Range Rover Evoque (2013-2019) review – with once exotic style now familiar, does the Evoque still have what takes? - Interior and Tech

Concept car looks and a luxurious interior compensate for some less than inspiring handling

Evo rating
Price
from £30,760
  • Comfort, interior quality, off-road capabilities
  • Steering feel, tech still a big step behind, rivals better it dynamically

One of the biggest shortcomings of the Evoque has always been on the technology front and this mid-cycle update has attempted to fix the issues.

Unfortunately for Land Rover, they have largely failed. The ‘InControl Touch’ system is well and truly behind the competition. Its low-res screen is coupled to confusing menus and a lack of functionality. The InControl Touch Pro system found in the Jaguar XE and new Discovery is better, but the rotary controlled systems from the German premium brands is still far superior.

The interior, on the other hand, does a good job of giving the Evoque the premium Range Rover factor that many buying into the badge will expect. The entry-level cars do a good job of feeling fairly expensive but the top of the line Autobiography models are exceptional. But so they should be at £52,200 for the three door coupe. The most luxurious Evoque gets a full Oxford leather interior, deeper carpets andilluminated ‘Autobiography’ treadplates.

The best thing about the Evoque, when you’re inside at least, is the panoramic glass roof. It’s an option on the lesser models, but standard on the Dynamic Lux and Autobiography models. It adds weight up high, just where you don’t want it, but it brightens up the cabin brilliantly. It almost negates the need for a full convertible.  

2016 Evoques can be specified with a built-in WiFi hotspot, as well as a lane departure warning system and an auto boot opening mechanism that uses sensors triggered by your foot to help you open the rear door while your hands are full. Yes, the same system first seen on a Ford Kuga…

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