The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Land Rover is one of the best in the business when it comes to driving positions, and the Evoque's is yet another example of it getting things right.
You sit higher than you do in many rivals, including the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, plus there's lots of steering wheel adjustment and the driver's seat is super-comfy – with heated, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats (including adjustable lumbar support) from S trim up. HSE models get 14-way adjustable electric seats with adjustable bolsters, but we don’t think they’re worth the extra outlay.
Go for SE trim or above and you also get a 10.0in touchscreen that sits directly below the main infotainment screen and is used to control the air conditioning, the heated seats and the various driving modes. Switching between functions using the on-screen icons requires you to take your eyes off the road, but once you've done this, you can use two dial controllers, which make life easier.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The Range Rover Evoque's extrovert styling doesn't mean it wasn't thoughtfully designed, and in fact it isn't at all tricky to see out of. Its lofty driving position gives you a commanding view of the road ahead and its front pillars don’t block too much of your diagonal view at junctions and roundabouts.
Despite the rising rear window line and shallow rear screen, you can see quite a lot of what's behind you compared with in some cars in the class. On top of that, every Evoque comes with front and rear parking sensors and a 360deg camera as standard.
What's more, if you pay a bit extra (or opt for HSE trim), you'll get a rear-view mirror that, at the touch of a button, can morph into a screen showing a view directly behind the car, so you can still see behind you while driving even if the boot is loaded to the roof.
Sat nav and infotainment
The Range Rover Evoque's Pivi Pro infotainment system is pretty much exactly the same as you’ll find in the larger Land Rover Defender. Its 10.0in touchscreen is sharp and its angle can be adjusted to suit your driving position. You get plenty of gadgets, too, including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring, which uses the entire screen to display a trimmed-down version of your phone's home screen.
When it comes to outright solidity, the Range Rover Evoque’s interior matches the best in class, including the Volvo XC40. Its materials feel suitably plush, especially with the leather seats that come as standard from S trim, although you can opt for a 'Eucalyptus' non-leather interior as a no-cost option.
With that, the steering wheel covering is made from recycled plastic (although it feels like suede), and the seats are trimmed with a material that looks and feels a bit like denim. If you’re worried that that all sounds a bit low-rent in what’s supposed to be a luxury SUV, we can assure you that it really doesn’t detract from the overall upmarket look and feel of the interior.
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