I’m really surprised how much the three and five-door Range Rover Evoques differ when you see them in the flesh, given how much commonality there is between the models.
Soon as I clapped eyes on the original concept, it came across as a completely new kind of Range Rover, amazingly stylish for something as belt-and-braces as an off-roader. But I fully expected the three-door layout to go by the board, just as the old Range Stormer concept did when it foreshadowed the RR Sport.
It’s a remarkable thing, much to be valued by car lovers, that this concept has made it into production. Not many years ago, car makers were in the business of juicing us up royally with amazing concepts, then producing something much quieter and usually much more ungainly.
Land Rover is right, however, to accompany the Evoque three-door with a (probably bigger-selling) five-door, because the two-wheel-drive, drive-to-school market has been ignored for far too long in Gaydon.
The five-door, amazingly, has a look all its own. It puts you in mind of the full-size RR, only better.
In fact, as we were standing in the studio, looking at the five-door, there was a suggestion – I’m not saying from whom – that the next Range Rover flagship might have quite a few overtones of the five-door Evoque! It’ll be pretty good if it does.