Five-door models feel fairly roomy in the back – especially with the panoramic glass sunroof – but neither three nor five-door cars have a particularly big boot for a car this size
You might be surprised that, inside the Evoque, it feels more like a sportscar, thanks to the high window line and tall centre console. Better still, there’s plenty of headroom in the front and the seating position is excellent, giving you a great view to the front that’s hampered only by a sizeable blind spot created by the thick windscreen pillar. This can make pulling out of tight junctions tricky, while the minuscule rear window and thick rear pillars can make changing lanes on the motorway a slightly nerve-wracking experience.
Even on the basic SE models, both the driver and passenger seats have eight-way electrical adjustment as standard; but, SE Tech models and above come with 12-way adjustment, and top-spec Autobiography versions come with a comprehensive 14-way adjustment – as if you needed more buttons to fiddle with – and convenient memory functions that let you save preset positions for different drivers.
If you regularly carry passengers in the back, it’s best to avoid the three-door Evoque coupe. Yes, it looks a little more stylish than the five-door, but the steeply sloping roofline restricts the headroom and makes clambering in and out a real chore.
Even in five-door models, rear headroom and kneeroom are tighter than in alternative models, while a large lump in the floor, small footwells and upright rear seatbacks make it less comfortable for three to sit abreast than in either an X3 or a GLC.
The panoramic glass roof (optional on SE and SE Tech models, but standard on the rest of the range) adds a wee bit more much-needed headroom and helps make the Evoque’s cabin feel a little lighter. Even with it, the small windows make it feel quite claustrophobic in the rear seats, especially for young children or short adults.
You’ll have no trouble fitting a large bottle of water in the front doors or the huge glovebox, and all models come with a pair of useful cupholders on the centre console, but the Evoque isn’t overly blessed with cubbies. The storage compartment under the front armrest will struggle to hold anything larger than a smartphone and the rear door pockets are rather small, too.
As you would probably expect, the larger five-door model is much more practical and fitting a child seat is simple. The rear doors open wide and their square shape means you can easily get the seat in and fix it to the clearly marked Isofix points. Just remember to tuck their removable plastic covers somewhere safe, because they’re all too easy to lose.
Its sporty looks mean the Evoque’s not quite as practical as many larger SUVs. Boot space is OK but room in the back is tight
The Evoque can carry a reasonable 420 litres of luggage with five seats in place; and, when you fold down the rear seats, you get 1,445 litres to play with in the five-door model, and 1350 in the coupe. That makes it roomier than the boot in a conventional family car, but both the BMW X3 and the Mercedes GLC – with identical 550-litre and 1,600-litre capacities – are much more spacious.
That said, you’ll still be able to fit a stroller, a set of golf clubs or a weekend’s worth of family luggage in the boot of the Evoque. There are also some useful tie-down hooks and space to hang your shopping bags; and, if you need room for something bigger, the rear seats fold down in a 60:40 split using buttons beside the rear headrests.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any seat-folding levers in the boot itself and, unless you remove the headrests, the rear seats don’t fold completely flat. Even so, with the rear seats folded down, there’s still enough space to store a bike without removing its wheels.
Better still, sliding bulky items into the boot couldn’t be easier, thanks to the flat boot lip and there’s some extra space under the boot floor to safely hide some valuables. However, you can’t drop down the centre section of the rear seats, which would let you slide skis through from the boot, and there’s also nowhere inside the car to store the parcel shelf if you have to take it out.