Just about everything that makes the Evoque and Discovery Sport move, steer and stop is shared between them. You might, therefore, expect them to feel much the same to drive – but that’s not quite the case. The Evoque’s steering is more responsive, making you feel more connected with the car, and its ride is generally very comfortable. Overall it’s a very satisfying car to drive.
In comparison, the Discovery Sport feels less agile and leans more in corners. It’s not as enjoyable to drive as the Evoque and it doesn’t give you such a smooth ride, although it’s still good to drive when compared with many family-friendly SUVs.
The two cars are available with the same choice of petrol and diesel engines and even a plug-in hybrid option. The Evoque is slightly lighter than the Discovery Sport, which helps it accelerate a bit more quickly.
As you’d expect of Land Rovers, both cars are capable off-road. Just use a dial by the gear lever to select the type of surface you’re on and the Terrain Response system adjusts its settings to suit the conditions. You may never drive up a steep and rocky mountain trail, but it’s reassuring to know that a muddy car park will hold no fear.