Range Rover Evoque SUV (2011-2018) - Interior & comfort
The Range Rover Evoque has the luxury feel of the bigger Range Rover
The Evoque is the cheapest model in the Range Rover line-up, but it never feels like that. Metal and leather is used in much of the interior to give it an upmarket feel and all models have a touchscreen infotainment system.
Getting comfortable is easy thanks to a wide range of adjustment for the driver’s seat and steering wheel, while the raised driving position and large door mirrors give a decent view outside. Both the three and five-door models have a small rear windscreen that makes reversing tricky, although all Evoques have front and rear parking sensors.
Yet it's not just the classy interior and clever technology that make the Evoque feel like a real Range Rover. Its suspension does an excellent job of ironing out lumps and bumps, too, even if it’s not quite as competent in this area as the peerlessly smooth full-size Range Rover. The interior also remains quiet at a cruise, with only a little wind noise coming from the car’s large wingmirrors.
Range Rover Evoque dashboard
Everything about the inside of the Range Rover Evoque screams luxury. Much of the interior is covered in leather and interior plastics get expensive-looking finishes, while controls such as the rotary dial for the automatic gearbox are made of metal that's cool to the touch. The car’s infotainment system offers useful features, such as (on HSE Dynamic Lux and Autobiography models); the ability to show sat nav directions to the driver while the passenger watches a DVD on the same screen.
The basic Range Rover Evoque SE comes with lots of equipment, including heated leather seats, a leather steering wheel, an eight-speaker stereo with DAB digital radio, 18-inch alloys, lane-departure warning, cruise control, all-round parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights. SE Tech adds black styling inserts, 12-way adjustable seats, sat nav, front foglights, automatic bright xenon headlights and a heated windscreen.
The HSE Dynamic gives the Evoque sportier looks thanks to numerous styling additions, including revised front and rear bumpers and 20-inch alloy wheels. You also get a premium sat nav and stereo, in-car wi-fi and a rear parking camera, all of which are included within the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. This gets a 10.2-inch screen that recognises 'pinch-to-zoom' functions as well as swiping for a user-friendly experience. You also get cameras all round to help you navigate narrow lanes, a tricky off-road course or just a tight parking spot.
HSE Dynamic Lux has the same sporty looks, along with extra kit such as a surround-sound stereo, a panoramic sunroof, a power-operated bootlid, an automatic parking system, a surround-view camera and lane-keeping assistance.The Range Rover Evoque Autobiography is designed to be the ultimate in luxury, with a full leather interior, 14-way adjustable seats that can be heated or cooled and its own design of 20-inch alloy wheels.
The HSE Dynamic, HSE Dynamic Lux and Autobiography can be specified with Adaptive Dynamics, which makes the Evoque more fun to drive and extra-comfortable on rough roads. There's also a distinctive Landmark Edition, priced slightly below the HSE Dynamic, and available only with five doors. It places the emphasis firmly on style, with unique colour choices, a contrasting roof treatment and special 19-inch wheels.
Options for the Evoque are many and varied. Most of the kit from the higher-spec models can be added to the less prestigious versions, while 'All-Terrain Progress Control' is optional on any Evoque with an automatic gearbox. This lets the car take control on rough terrain, scanning ahead and maintaining slow and steady progress over difficult ground.