Land Rover Range Rover Evoque interior
The Range Rover Evoque’s interior looks super smart, but it doesn’t feel quite as well built as alternatives and its fancy infotainment isn’t particularly user-friendly
The Range Rover Evoque’s interior looks just as smart as its stylish exterior. You get a slick, minimalist dashboard with plenty of glossy trims around the slim air vents and beside the central infotainment display.
You get a single touchscreen as standard but upgrade to an SE model and you get an extra screen just for controlling the car’s air conditioning. It looks more futuristic than the conventional controls you get in the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, but it’s trickier to use on the move.
Elsewhere in the Range Rover Evoque, you get a decent number of soft, squidgy plastics but a few materials – such as the plastic above the glovebox on the passenger’s side – feels a little flimsy. It’s a shame that the stitching on the dashboard isn’t exactly arrow-straight, either.
S models and above come with leather seats as standard, but you can choose to have your Evoque fitted with vegan-friendly upholstery instead. Despite being made of recycled materials, they actually feel pretty posh.
You can also get the Evoque with aluminium pedal trims and a sporty black headlining as part of the R-Dynamic pack, but the latter can make things feel a little dark and dingy inside. If that’s a concern, the optional panoramic glass roof is well worth paying extra for. It’s absolutely huge and makes the Evoque’s cabin feel much airier.
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The Range Rover Evoque gets a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard with Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital radio, but it’s far from the most responsive system on sale and the glossy screen can be tricky to read in direct sunlight.
The upgraded system in S models comes with a faster processor, but it still isn’t quite as responsive as the systems you get in a BMW X1 and Audi Q3, plus it takes ages to turn on when you first get in the car.
At least the graphics are pretty sharp, the menus are laid out fairly sensibly and you get built-in sat-nav as standard. The slightly laggy screen means it isn’t quite as easy to input an address as in the Audi and BMW, though, but at least you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard so you can use your phone’s navigation apps through the Evoque’s built-in screen instead.
Pick an SE model and you get an additional screen in front of the steering wheel instead of analogue dials. It works just like Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system but it isn’t quite as colourful and the screen isn’t as bright so you might struggle to read some of its smaller icons. That being said, it makes it a doddle to follow sat-nav directions because you don’t have to keep glancing down at the screen on the dashboard.
The touch-sensitive pads on the steering wheel for tweaking this screen’s settings aren’t quite as intuitive as those in the Audi though, so you might find yourself looking down to make sure you’re pressing the right button. Hardly ideal.
It’s a similar story with the touchscreen heating and ventilation controls you get in SE cars and above. This display replaces conventional knobs and dials on the centre console but it’s much trickier to use – especially in direct sunlight when the screen becomes a mess of glare and greasy fingerprints.
It’s not all bad news, though. Pick a high-spec HSE model and you get a beefier Meridian stereo which sounds absolutely fantastic.