Space & practicality

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review

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22 Feb 2016 12:20 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 18:10

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 front space

There’s plenty of room in the front of the Evoque and its seats slide a long way back, so it has close to class-leading leg room.

A cubby in the centre console, which is covered by a scrolling lid, will be your main stowage space for life’s paraphernalia. It houses the USB socket, so it’s a convenient place to keep your phone, and there are also two fixed cupholders, although they won’t hold large bottles or chunky takeaway cups.

The door pockets are also quite narrow, so they won’t swallow anything bigger than a standard 500ml bottle, while the glovebox is shallow and, with the owner's manual in there, you won't have room for any more than a bag of sweets.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 rear space

Open the rear doors and, thanks to the high hip point, it’s easy to slide yourself onto the rear seats. Once you're inside, it feels light and airy. Head and leg room are still not as good as in the BMW X1, but two six-footers will be comfortable enough.

A central rear armrest houses two cupholders and makes life more comfortable for those in the back. But fold the armrest up and try to squeeze somebody into the middle and they’ll be very cramped.

Range Rover Evoque boot

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 seating flexibility

It’s pretty unadventurous for an SUV in this respect. The rear seats are split 60/40 instead of the more flexible 40/20/40 arrangement of some rivals, and they don’t slide or recline.

You also don’t have convenient levers by the tailgate opening that other SUVs offer; instead, you have to open the rear doors and push the button next to the relevant rear head restraint – not a big deal, admittedly, but it’s little areas such as this that the Evoque shows its age.

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 4x4 boot space

The official boot figures suggest the Evoque has a very large load bay, but this is misleading because Land Rover measures boot capacity in a different way to most other manufacturers. Compared like for like, the Evoque’s storage capacity is nothing to write home about; its load bay is shorter than that in the X1 or Audi Q3, even if it's wider and similarly tall. You’ll also have to lift items quite a way off the ground to get them into the boot, although at least there’s no annoying lip at the entrance to negotiate. With the rear seats folded, there’s a sizeable step in the boot floor, too.

Ultimately, the Evoque is suitable for a big shop, but a family holiday will probably warrant a roof box. A powered tailgate is optional on lower models and standard on the upper trims.

 

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This is the cheapest trim, and is the one to go for provided you’re not set on having sat-nav, as it comes with more than just the essential kit. Heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control, 18...View trim
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