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Took the DS in for some warranty repairs: rear wiper getting stuck in middle of window, SD card read errors, fuel gauge calibration. They asked if I wanted to wait 5 minutes while they washed a Range Rover, or if I wanted to take a Jaguar right now..... In my mind I thought Range Rover Sport.... oops.

The Evoque is actually bigger inside that it's shape suggests. Plenty of room for the carseat and didn't have to push the passenger into the glovebox. Ride is much quieter and smoother. No little rattles! Suspension was less harsh too. It's a luxury car. However the steering was exceptionally numb. Even though is has the same 2.0 turbo, it felt much more peppy and responsive to throttle input.

Our little cubby in front of the shifter is 1000% more useful. Also the A/C controls aren't as sexy with the temp displayed in the dial.

I was glad to get back in the DS. The Evoque feel like you're "trying too hard." If you know what I mean.
 

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The Evoque is 5 years older so that explains a lot!

Was the Evoque equipped with 18" wheels instead of 20" - that would make is soft?

Steering is a big deal breaker for me - the numb steering is a turn off while the DS has that "feel of the road" connection - I chose the DS.
 

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I agree with most of what you said. I chalk up the more spirited drive to a smaller, lighter vehicle maybe?

Although the seats and finish were pretty nice, I did find the interior really cramped. I'm 6'2'' and have a lanky frame. I felt like my arms/shoulders were taking up 2/3 of the width of the car. I know that's not true, but that's what it felt like it. The DS feels so much bigger inside, not to mention the better visibility. The evoque's tiny windows would also take some getting used to.
 

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Took the DS in for some warranty repairs: rear wiper getting stuck in middle of window, SD card read errors, fuel gauge calibration. They asked if I wanted to wait 5 minutes while they washed a Range Rover, or if I wanted to take a Jaguar right now..... In my mind I thought Range Rover Sport.... oops.

The Evoque is actually bigger inside that it's shape suggests. Plenty of room for the carseat and didn't have to push the passenger into the glovebox. Ride is much quieter and smoother. No little rattles! Suspension was less harsh too. It's a luxury car. However the steering was exceptionally numb. Even though is has the same 2.0 turbo, it felt much more peppy and responsive to throttle input.

Our little cubby in front of the shifter is 1000% more useful. Also the A/C controls aren't as sexy with the temp displayed in the dial.

I was glad to get back in the DS. The Evoque feel like you're "trying too hard." If you know what I mean.

We were considering the Evoque first. We got to take it home for an extended test drive. I really like the looks but, in the end, it was way too small for us. Also we ended up liking the DS looks even better. The one thing I did like a lot about the Evoque was the responsiveness. They seem to have a much better fuel map/shift map or something.

My DS has improved but it's still not where the Evoque was. I don't blame it on weight either. There's something different going on between the two that I haven't figured out yet.
You are all correct about the steering/handling. DS beats it the Evoque. Hadling is a big redeeming factor of the DS and the one downfall of the Evoque. If they could each just improve those respective weaknesses ....****, they'd both be really good.

I can only imagine how well that Dynamic Discovery Sport drives.

However, I drove a 2016 model DS as a loaner yesterday and the throttle response was WORSE than my DS ever was. They've seemed to have gone backwards. It was nothing short of terrible. If all Discovery Sports are running like that, I don't see how they are selling.
 

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The Evoque is 5 years older so that explains a lot!

Was the Evoque equipped with 18" wheels instead of 20" - that would make is soft?

Steering is a big deal breaker for me - the numb steering is a turn off while the DS has that "feel of the road" connection - I chose the DS.
True that on the wheels. ;)
 

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I agree with most of what you said. I chalk up the more spirited drive to a smaller, lighter vehicle maybe?

Although the seats and finish were pretty nice, I did find the interior really cramped. I'm 6'2'' and have a lanky frame. I felt like my arms/shoulders were taking up 2/3 of the width of the car. I know that's not true, but that's what it felt like it. The DS feels so much bigger inside, not to mention the better visibility. The evoque's tiny windows would also take some getting used to.
I think the Evoque is too small as well. My stepson was cramped in the back seats the other day. It's nice, but it's no way nicer than a DS. The interior is almost identical. Plus, it has less room. In some situations, it does not hesitate like the DS, but it's not all that much quicker.
 

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Hi all, first post.

We have both a 2012 Evoque and a 2015 DS, same petrol engine, so I can make some observations on real life usage and experience comparing both.

Exterior:
Even thought our Evoque is 3 years older than the DS, it is still the looker of the family. They look very similar from the front both both sides and back, the DS looks much more generic. It is still a beautiful car but not the head turner the Evoque is.

Interior:
Our Evoque has full lather seats while the Ds has leather + fabric but not considering this has it was a economics choice, here is how I find they compare to each other.


-Fit and finish: Edge for the Evoque. The material is more upscale, the finish is better, material feels better quality (things like flimsy eyeglass holder on DS, etc..), the DS has more hard plastic while the Evoque have more soft surfaces.

-Space: Edge for the DS, The DS is about (by my own measurements) 10cm / 4 inches wider inside, door panel to door panel and you do feel the difference. In addition, with more glass area and more view to the outside, the difference in dimension feels even bigger than it really is. Trunk space as well is much more usable in the DS. We have someone in the family who has a small, foldable wheelchair but we can't fit it in the Evoque trunk.
Back seats are also noticeably much more spacious and again feel more than it is because of the less steep roof.

- Seats: it's a tie. I personally find the Evoque seats much more confortable (in fact, I still can't find the perfect seat adjustment on the DS). Also subjective, it will depend on preference: the DS has a much more "seating high" position while the Evoque seat is lower with a more sporty feel.

-Driving: Edge Evoque. The Evoque suspension feels superior (air suspension?), the DS also has more body roll.
The Evoque drives less harshly, smoother and is more precise and responsive.
On the flip side, although this is not a real issue, you do feel a little more secure driving off-road on the DS because of the hi-seating position.


-Engine feels the same, acceleration difference is barely noticeable.

For pure driving fun, looks and finish, I would choose the Evoque.
For Space and practicality, I would choose the DS.
It depends on your priorities but both are great cars. The Evoque is now 3-1/2 years and has been running smoothly and trouble free thus why we opted for the DS to replace a Mitsubishi Montero as the 2nd larger car.

Feel free to ask any questions.
 
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