We think we know how the interior of our test car was created. Somebody took an Evoque cabin, threw in a white leather finish for a vast part of its (the seats, the door panels, the dashboard and the steering wheel). That person was so satisfied with its work, that a bottle of Burgundy wine had to be opened as a celebration. An unexpected, little explosion followed, but the result, instead of being a disaster, was something as refined as the liquid the was splashed all around the interior.
Both the leather and the colors are optional extras and, together with the multitude of features that, by the way, have ergonomically-placed controls, create a premium feeling.
However, this can't be said for the "middle" area (vertically speaking) of the cabin, which is where Land Rover decided to cut costs. Beside the nice metallic trimming in our test car, sat a land of much cheaper-looking black plastic.
And it's not just the plastic: the Terrain Response controls, for example, are no longer concentrated in a know like in the car's big brothers, but com in a form that seems borrowed from an average B-segment car. Fortunately, the average part of the cabin is overwhelmed by the plush one.
The design of the interior is also new for Land Rover, being a pretty far stretch from what the company has accustomed us with in terms.
The driving position is a hybrid, combining the brand's well-known commanding asset with one that is more suitable for a on-road performance orientated vehicle. However, if you really start taking advantage of the 240 hp of the car, you'll find the seats a little but lacking support. You can order the optional sport seats for that, but we hadn't had a chance to test them yet, so we can't tell you is that's a good idea or not.
The space in the back is a pleasant surprise - the three-door version we tested has the exact length as the five-door one and two adults can sit comfortably in the back, even on longer trips.
So then, since we're speaking about a compact car, the compromise must have been done in terms of luggage space, right? Wrong. The boot is also surprisingly large, mainly due to the fact that its upper edge, where the windows start, is placed very high.
This is also the clue that reveals the area in which the price for all those assets is paid: rear visibility. In fact, the lateral visibility is also below average, but this seems like a small price to pay for the vehicle's concept-like looks, once you get used to it.
All in all, the interior is surprisingly spacious and just as special as it should be for the beefy price of the Evoque.Continue reading