• The Range Rover Evoque is available as a three-door, pictured here, or a five-door
  • Bonnet vent is reminiscent of the Jaguar XFR’s. Does it need it? No. Does it look good? You be the judge
  • All premium cars seem to need a signature light, for the Evoque it's a jewel-like 3D petal design
  • Engine bay vents on the Evoque's flanks cut into the doors
  • Headlamps are unusually narrow, but stretch way back
  • The steering wheel comes from Jaguar’s XJ and is ideal in size and shape
  • Perceived quality is high, although some found the seats to be too flat when pressing on
  • This is a proper Range Rover, with real off-road capabilities
  • The rear is adult-friendly but the rakish roof reduces headroom
  • The optional panoramic roof opens up the cabin beautifully
  • Despite the Evoque’s compact length, the boot is capable of holding 550 litres
  • Range Rover Evoque
    The Evoque is up to 100kg lighter than the Freelander and is based on similar architecture
  • Two diesels dominate sales, although a decent petrol is also available
  • Smooth progress is easy to make, with the ’box shifting mostly intelligently
  • Considering the vehicle's weight, 187bhp is on the modest side
  • Performance and ride quality are respectable by premium SUV standards
  • The steering is well weighted and responsive, save for a slight stickiness off straight-ahead
  • A fine Range Rover whose reality (almost) matches its hype

The Evoque brings new dynamism and sparkle to the Range Rover marque inside. The dials add new bling to the dashboard, and the centre console – throughout Land Rover history as upright as the car’s nose – rakes steeply down towards the transmission tunnel.

There rests the rotary gearlever dial, born in a Jaguar but fast becoming a feature of all automatic JLR cars, and surrounded by more neatly designed, smaller switchgear than in previous Range Rovers.

Matt Burt

Head of Content, Haymarket Automotive
Unforgivably for an SUV, the Range Rover Evoque dispenses with a spare wheel

Land Rover has trodden a careful path with the Evoque’s cabin. It would have been easy to over-glamorise it.

Instead, it just errs towards the classy, without being overly bejewelled (except perhaps in the dials department).

Perceived quality is broadly very commendable. You will find no better plastics, leathers or textures at this price.

In Prestige trim, those surfaces extend to leather seats, whose shape looks more appealing than it feels to sit in during spirited driving, where several of our testers felt them too flat.

They’re a compromise somewhere between the upright ‘command’ driving position of which Land Rover is proud (and which this car’s short length dictates if decent rear legroom is to be maintained), and the conventional low-car driving position most Evoque buyers will be more familiar with.

A widely adjustable steering wheel means most will be able to find a comfortable driving position, but it took some of our testers a touch longer than usual to do so.

The rear cabin is respectable for adults, but the  three-door variant (which costs more than the five-door) does put headroom at a much greater premium. With a high floor, a low roof and a stubby rear overhang, you’d expect the boot to be small, but it’s respectable, at 550 litres.

However, it dispenses, unforgivably for an SUV, with a spare wheel. Throw the rear seats forward and you create 1350 litres of volume. Meanwhile, Land Rover has, perhaps more astutely, taken care to ensure the Evoque can take a set of golf clubs “without long clubs having to be removed from the bag”.

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