I find great pleasure in looking at rare cars which were once common sights on the road. This morning I was following a Mk3 Cavalier (a post-facelift LS model, since you ask), which particularly caught my eye because I used to own one.
Overcome by a sense of nostalgia, as I frequently do when eyeballing cars I used to own, I noticed that it has an enormous glasshouse. That’s not something I had particularly considered when I had my Cavalier 15 years ago.
The glass seems to start low in the doors, and stretches up high. The pillars are wonderfully thin too.
But, as visibility goes, it is the polar opposite of the Cavalier, with thin side window lines, a tiny rear screen and vast, thick A-pillars.
The Evoque isn’t alone in the latter regard. Cars as varied as the Bentley Continental GT and Seat Leon stick in my mind for having A-pillars thick enough to lose cyclists – and even entire cars – in. Cars with split A-pillars are worse still. Not only is there a pair on each side to obscure vision, but they’re usually more than twice as thick as a single pillar.