Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Being quite a substantial car, you wouldn’t expect to struggle to fit in the front of the Evoque and, sure enough, you won’t – unless you’re exceptionally tall, that is.
Both front seats slide a long way back on their runners, and you’d have to be close to seven feet tall to feel your hair brushing the ceiling, even if you opt for a panoramic sunroof – a feature that can often severely restrict head room.
As for storage space, there’s loads, including a reasonable-sized glovebox and cubby under the central armrest, a couple of cupholders between the front seats and lots of handy trays dotted around.
Although the Evoque is small by Range Rover standards, this latest version is actually bigger in the back than its predecessor, thanks to its longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels).
In fact, the Evoque is one of the roomiest family SUVs when it comes to both rear head and leg room; the XC40 has more of the latter, but not by much, and the Evoque's rear seats are better shaped. Its relatively broad interior also makes carrying three adults in the back less of a squeeze than it is in many rivals.
Seat folding and flexibility
However, the rear seatbacks split in a 40/20/40 arrangement, which is better than the 60/40 split you get in the XC40 and enables great flexibility when you need to carry a combination of rear seat passengers and a lengthy load.
You can ignore the official boot capacity in litres; Land Rover measures boot space in a different way from most other manufacturers. We have assessed it using the What Car? holiday luggage test to see what it's like in reality, though; it accepted five carry-on suitcases, which is okay but no match for a BMW X1 or Volvo XC40. If golf is your bag, there's enough room for a set of clubs.
The 40/20/40 split rear seats fold down to leave an almost completely flat extended load bay to help when you need to cart around more clobber.