us was relatively mild, it was enough to see that this compact SUV would have handled Snowmageddon 2011 just fine.
My 2 favorite features: The completely glass (and completely standard) all-glass roof and the optional around-view cameras that operate at any speed.
What I didn't love: The teeny-tiny rear window. Visibility out the back is severely limited.