A car’s styling often merits no more than a few cursory mentions in our road test, but the Range Rover Evoque demands an exception. Supercars aside, only Citroën’s DS3 and some retro hatches draw so heavily on their design as a selling point.
The LRX was a design study; the Evoque is, as much as possible, the LRX in production form. Land Rover is coy about having the two cars – concept and reality – photographed together, lest the production version look limp by comparison. Little chance of that, we’d have thought. To our eyes – and those of nearly everyone who encountered it during its stay with us – the Evoque is a brilliantly successful interpretation of how relevant, approachable and striking a contemporary 4x4 can look. Have you ever seen an SUV with slimmer side and rear windows and a wedgier waistline? Nor have we.