The new Evoque retains all those things we loved about the first generation; the sloping roof line, the two-tone paint, the stylish grille and front end all still have those signature traits. They’ve now been elevated with some Range Rover Velar features, like door handles that sit flush with the car, popping out and open once you unlock it. The Evoque is undoubtedly sophisticated and still, in my eyes, one of the best-looking SUVs on the market.
The interior keeps up with the exterior with a layout that is both refined and practical. There are two screens, one for multimedia and one for controls such as the climate, and a very glossy black finish on most surfaces.
The car I tested was fitted with the Responsibly Sourced Pack, which costs an extra $4188 and is essentially a vegan interior, compared to the leather one you will get as standard. The seats are finished in premium wool, which keeps you cool in summer, warm in winter and looks fab while being hard wearing. There’s a lovely, suede-like fabric covering the steering wheel and while I did wonder why they didn’t use vegan-leather fabric for the seats (much easier to keep clean), I wondered more about the cost. Normally, you pay more for leather, which makes sense. Range Rover is charging more for making an ethical choice, which I have a bit of an issue with, and think it should be offered at the same price.
I drove it over a terribly rainy week and my kids traipsed mud through the car and on the seats, which I thought would leave a stain on the light-coloured fabric, but they just needed a (thorough) wipe down and they were clean again, so perhaps it’s more hard wearing than I first thought.
There’s a panoramic glass roof ($2040), which is totally worth the extra cash, the seats are heated and 14-way power adjustable, and very comfortable. It's a car that does feel fabulous to sit inside.