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I would be interested to hear from a petrol Evoque owner of their driving experience after taking delivery. Have you a 3 or 5 door and what spec?<div id="myWatcherDiv" style="display:none;">
How does dynamic mode differ from standard in your driving experience?
Any gear selection flat spots in Auto?
Any turbo lag experienced?
What mpg are you getting and what is your driving style?
Do the suspension settings create the desired ride and are the road ruts and holes smoothed out?
Etc, etc

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I too would be interested to hear about living with the petrol, I test drove both the higher powered diesel auto and petrol and to me they were worlds apart. the petrol felt light and fast whereas the diesel felt slow and heavy and needed to be worked harder and even then it seemed underpowered.

I was surprised as I thought as diesels are torquey that a diesel is the way to go but I didnt think it was much fun to drive - so i ordered the petrol and am hoping the economy wont be too bad

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Diesels tend to have more in-gear urge - that's what higher torque is all about - but you can get the same effect by changing down a gear in a petrol. The petrol is something like 50 bhp more powerful and I've no doubt at all it will be a more driver-focussed car especially since it has the adaptive damping too.

I'm with you on the petrol, can't wait.

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I took delivery of my Evoque Coupe Dynamic Si4 Auto in
Buckingham Blue with 20""� polished alloys and Pursuit interior on Thursday 20<sup>th</sup>

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I have only done 300 miles but I am very please with the
engine performance, but not quite so happy with the fuel consumption.

In standard drive there is lag at low speed/revs when trying
to accelerate and the gearbox tends to instantly changes down a gear when you
would expect the engine to simply power through. Nothing which makes you think
""oh this really is a terrible engine""�. However, once at higher speeds, it is a different
matter with the engine so so much more responsive and when in Sport mode, you
get that wonderful ""its running away with itself""� sports car feeling which I
first encountered in a 4X4 when LR put the V8 supercharged engine in the RR
Sport. In Sport mode, the mapping holds onto the gears for just that bit longer
and makes you wonder why this isn't the standard default drive mode. I don't
suppose it will be long before someone comes up with a mapping chip which will
give us Sport mode as standard with better economy.

However with the Evoque, you notice the vehicle is far more
agile and responsive than a RR Sport due to the weight difference which makes
the Evoque have much more of large hatchback feel and performance when cornering.
The Evoque seems lower, squatter and wider when seeing it on a regular basis
and the width gives a very sure footed and planted feel when cornering and when
driving in general. In fact, the width also makes the cabin feel as roomy as a
standard RR or RR sport and in my opinion, better laid out and not so vertical
slab fronted in the dash area.

I have not done any
long distances yet, but the overall cabin feel and ambiance is excellent with
seemingly very high quality levels throughout, from leather stitching to push
button design, it all feels very classy and a pleasure to even sit in.

I must say that the panoramic roof is a must in my opinion
as it lets so much light into the vehicle and with the full length powered
blind, you can close it off if you prefer, but to date I have not closed the
blind as the cabin feels so different. From the outside, the panoramic roof
looks totally black and tinted, much like privacy glass and no-one has noticed
the glass roof until I point the mater out and then people want to look from
the inside to verify you can see out of it. My Evoque is Buckingham Blue which
is almost black and the roof looks exactly the same colour as the vehicle body.

One minor disappointment and a consequence of choosing dark
colours with the panoramic roof is that on the Dynamic, the side window
surrounds are black and it gives the vehicle a bit of a undefined slab sided
look. Perhaps others may prefer this look, but I would have preferred a bit of
chrome around or along the windows as per the Prestige which gives more
definition to the vehicle shape. However, I prefer the look of the exhausts on
the Dynamic and therefore you can't have it all ways.

I feel the Pursuit interior is a good choice for me with a
nice balance between the ivory perforated inner seat strips and a nice light
grey outer seat/dashboard. I have previously had all black, all ivory and all
grey interiors on standard RR and RR sports and the Pursuit combination seems
to give a light cabin feel and looks more practical to keep clean and looking
good. I can post more pictures if anyone is interested.

I read elsewhere on the forum that all SD4 Evoque's will
only have one exhaust and if this is true, this will change the look of the
Dynamic rear end totally!

Fuel economy has been a surprise as I struggle to achieve
25mpg when pottering around major B roads on journeys of 15 miles and under.
The average mpg electronic system is calibrated to monitor and change on a
second by second basis and after 200 metres of gentle driving from starting, to realise you have achieved 12
mpg is off-putting, even if it is true. I did a 30 mile journey and was as
careful as possible achieving 34 mpg, but I was at risk of being overtaken by mobility
scooters and therefore not practical. I am travelling from the Midlands to <?: prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Dorset</st1:place> next week and can report on the mpg if anyone is
interested. But at the moment, on average I am only achieving 25mpg on most
journeys and I am not pushing the vehicle at all, well except when I have a
little play in Sports mode which brings a smile to my face. The ride quality
and sound proofing is excellent and gliding at 70 mph feels like 40mph, something
I need to get accustomed to, or there will be a few speeding fines coming.

One other note is about the so called ""puddle lights""� which are
fitted to the underside of the power-fold door mirrors that illuminate when the
vehicle is unlocked from the key fob button and shine a 60cm circle of light
onto the floor just about where you stand to get into the vehicle. To ensure
you don't step into a puddle apparently! Within the circle of light is the
Evoque silhouette logo as seen at the top of the forum home page. How cool is
that, well to me it's cool and worthy of taking every visitor out in the dark
to witness ""turning on the puddle lights""�

I will be happy to post any pictures or information if it



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Hi Tim,

Thanks for sharing your experiences so far, I too felt the "its running away with itself" on my test drive and felt I had to keep lifting off the accelerator as oppose to the diesel which felt sluggish and had to be worked hard to get any performance from it-hence I ordered the petrol.

Thats a shame about the fuel consumption as Im sure the one I test drove was showing an average mpg of 34, maybe there will be a small running in period? So I would be grateful to hear what you average on your longer run next week. I was hoping for an average of 30 - 35 as my current car (Merc SL) is thirsty and so would be nice to not spend so much at each fill up.

Your Evoque does look amazing so thats a small price to pay for having a cool car!!

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As far as I'm aware it is only the TD4 engine derivatives that get the single exhaust pipe.

I'm liking the wheels on your car. Seems well suited to the car.

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Discussion Starter #8
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Thanks for your comprehensive driving report -most informative. We collected our Si4 Coupe LUX 2 days before you, but have been unable to use it, or play with the toys, too much yet, although I agree with your observations, as far as our experience goes.

I would add that for us, the Dynamic setting is the best option for the engines ability to provide rapid progress through the gears when the traffic allows, and that the steering is very pleasingly direct, although a little over assisted with a slight lack of road feedback. In top, the engine cruises quietly and effortlessly at 80 mph whilst pulling only 2,400 rpm.

I am surprised at the mpg you are experiencing bearing in mind the RR hype. Having covered only 155 miles ourselves, we cannot comment too much. We too would be interested to hear your mpg on a long run, so keep us posted.

We have found the cameras very useful, particularly the side cameras for avoiding kerbing the front wheels in narrow car park exits etc. We chose pursuit also, with all fuji exterior and are delighted with the interior contrasting stitched leather. Will post some pics of pursuit interior for those curious who have posted previously, as soon as I get some time.

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Hello Morgan,<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />

For some reason, I
have not switched to the dynamic drive mode as the dealer made out it was at
bit of a harsh ride and I thought no further. Trying it tomorrow, thanks for
mentioning it.

When you read
forum reports on the Diesel MPG, it seems that many people are not happy and surprised
by the poor fuel economy.

The rear reversing
camera is a brilliant development, although I still find myself going back to
looking over my shoulder and with auto dipping wing mirrors, it makes matters
more confusing. Tomorrow, I am going to cancel the auto dipping wing mirrors
when in reverse and go back to keeping the mirrors straight. I think this will
help in becoming more trusting with the reversing camera. I find myself
forgetting about the front end when looking at the reversing camera, although I
hadn't realised we had side cameras!!!!!!! I realised we perhaps had side sensors when parking up
today, but will look in more detail about the camera, thank you.

I agree that
steering is over assisted and whilst lovely and light, it does lack road feel
when cornering. It is a shame that dynamic mode could not be programmed to
reduce hydraulic steering pressure, or perhaps it does????

Perhaps you have
already established that the trip computer has 3 settings for trip A, trip B and
auto and whilst I know that auto mode resets itself for each journey, I am
hoping that trip A and B can be used to record ongoing trips and therefore it
will be possible to set an ongoing trip record for dynamic mode and another for
sport or standard mode. If so, next week for comparison I will set trip A for
one way to <?: prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Dorset</st1:place> in dynamic mode and return
in standard mode.

Morgan, do you think the Lux pack was worth the money? I didn't go for this
option and would welcome your opinion and some images if you find the time.



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The side cameras only come with lux pack or a separate specific option. Thanks for the report Tim, very comprehensive and please let us know the mpg on your Dorset trip. As for the dealer advising you not to use Dynamic mode, it's ridiculous.

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Discussion Starter #11
Hi Tim,

Sorry I did not get
back to answer your questions sooner. I have still not managed to do too many
miles yet, as I work from home & have been very busy, so have not had much
time to try and experience fully, all the toys. Funnily enough though, I went
through the same process as you, of cancelling the wing mirror auto dip to
assist reversing alignment but checking the rear view camera when in the final
stages of reversing.

Sill not worked out
the A,B & Auto trip computer settings although I have changed to A to give
me average m.p.g which is 24/25 on local short runs with only 330 miles on the

Perhaps I will get
round to reading the manual one day- this will be a first, if I do.

I must add that my
initial comments are that I love the car for its all round ability, high
driving position (first 4x4) engine, quality levels and stunning looks (love
the fuji with pursuit, and so pleased we chose it) and at this early stage
there is little to criticize, but much more in benefits, that I wasn't aware of.

I would be interested
to read if you found the Dynamic mode, your preferred setting, as I had
recommended, and look forward to hearing your Dorset journey mileage achieved
in different modes, although the differences would probably down to road
conditions rather than the setting which would have little effect on mpg.

The Dynamic mode
electronically alters the viscosity of fluid in the suspension arms, giving an
instant reaction to the road surfaces and forces on the car, so basically
stiffening the suspension the faster you go, to reduce the effect of the cars
body mass to naturally lean yaw and dive, giving a smoother ride for the occupants,
and enabling the car to driven faster through better control of the car, than
in standard mode, as I understand.

Finally, to the LUX
pack. Is it worth the money, you ask. For me, the answer has to be yes at the
moment, as all of the spec will be of use in time, to varying degrees, I have
no doubt. But this is a question that is, to me, a pros & cons decision,
for the individual buyer. Personally, I firmly believe the LUX pack is worth
adding to dynamic and prestige spec cars if you can stretch to it and make good
use of the LUX extras, because this spec will be in more demand in the used car
market. There is however the depreciation of the LUX pack to be factored in at
resale. If it retains 50 to 60% of its value ie will it sell for say £2,400
over a standard spec car after 3 years then if it does, then a double yes, and
you will have enjoyed all the LUX toys on the journey.

I will post pics of my
rear seats in Pursuit as promised, as I specified individual seats in my Coupe
(NCO) and you, I believe, have a 3 seat bench in your 5 door (ideal for the 5
door) and some members may not be aware of the difference in their appearance.


(Ralph) Morgan.

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Thanks Ralph,<?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" />

Thank you for the update and as seen on other forum
postings, your car really does look very nice in <?: prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Fuji</st1:place></st1:city> and perhaps the best colour to show off the Evoque's lines and a good contrast with the panoramic roof,
something which is missed with my darker colour. However, for perhaps the
wrong reasons and the fact that my dealer stated that 80% of orders are in
white, I opted for the darker colour because I was thinking about
resale. With hindsight, I think the resale values are going to be pretty good
whatever the colour.

Interesting that you choose the two individual rear seats
as I opted for the 3 seat rear bench, for the odd occasion when I carry five
people (once of twice a year) and that was after deciding to go for the coupé
on the strength that I hardly ever take passengers""¦""¦There is some logic in
there, but I am struggling to find it!!!!!

I have switched to Dynamic mode for everyday driving and
it does have a better driving feel and therefore thanks for highlighting the
matter, although the temptation to go that one step further by switching to
sports mode ""¦""¦oh, how good is the engine in this mode. For a two litre four
cylinder engine, it really is amazing what performance can be achieved and if
LR is going to bring out a 300BHP sports model, it makes you wonder just how
far the current petrol engine can be stretched!!!!!!!

I have now driven 1100 mile in the Evoque and I simply
cannot fault it and really can't remember being so taken back by the advances
of one vehicle which it even surpasses the sheer amazement of driving the
standard RR with a V8 Supercharged engine.

Did you see Clarkson's review in the Sunday Times where
he admitted to being totally sceptical about the Evouque and then went on to say the only fault was a heavy headlight dip/main beam
switch""¦""¦He has a point if you notice.

On my recent trip to from Tamworth to <st1:place w:st="on">Dorset</st1:place>,
I achieved 30.5 mpg on the way there in Dynamic mode and 32.0 on the way back
in Standard (special modes turned off), but as you say this would have been
down to driving conditions. Although I did try and stick to 70/75 mph, but for some
reason it is so easy to wonder up to 80mph and then the MPG starts to go
significantly backwards. For a smaller car, the aerodynamics, sound proofing resulting
in lack of wind noise is truly amazing and in my opinion, even better than the
slab fronted standard RR.

As per your experience with a mix of town and rural
driving, it seems that 25mprg is the best we are going to achieve, but |I am
quite happy with that, considering the general performance of the petrol

Today I drove to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Luton</st1:placename> <st1:place w:st="on">Airport</st1:place></st1:place>,
reluctantly left my Evoque at Airparks without explaining that the car does not
have a key ignition point!!!!!!!! and then arrived at <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Geneva</st1:place></st1:city> where I drove a previously perfectly
acceptable VW Tiguan. The comparison was so stark to the Evoque and felt like
some sort of agricultural 1970's classic. From the difference in driving feel,
position, interior quality, electronics, surefooted body width""¦.I have been
spoilt within a week of owning an Evoque.

Sounds like the Lux pack may have been a good buy and will
be interesting when it comes to resale.

Good to compare views.



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Hi Folks

I picked up my Si4 Coupe on the 24th of September. Got a few minoroptions in addition to the very good Dynamic spec, stuff like TV, remote tailgate, anthracite wheels, spare wheeletc..

I've now done about 3K in it withmixed a/b road driving with a wee bit of motorway thrown in for good measure. Only getting about 23-25 MPG's with a best of about 27 so not the most economical buggy!

In terms of driving, it's the first time in a while I've had a turbo'd petrol engine but find it a really good match to the gearbox (which I think is excellent, even compared to DSG etc). I don't notice any "run-on" on mine and I think the responsiveness, power spread and free-revving nature of the engine is good. It's decently quick and has reasonably sharp handling, this tightens up a lot in Dynamic but the ride quality also drops A LOT in this mode so I only useit on a B road blast on my own if I'm pressing on. The ride quality in normal mode is very, very good.

Bottom line.....very pleased with it and it's probably a keeper.....although it'll need a 2 seater roofless friend in the spring!

Some photos....

Being collected......old car in white......

On the way home


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Hi tyrion,
that's one fine looking motor,
Can I see a Indus silver roof?or is it fading light reflection?I've been waiting for a pic for about 6 months,I've gone for Orkney grey body, but was not brave enough to spec a silver roof, so I went for black,I always thought the silver roof would match the silver on the front & rear bumpers really well......


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Cheers Wrecka, yup its got the silver roof, I think it complements the silver bumper trims nicely!

Orkney grey is nice, one of my friends just got a 3dr dynamic in Orkney with a black roof, not seen it yet but will have a shuftie next week.

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Thanks for the report, I think it's good to tie the roof and bumper trims togther, I'm planning to have mine painted black to match the roof...
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