Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 driving position
Even the entry-level 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 cost. With it, the Evoque has one of the best driving positions of any small SUV.
Most switches, such as those for the air-con, are easy to use, but the driver readout menus – on the TFT screen between the instruments – can be a little convoluted to operate.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 visibility
Forward visibility in the Evoque is perfectly good, although the big door mirrors can sometimes obstruct your view out onto roundabouts and junctions. Unfortunately, rear visibility is more compromised by the wide but extremely shallow rear screen.
Still, front and rear parking sensors are standard across the range, while higher trims also get a rear view camera as standard. All but entry-level SE models get a heated windscreen as standard, so it de-ices very quickly.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 infotainment
SE, SE Tech and Landmark Edition Evoques come with an 8.0in colour touchscreen as standard, but you can’t get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The straightforward home menu makes it easy to jump between key functions, which include sat-nav on all but entry-level SE trim, although it's a shame that the screen doesn't respond a little more promptly when you press it.
Beyond the core home menu, some of the other processes – such as finding a radio station or inputting a new destination – are quite convoluted and the necessary icons aren't always obvious. Some of the icons are quite small, too, making them tricky to hit while you’re driving.
An 10in InControl Touch Pro infotainment system is an option on the lower trims and standard from HSE Dynamic. It’s much quicker to respond than the 8.0in version, but still not as snappy or as easy to use as the best systems out there, such as the iDrive in the BMW X1.
All models get Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, a DAB radio, a USB socket and controls on the steering wheel. Even the entry-level models come with an effective eight-speaker sound system, while HSE Dynamic trim bumps that up to 10 speakers and a subwoofer. Move to the top two trims and you get an 825W system with 16 speakers plus a subwoofer.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 build quality
The Evoque scores highly on initial impressions, thanks to some choice materials on key touch points: the standard leather is of a good quality and the contrasting gloss plastic inserts and metal highlights look suitably high-end.
That said, the Evoque still falls a tad short on perceived quality in some places, with a few sharp-edged plastics hidden away in the lower sections of the interior.