Originally Posted by impolyt_one
The turbo 4's aren't going anywhere, you should get used to them. They have okay grunt too. You won't be getting to 60mph in less than 7 seconds, but an honest 25mpg mixed AND 30 if you're on the freeway all day is a pretty good feeling too.
The design on the Evoque though, still don't like it. It's plastic-y in a bad way, the design looks like an awkward 7/8ths sized version of what it should be in real life (I'm not a large man, and I've sat inside the Evoque at a car show, it felt like a very small car) and it looks pretty toy considering it has the Range Rover script on the trunk and deck. They get away with calling it a Range Rover by incorporating the all-black greenhouse and a clamshell hood, but there's not much else there. Otherwise it's a generi-faux SUV. Hell, I'd rather have an X3 with the M sport pack over the Evoque, and it'd probably even be a bit cheaper.
I know I'm bigger than you and I fit in the cockpit okay. I always test the back seat by putting the driver's seat where I want it, then get in behind it. I got in okay, had an okay amount of room, but getting out was a pain.
FWIW, reviews put it above the X3 in most every category. Apparently it's fairly capable off road although not up to LR4/RRS type standards. While she would never take it off road we have some major inclement weather where we live so I like her in a vehicle that is fairly capable.
For me the big deal is still the rear view window (my least favorite looking part of the vehicle too) and the 4 cylinder turbo. When I get it out for a drive the turbo might change my mind but the rear window is bad.
Also, FWIW, I would never put her in an X3. That's a cheap feeling and poorly designed cockpit if you ask me. Actually, most of the BMW line up is a huge disappointment to me when I get behind the wheel. They really tend to have cheap looking dashboards, stereos, electronics and layouts I really dislike.