Some enthusiast magazines judge an SUV's worth by how well it can handle the most punishing, extreme conditions, far away from civilization, crawling up over imposing boulders, and driving through three feet of running water. But the fact of the matter is a tiny overall percentage of SUVs in general, and even some of the harder-core models like the Jeep Wrangler ever see this type of use. A more appropriate test for an SUV like the Range Rover Evoque would to take in on a weekend ski trip, something for which the pint-sized, easy-to-drive Evoque is ideally-suited. Although typically in custody of staff photographer Brian Vance, Motor Trend Associate Online Editor Karla Sanchez requested the stylish compact Brit for a ski trip to Mammoth Mountain.

Sanchez said the Evoque handled the less-than-ideal traction conditions in stride, with any slip or wheelspin quickly addressed by the Terrain Response System, keeping the vehicle on-course on the way up the mountain roads. Although the TRS was in the ice/snow mode for most of the weekend, even in "normal" mode, the Evoque handled the occasional unexpected icy patch without incident.

However, Sanchez's praise for the Evoque was not completely unanimous, as the price paid for the Evoque's tidy external dimensions manifested itself in tight interior accommodations, especially loaded up with the obligatory ski equipment, suitcases and duffel bags. But both Sanchez and her passenger alike appreciated the Evoque's modern style and luxury amenities.

Our Car
Service Life 8/20,566 miles
Average Fuel Economy 21.7 mpg
CO2 Emissions 0.89 lb/mile
Energy Consumption 155 kW-hr/100 mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $0 (oil change, inspection, cabin-air filter, engine-air filter)
Normal-wear cost $0