Drive my Subaru BRZ to get its winter tires fitted. Ambient was around minus 10C with snow and ice everywhere. Those Michelin Pilot A/S 3 are simply unbelievable. Back to back with the Pireli Sottozeros driven in the same conditions moments later and there wasn't a lot to choose. I never woukd have believed an all season tire could deliver that level of winter performance. It has to be the tread compound because the tread pattern looks useless for ice. Continental DWS are comparable with better winter performance but less capable in summer.
The Evoque is a Kuga. It is a triumph of style over substance. Nice car but over priced, and intentionally so. Great marketing.
I drove my first (and only) Kuga in early summer from Stratford into the Cotswolds. I insisted on a Focus but apparently Stratford Budget gets too many Americans so they only stocked the Kuga. Awd capability is irrelevant for UK roads (odd then that the British build the most capable awd systems) so I was set to be disappointed. The Kuga is a great drive for its type. And because it had a very good awd system I didn't hesitate to park it on a sodden verge to visit the Roman village somewhere near the Cotswolds. Only a second or two to actually experience the awd system but it is excellent. In fact the Kuga is so good Ford now builds it as the Escape over here for North America and it's the best soft roader currently available here. Of course the same awd system is available in the less popular but even better Ford Fusion based on your Mondeo.
I particularly enjoyed the description of what an XF is like to drive daily:
"Very relaxed, unaggressive but not slow". Exactly how my XF makes me feel. The car is so capable it makes quick driving effortless in any conditions. I refer to it as my rush hour cocoon.