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Range Rover Evoque - Interior, design and technology

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

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£40,020 to £60,820
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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 second-generation Evoque is less aggressive, taking inspiration instead 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 18 to 21 inches as standard, depending on spec.

A palette of silvers, greys, and blacks makes up most of Evoque’s paint choices, with Corinthian Bronze being a notable exception. Fuji white is the only standard paint, Metallic paint costs £705, premium metallic paint is £970, and a contrasting painted roof costs £650.

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, with a greater focus on outright luxury. 

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However, the separate screen with its easy-to-use dials has gone, merged into the large 11.4-inch touchscreen just like on the Volvo XC40. This is a backwards step in our view because it’s taken something that allowed the Evoque to stand out against its rivals in terms of ease of use, and given us a ‘solution’ that makes it just as hard to adjust the air-con on the move as in those competitors. Plus, the rotary dials had a clever dual purpose that allowed you to adjust the heated front seats with them, too. Now, you’ve got to delve into the screen to do this task as well.

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There’s plenty of scope for personalisation inside, with various colour combinations, equipment packs and trim finishes, but you should be prepared to pay handsomely to add these individual touches.

As you might expect, there’s plenty of options packs, too. The £865 optional convenience pack available from the entry-level Evoque S model adds keyless entry, an electric tailgate, and automatic high-beam assistance. There’s also a Comfort pack that adds a UV and infrared reflecting windscreen and a fancier cabin air purification system, gives you a couple of air vents in the back, and configurable ambient interior lighting.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The Evoque features Land Rover's Pivi Pro on-board tech, which includes a 11.4-inch touchscreen, a DAB digital radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The menu layout is straightforward, and the system can now be upgraded via over-the-air updates. Simply put, Land Rover’s Pivi Pro infotainment system is a quantum leap compared with the old set-up featured in pre-2021-model-year Evoques. 

Entry-level S has a basic 140-watt, six-speaker sound system, although this can be upgraded for £630 to the same 400-watt, 11-speaker Meridian sound system that comes as standard with the rest of the range. From Dynamic SE, there is the option of a fancier 650-watt, 14-speaker Meridian surround-sound system. All trim levels come with a wireless phone charging pad.

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Senior news reporter

A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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