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Range Rover Evoque review - Interior, design and technology

The Evoque looks great, has a luxurious interior and boasts great tech

The latest Range Rover Evoque has received an evolutionary styling update – Land Rover has chosen not to break what worked so well for the original car. The Evoque takes inspiration from the larger Range Rover Velar, with similar headlights, taillights and smoothed-off flanks with smart recessed door handles. R-Dynamic models bring a sportier look, adding black and burnished copper detailing plus a body-coloured front bumper.

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There are plenty of alloy wheel designs to pick from, ranging from 17 to 20 inches as standard depending on spec, or 21 inches as an option. On the standard car, an optional black exterior pack replaces some chrome and body-coloured trim parts with glossy black items for £640.

A palette of silvers, greys and blacks makes up most of the Evoque’s paint choices, with Firenze Red a notable exception. Metallic paint costs £640, premium metallic paint £950 and a contrasting silver or black painted roof costs £535.

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Inside there’s more inspiration from elsewhere in the Range Rover line-up, with a focus on quality materials, clean design and modern infotainment. Overall interior quality has taken a welcome step forward and is now on a par with rivals like the Audi Q3 and BMW X2; it feels slightly ahead of the Volvo XC40 in this regard, with a greater focus on outright luxury.

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There’s plenty of scope for personalisation inside. ‘Kvadrat’ textile upholstery is standard, available in two shades and complemented by faux-suede Dinamica elements; quilted leather upholstery is a £1,650 upgrade available in four colours.

There are numerous headlining options, along with decorative dashboard and centre console trim in wood or aluminium; an optional steering wheel with a decorative bezel or suedecloth trim can also be specified. Configurable ambient lighting and illuminated tread plates add an extra element of personalisation.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

In-car technology is one major area where the new Evoque blows its predecessor into the weeds. Entry-level cars get a standard 10-inch infotainment system as found across the JLR portfolio, with standard front and rear parking assistance and a rear view camera.

The step up to S trim adds sat nav and – for the first time on a Land Rover – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. SE and HSE models benefit from Touch Pro Duo, Land Rover’s dual-screen infotainment system; a set of digital dials behind the steering wheel is also added.

Touch Pro Duo splits the car’s infotainment functions across two screens on the centre console, with most car settings (including ventilation) moved to the lower touchscreen with its three rotary dials. The upper screen is used for sat-nav, music and parking assistance, among other features. The system works well and is a good match for similarly sophisticated systems from Audi, Mercedes and Volvo.

Music lovers will enjoy the two optional sound systems developed by British hi-fi manufacturer Meridian – a 10-speaker system for £600 or a 14-speaker surround sound option for £1,200. The former is standard with HSE trim, with the latter priced at £600 for this model.

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