2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Long-Term Update 6
If the weather outside is frightful.
Here's the thing about testing cars in a place like Southern California. It just never gets cold enough to evaluate a vehicles ability to keeps its glass free of frost and fog, or to keep it's passengers comfy when the temperatures plunge. You really never know how good a car's warming aptitude is until you take it to a cold, wintry climate, and park it overnight in a sub-freezing driveway. The next morning you hop back in at dawn and you're thinking, "I really hope this wheeled icebox can warm up quickly before I pick up my ski buddies, and we head up the mountains." Turns out, the Evoque handles frigid outside temps with ease. The SUV's three-stage seat heaters work lickity-split to warm the red and black leather almost instantly, and the heat wires in the glass made short order of any overnight frost on the windshield. But perhaps the best part is how quickly the heated steering wheel comes up to temperature. One flick of the column-mounted button and the wheel sends soothing warmth to your hands, yet the system somehow knows exactly when to shut off without making your palms sweaty or too hot. But unfortunately, the button that activates the heated wheel is placed on the left side of the column, aft the wheel, behind the hands free talk buttons, and over and over again I bump it with my left knee. Admittedly I'm a long legged six footer, but it seems like even a short legged person is going to unintentionally knee tap that button more often then not.
The Evoque has such a small measured interior volume, it can reach a selected interior temperature much faster than a midsize or fullsize SUV. This situation is also helped by the car's minimum amount of glass. Less cold glass means a faster warm-up.
So once on the road, despite how chilly and unwelcoming it might be outside, this little Range Rover warms up fasts and keeps everyone onboard toasty. But the little luxury SUV's tricks don't stop on inside of the cabin; some nifty heating tricks are going on outside, too. To combat the always troublesome salt/sand truck road grimes the inevitably cake to the windshield in frozen layers, the Evoque sprays pre-heated washer fluid out of it's windscreen nozzles. The heated fluid help the wipers devour the nasty crud, leaving behind a safe, clear view of the slippery road ahead.
|Service life||9 months/23,699 miles|
|Average fuel economy||20.1 mpg|
|CO2 emissions||0.97 lb/mile|
|Energy consumption||168 kW-hr/100 miles|
|Maintenance cost||$0 (oil change, inspection, cabin air filter, engine air filter)|