There’s plenty of room in the front of the Range Rover 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 cup holders, although they won’t hold large bottles or chunky takeaway cups.
The door pockets are also quite narrow, so won’t swallow anything bigger than a standard 500ml bottle, while the glovebox is shallow and, with the owners manual in there, you’ll have little room for more than a bag of sweets.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque rear space
You have to think of the three-door (or Coupe) and five-door Evoque as two different models in this area. The three-door fails to impress. Getting into the rear seats is quite a challenge because you have to clamber through a narrow gap behind the tilted-forward passenger seat, and, even when you’re seated, head room isn’t great – six-footers are likely to find their heads brushing the roof.
The five-seater is better. The roofline is higher than the Coupe’s, and, with the seats at around hip height, it’s easy to slide in, and when you’re there it feels much airier than the three-door. Head and leg room are still not as good as in a BMW X1, but two six-footers will be comfortable enough.
A central rear armrest (standard on both the Coupe and the five-door) houses two cupholders, and makes life more comfortable for those in the back. But fold the armrest up, and try and squeeze somebody into the middle, and they’ll be very cramped.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque seating flexibility
The rear seats in both the Coupe and five-door are split 60/40, and can be folded down by pushing a button next to the relevant rear head restraint and giving the seatback a shove forward. The extended loadbay this brings isn’t completely level, but at least there are no annoying steps.
Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 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. As it is, the Evoque’s storage capacity is nothing to write home about; its load bay is shorter than an Audi Q3 or a BMW X1’s, if similarly tall and wider. You’ll also have to lift items quite a way off the floor to get them into the boot to start with, although at least there’s no annoying lip at the entrance to negotiate.
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 most models but standard on the range-topper.