The Evoque gets seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, while stability control, hill hold assist (which brakes the car automatically for a few moments to prevent you from rolling backwards when pulling away on a hill) and tyre-pressure monitoring are standard. You even get trailer stability assist, which uses the car’s stability control systems to automatically help correct a trailer if it starts to weave.
However, despite a five-star Euro NCAP overall rating, the Evoque didn’t do as well on adult, child and pedestrian protection as some of its rivals. In particular, it lost points for providing only average whiplash protection in rear-end shunts, for not displaying clearly enough whether the passenger airbag was switched on or off and not clearly showing the dangers of using rear-facing child seats without first switching off the appropriate airbag.
All Evoque models come with lane keep assist and automatic emergency braking, which works at motorway speeds as well as around town. Blindspot warning and traffic sign recognition – which displays the speed limit on the driver’s display – are standard on the range-topping trims and optional on all others.
An alarm and immobiliser are included. Thatcham rates the Evoque highly for resistance to break-ins and theft.
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