Even the base five-door Evoque has electric seat height adjustment, with a broad range of movement. The seats are comfortable and offer plenty of support, the pedals are well placed and, even on SE models, you can upgrade to 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, including adjustable lumbar support, for a very reasonable extra cost. With it, the Evoque has one of the best driving positions of any small SUV.
The air-con switches are easy to use, but the driver readout menus can be a little convoluted, and everything else functions through the big colour touchscreen, which also has some tricky menu layouts and is sometimes slow to respond.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque visibility
Forward visibility in the Evoque is perfectly good (particularly in the five-door, which has a taller windscreen than the Coupe), although the big door mirrors can sometimes obstruct your view out onto roundabouts and junctions.
Unfortunately, rear visibility is more compromised; the screen is wide, but extremely shallow even in the five-door, while the three-door has even poorer visibility to the rear three-quarters thanks to the narrower rear windows.
Still, front and rear parking sensors are standard across the range, and higher trims get a rear view camera as standard, too. All but base SE models get a heated windscreen as standard, which will de-mist the screen very quickly.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque infotainment
All Range Rover Evoques come with an 8.0in colour touchscreen, and on SE and SE Tech models the straightforward home screen makes it easy to jump between key functions. However, beyond the core home menu, some tasks, such as finding a new radio station or inputting a new destination, can be quite convoluted, and many of the icons are small, making it tricky to select precisely when you’re driving.
Fortunately, the graphics are clear and all models get Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, a digital radio, a USB input that gives full control of your MP3 player or iPhone through the car’s system, and a multi-function steering wheel. SE and SE Tech models both have an effective eight-speaker sound system, while the higher trims add more speakers and more powerful amplifiers.
Oddly, with the higher trims (HSE and above) you get entirely different software that makes the touchscreen slower to respond and harder to use. However, as compensation, you do get a built-in hard disk to store your music on, 'say what you see' voice control and, with HSE Dynamic Lux and Autobiography trims, a digital TV.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque build quality
The Evoque scores highly on initial impressions, because the interior feels appropriately plush. The standard leather seems of a good quality, and the contrasting gloss plastic inserts and metal-finish highlights look suitably high-end.
That said, the Evoque falls a bit short of the faultlessly precise build quality of some of its best rivals – namely the Audi Q3 and BMW X1 – with a few sharp-edged plastics hidden away in the lower sections of the cabin.