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.
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 often severely restricts 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, it's actually quite roomy in the back compared with most other family SUVs. True, the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40 offer a bit more knee room, but the Evoque's seats are better shaped and there's plenty of space for six-footers.
The 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
The rear seats don’t do anything clever, such as slide or recline – handy features that are available on both the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
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 because Land Rover measures boot space in a different way from most other manufacturers. There's certainly enough space for a buggy or, if golf is your bag, a set of clubs. However, we managed to squeeze only five carry-on sized suitcases below the parcel shelf, compared with seven in the XC40 and eight in the X1. Impressively, boot space for the P300e remains the same as it is for the non-plug-in hybrid models.
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.
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