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Used test: BMW 3 Series Touring vs Range Rover Evoque interiors

With a badge as stylish as Kim K, the Range Rover Evoque is a compelling buy, especially used. But can it better a similarly priced BMW 3 Series Touring?...

BMW 3 Series Touring interior


Driving position, visibility, build quality, practicality

If you're hoping for a commanding driving position inside the Range Rover Evoque, then we have some good news. Next to many of its SUV rivals, let alone the BMW 3 Series Touring, you sit suitably high and mighty. Alternatively, if you're after a low, sporty driving position, the Touring caters for that well while still giving you a decent view out. 

We are disappointed that adjustable lumbar support was optional from new on both of these, so you'll have to seek it out when searching the classifieds. It cost the original 3 Series Touring owner £265, while it was a slightly eye-watering £690 in regards to the Evoque. 

2019 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque dashboard RHD

Interior quality impresses in either car. There are plenty of high-quality materials used throughout, with just a few scratchy plastics in places you rarely touch. The 3 Series Touring is marginally worse for the odd cheap-feeling material.

Mind you, it fights back with better build quality. The Evoque isn't bad, but some pieces of trim on the centre console and dashboard don't feel quite as well screwed together as those you'll find in the 3 Series Touring. 

BMW 3 Series Touring boot

Points for interior space also go to the 3 Series Touring. While both cars are roomy up front and in the back, the Touring has more rear leg room, giving six-footers a little more space to stretch. The Evoque betters its rival for head room, but so marginally that we'd doubt you'd notice.

Both are identically wide, meaning sitting three abreast is possible in either car.  What's more, you'll find handy 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats in either car, which is more useful than the standard 60/40 split many cars feature.

Range Rover Evoque boot

And, finally, the prize for boot space goes to the 3 Series Touring as well. We managed to fit seven carry-on suitcases below the parcel shelf, while the Evoque swallowed a (decent at best) five. 

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