Nothing major went wrong over our 14 months, but we couldn’t help but feel slightly disappointed that minor niggles like these occurred on a car that’s been on sale for 3 years, costing over £40k.
Rattling rear seat:
The backrest on the rear passenger seat rattled away over any form of bump. It stopped if someone was sat in place, otherwise you’d try and put anything there as a form of weight to stop it rattling. This was fixed under its first service interval.
Misaligned windscreen wiper
When the time came to wash the Evoque, the left-hand wiper revealed itself to be set slightly too low – right to the point where raising the arm perpendicularly wouldn’t clear the bonnet and scraped the paint from the edge clean off.
The wiper wasn’t massively off either – you’d never tell looking from the inside – so the margin for error appears to be pretty small. Annoying, but worth keeping an eye out for.
The car’s electronics occasionally have a mind of their own:
- the parking sensors have had the occasional panic by flat-lining despite the absence of obstacles.
- the brake pedal can’t be pressed when starting sometimes, as if it’s over-servo’d.
- the car had more difficulty detecting the key this time round for the initial few months. Just pressing the unlock button within the car seemed to rectify this.
- the bonnet needed a firmer hand in closing otherwise it was logged as ‘open’
Spec: Dynamic Lux 5dr 2014MY Engine: 2.2 SD4 Diesel, 187bhp, 309lb ft Transmission: 9-Speed Auto Mpg: Official: 47.1mpg Achieved: 35 – 42mpg Performance: 0-62mph: 8.5 Secs, 121mph Colour: Firenze Red Running Period: Spring 2015 – Spring 2016, 15,500 Miles Options: Privacy Glass, Premium Interior Pack (Powered Tailgate, Panoramic roof, 825W Meridian Sound System - 16 speakers + Sub, 8” Dual View TV/Touch Screen + infrared headphone, auto-dimming rear view mirror, Surround Camera system, Blind Spot Monitoring, Keyless Entry, Park Assist, Climate Control, Heated Seats)