No matter which angle you look at, the Range Rover Evoque is a beautiful car. It’s so beautiful in fact, that no matter how many times you see one on the road, you can’t help but turn your head and look at it as it cruises past in traffic. We were very excited to get the Evoque delivered to us the other day. We had been waiting since November 2011 to get our hands on this off-road on-road glamour machine. At first glance you’d look at the Evoque and think it would look great on the fashion runways of Milan or Paris, but you wouldn’t dare take it off the street and swap it for the unforgiving South African bush. Luckily, at Afropolitan, we were given a chance to test the Evoque on the streets of trendy Sandton and on the track at the Land Rover Experience in Lonehill, Fourways.

On the street the Evoque both catches eyes and drives like a dream. It’s an elegant smooth ride with all the creature comforts royalty would ever need and then more. We needn’t go into too much detail about the interior comforts of the Evoque or the drivability, but we can say that everything is Range Rover through and through, meaning it’s the best quality money can buy. What we will go into detail about is how this luxury 4x4 performed off the beaten path.

The Land Rover Experience is an off-road course in Fourways designed to put your 4x4 through every one of its paces, allowing you to take it up sheer rock faces, down hills covered in loose beach sand and even through door high water ways. And believe it or not, the Evoque did it all! It drove through the water like it wasn’t there; it climbed the sheer rock face like a speed bump and descended the slippery soft sandy hill without us battering an eyelid. The Land Rover/Range Rover technology in the Evoque means this SUV is as equipped to take the kids to school as it’s equipped to take them to the deepest darkest bushveld. Priced from R583 000 to R606 000 depending on extras, this little big SUV is a market leader.

No matter which angle you look at, the Range Rover Evoque is a beautiful car. It’s so beautiful in fact, that no matter how many times you see one on the road, you