Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • High quality cabin makes its occupants feel special
  • Worth stretching to the upgraded multimedia system
  • Commanding view out, although the windows are narrow

Once inside the Range Rover Evoque, it’s difficult not to feel like you’re somewhere special, particularly on models sold from mid-2015 with an increased use of leather on the dashboard and door panels.

There’s a familiar uncluttered vibe to the cabin, as experienced in the larger Range Rovers, but although it feels well built, the Evoque’s switchgear and controls are a tad downmarket compared with its bigger siblings.

Higher-spec Evoques have a more expensive-looking 10.2-inch version of the multimedia system known as InControl Touch Pro, with crisp graphics and a much more responsive user experience than the cheaper set-up.

Being an SUV, the Evoque gives its its occupants an elevated view of the road ahead, although the lofty views are somewhat impinged by the shallow depth of the windows and thick A-pillars.

Forward visibility is decent, though with broad door mirrors allowing you to keep tabs of what’s going on behind you; just as well because the rear screen is particularly shallow, and doesn't really give you much view to play with.

All Evoques have electrically-adjustable front seats so establishing a suitable driving position shouldn’t pose many people a problem.

Is it comfortable?

  • Comfortable seats lacking in side support
  • Larger wheels can transmit vibrations to the cabin
  • Engines refinement is so-so, but is relatively hushed

Although the Range Rover Evoque is a plush SUV, the feeling of luxury doesn't always extend to the ride quality. There’s no escaping that the ride quality can be jittery over rougher road surfaces, especially when fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels. It's firm, but the damping is good, so you'll  never be too uncomfortable.

There is an above-average amount of tyre noise rumbling into the cabin on the larger wheels. It's unlikely to prove to be a deal-breaker though, and you will still feel fresh after a couple of hours behind the wheel, even if you have been driving on uneven asphalt.

While the seats offer decent levels of back support, the bases are a little flat and you don't feel hemmed-in as much as you would like on cornering. Depsite that, they support in the right places, and work well on longer journeys.

Both the diesel and petrol engines are muted, although the former is rather audible when you ramp up the revs, and clattery at idle, especially when cold. Wind noise, from where the air blows around the large door mirrors, is pleasingly minimal.