Range Rover Evoque (2011-2018) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Evoque falls behind here with a slightly cramped cabin and boot which isn’t as spacious as rivals’.
The Range Rover Evoque is by no means small, at almost five metres long and two metres high. It's no surprise then, that there's plenty of space for passengers.
For that extra bit of practicality, we'd recommend the five-door Evoque option but either way, rear visibility is pretty poor. At least the high seating position does give a commanding view of the road ahead and the seats are very comfortable.
It's worth noting that the low-slung roofline on the Evoque means headroom is a bit tight, and shallow side windows create a slightly hemmed-in feel when you sit in the rear. The optional panoramic roof is a pricey option, but it lets in lots of much-needed light.
Look elsewhere in the cabin and you’ll discover plenty of useful storage space and a number of handy cup-holders. The five-door Evoque is spacious enough thanks to its 420-litre boot, but rivals are more spacious.
It may not look it, but the Evoque is smaller than both the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 and it shows inside. The rear seats do fold completely flat which is a bonus when sliding bulkier items in but rear passengers will be more comfortable in the BMW or Audi as there is more space.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The sloping roofline may look great but it does have a direct impact on passenger space in the rear. The middle seat is slightly elevated, and with three passengers back there, it can feel a little bit cramped. The rear windows are also quite small, which creates a sense of claustrophobia especially when compared to the airy X1.
The 420-litre boot is 85 litres smaller than the X1’s, but with the rear seats folded flat, that space increases to 1,445 litres. If you go for the three-door Evoque cupe, you get the same 420 litres of boot space with all five seats in place, but with the rear seats down, the overall capacity is a little less, at 1,350 litres.
The Convertible takes a major hit on practicality - even when compared with the limited space on offer in the regular three-door model. Indeed, the boot capacity drops from 420 litres to just 251 litres; that’s less than most superminis, and the letterbox aperture means that even if an item will fit, it’s tricky to get it in there. The rear seats don’t fold down at all - so you’ll need to opt for Dynamic Lux trim if you want the prospect of loading longer items, because it comes with a ski hatch in the rear seat.
In this review
- 1VerdictFamiliarity has dulled the Range Rover Evoque’s design impact, but it’s luxurious, well-engineered and still desirable
- 2Engines, performance and driveNew engines improve refinement but the Evoque still isn’t as thrilling to drive BMW and Audi rivals
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsEfficient new engines make the Evoque cheaper to run than rivals plus the better residual values are a bonus
- 4Interior, design and technologyFunctional and classy, the Evoque has a very premium cabin, but the sat nav system still lags behind
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Evoque falls behind here with a slightly cramped cabin and boot which isn’t as spacious as rivals’.
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Evoque’s good looks aren’t matched by impressive reliability but safety is strong