I fell in love with the Evoque at first sight and knew I had to have one the moment I saw the flush-mount door handles come out the first time (typical male).
I bought it new at the end of 2019 and found the buying process really pleasant. It was definitely the most theatrical delivery process I’ve ever had!
I think the D180SE was a good buy in terms of balanced performance and economy, and having driven several petrol variants now I’m glad I did. My only real regret would be not going to the D240SE, as having gone from a long run of performance cars, I could use the extra grunt.
My car is pretty heavily optioned. The best options that I would have again are the panoramic sunroof, black headlining and Meridian sound. The rest of my “must-haves” are standard in SE spec.
Otherwise I have additional power outlets, the adapters in the front seats to connect things for the back seats, the camera in the rear vision mirror and a few other things.
The biggest disappointment with the car is the rattles; they are numerous and don’t seem to be able to be resolved completely. The dealer has been great about having it back, but it’s still not resolved six months in.
I do love the drive. It’s an amazing cruiser and remarkably easy to drive around town. It’s incredibly smooth and quiet as well, and four passengers would be really comfortable for a long trip.
If you’re going to be carrying people in the back for long journeys, I’d definitely option the panoramic sunroof, otherwise the smaller rear windows could make it a bit claustrophobic.
The Meridian sound is excellent and using Apple CarPlay on the huge screen is extra handy. It’s currently using around 7 litres per 100 kilometres in combined driving and without being too careful, which I think is impressive for the size of the thing.
We’ve done some light off-roading and it’s very confidence-inspiring. The low traction launch works really well and it makes driving in sand and mud really easy to do. I’d be confident taking it further than anything else in its class.
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