It is interesting reading forums and owner’s comments …
In general people seem to be passionately supportive of the vehicles they have chosen … at least those who choose to post on the forum for the car they own.
What is also interesting is how balanced and representative many of the respective owners can be regarding the car they chose and didn’t choose.
That said, I cannot help noticing an unhappy undertone in the Evoque forum compared to that of the X3.
I can’t find words to express the sentiment, but reading through the forums, although most Evoke owners seem to wax lyrical about the Evoque it is also tempered by a background odour which leaves the reader feeling quite anxious.
And while BMW owners aren’t without their problems either, the BMW X3 forum seems a much brighter happier place.
In the Evoque forum there are perpetual complaints about dealers, delivery promises, reliability and quality.
Evoque owners love the styling but complain about performance.
In the BMW forum people are generally delighted with service, are excited in anticipation of delivery and revel in the joy of driving when they finally take delivery.
The more I read, the happier I become that I haven’t bought an Evoque … and the more excited I become that I chose what promises to be a superb vehicle which is immensely fun to drive and appears still just as economical.
Even without driving either of that cars, had I spent time in the forums prior to trying the cars, my decision to buy a BMW would have been one sided and quite unequivocal.
For sure, for immediate visual impact the Evoque is spectacular to look at … but past that it seems to make numerous practical sacrifices on all fronts.
As much I love the look of the Evoque, even since the first days it was announced as a concept, I can’t help turning off it the more I look at it in detail.
I have read many times the impression that once the initial impact of the Evoque has waned, the love affair with one will quickly pass.
Conversely, while the visual appeal of the X3 may not be as dramatic, but I find that it grows on you … and the more time you spend with the car as a whole, the stronger the love affair becomes.
The only analogy I can come up with is that the Evoque is a quick fling and the X3 is a long term meaningful relationship.